Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2001 Issue

Oct. 17, Van Nuys, Calif. / Beech King Air and Gulfstream 1

At 15:50 Pacific time, a Beech C90 collided in midair with a Gulfstream G-159 while both aircraft were on four-mile final approaches to runway 16R at Van Nuys. Both aircraft landed safely and with no injuries to any of the occupants. The Beech was flying VFR and had been cleared to make a visual approach. The Gulfstream had been cleared for an ILS approach. The Beech pilot said he was three to four miles out on final for 16R when there was a shadow over his aircraft and the nose of the Gulfstream became visible in the top of his windshield. Immediately there was a loud “bang,” his aircraft rocked violently, and he thinks it turned to the right. He looked outside and saw damage to the left wi...

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