NTSB: failure to see and avoid costs 11 lives

 - October 11, 2007, 6:03 AM

• Failure of the pilots of two light piston twins to see and avoid each other in VMC caused a midair collision that killed 11 people aboard both airplanes, concluded the NTSB in its final report of the Aug. 9, 2000 accident. The collision, which occurred over Burlington Township, N.J., involved a Patuxent Airways Piper Navajo Chieftain and a Hortman Aviation Services Piper Seminole. The two commercial pilots and seven passengers aboard the Navajo were killed, as were the flight instructor and the private pilot aboard the Seminole. Both aircraft were flying under VFR with no ATC advisories.