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PREFLIGHT ACCIDENT REPORT
BY DAN NAMOWITZ
SEPARATION ANXIETY
WHY NOT JUST GO AROUND?
I WAS CHUGGING AROUND THE
traffic pattern of what was back then a
very busy nontowered airport in Nashua,
New Hampshire, on my second solo in a
Cessna 152 when a seasoned-sounding
voice came up on the frequency. The
pilot was notifying the Cessna on the
downwind-me-that he was overtaking
me in some kind of very fast airplane.
I had no idea what a twin turboprop
Mitsubishi MU-2 was in those days, but
no worries, he had me in sight; would I
mind if he went in ahead of me?
Unbeknownst to that pilot, the request
was novel for a student pilot accustomed
to flying orderly traffic patterns within a
flock of trainers of nearly identical power,
performance, and appearance. But this
was the real world, so I summoned the
vast composure bred of my 14 hours of
flight experience and responded: Please go
ahead; I will extend my downwind leg and
follow you. Shortly thereafter, a compact
high-wing twin, with what I now know of
those distinctive MU-2 wingtip fuel tanks,
zipped past me on a wide downwind, arced
around onto final, and landed. The aircraft
was well clear of the runway by the time
I flew my only-slightly elongated traffic
pattern and touched down.
It was good practice, a valuable introduction
to the endless combinations of
aircraft and pilot experience levels that
comprise the everyday world of airport
operations, and it underlined for me the
importance of learning about the performance
and operating characteristics of
aircraft that other people fly.
Not every attempt to coexist with
other aircraft in the terminal environment
goes off so seamlessly.
Slowing down early instead of during
the critical phase of a final approach
might have produced a more satisfactory
outcome for a Cessna T210 pilot, with an
estimated 207 hours, who crashed into
a residential neighborhood after
punching into the traffic pattern of an
airport in Peyton, Colorado, between
two much slower Cessna 150s on August
26, 2020.
His compression of the traffic pattern
initiated an accident chain that required
only a few links before turning fatal. The
NTSB, citing the eyewitness account
of the pilot in the trailing Cessna 150,
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