NTSB To Report On Two Midairs

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Two fatal midair crashes that took place in 2015 will be discussed at an NTSB hearing on Nov. 15, the safety board said on Tuesday. At the hearing, the board will release its analytical findings, its determination of probable cause and suggested safety improvements. The board posted its docket of information and a factual report this week from its investigation of a July 2015 collision between a Cessna 150M and a USAF Lockheed-Martin F-16CM in South Carolina. Two people in the Cessna died; the F-16 was destroyed, but the pilot ejected and landed safely. Five people died in August 2015 when a Cessna 172M and a North American Rockwell NA265-60SC Sabreliner collided near San Diego.

In the San Diego crash, both airplanes were trying to land at Brown Field Municipal Airport, about a mile north of the Mexican border, when they collided. When the South Carolina crash occurred, the F-16 pilot was practicing approaches at Charleston Air Force Base/International Airport. The Cessna had departed from Berkeley County Airport several minutes earlier. NTSB board meetings are broadcast live online from Washington, D.C.

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