Nothing Wrong With the Airplanes...
Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of
this incident as follows:
the pilot of the Piper and the flight crew of the Beech's
failure to attain proper clearance from each other during their
respective landings and the intentional evasive maneuver by the
pilot to avoid the other airplane. Factors contributing to the
accident were inadequate visual lookout by the pilot and the crew
of the other airplane and the inadvertent stall."
It was September 15 of last year, at the Rock Springs airport,
when a PA-28-260 and a Beech 1900D nearly ran into each other, as
both were landing. As the NTSB report notes, "Radar showed both
airplanes continued inbound for landings on their respective chosen
runways. The data shows both airplane tracks came together at the
intersection of both runways at 1311:34."
The PA-28 was all lined up for Rwy 21, it seems, when the Piper
pilot's wife saw the commuter, from Great Lakes Airlines, all lined
up, too -- for Rwy 27. The Piper pilot gassed it and pulled up,
missed the Beech, stalled, landed mostly on its tail (it's not a
taildragger, ya know), chopped power, and slid to a stop.
The pilot and his wife
sustained minor injuries, as the poor Piper took the brunt of the
action. The Beech pilots didn't know there was such drama going on
behind them, until after the plane, with four crew and ten
passengers aboard, had docked, after an uneventful landing.
All three pilots said they had checked for traffic on their
radios and hadn't heard any. The Piper had alerted traffic, and
announced downwind, crosswind, and final, on the UNICOM/CTAF freq;
the Beech had also been on CTAF, 122.8 (and monitoring AWOS,
118.37), and was cleared to land by Denver ATC. The NTSB noted, "On
short final and approximately 200 feet above ground level, the
captain said they received a TCAS (Terrain Clearance Avoidance
System) traffic advisory showing '+300 feet,' but then it