January 1, 2008, Sonoma, Calif., Piper PA-28-180/Glastar


At about 1430 Pacific time, the two aircraft collided in flight while maneuvering to land. None of the three aboard the two airplanes was injured; the Piper sustained minor damage while the Glastar was substantially damaged. Visual conditions prevailed.

As the Piper approached the runway to land, its pilot heard a thump and then saw the Glastar climb out from below. He noted damage to the Glastars rudder. The Piper landed; the Glastars pilot encountered control difficulties and flew to a nearby airport for an uneventful landing.


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