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The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute (ASI) released a new video from its Early Analysis series providing an initial examination of a tragic accident that took place last Sunday.

On July 17, 2022, a Piper PA-46 Malibu and a Cessna 172 Skyhawk collided during landing at North Las Vegas Airport in Nevada. Each aircraft had two persons on board and sadly all four occupants were killed in the collision.

The Cessna had taken off from Runway 30L entering a right pattern for Runway 30R. The Malibu was cleared to overfly the airport and land on Runway 30L. The controller issued a second clearance for the Malibu to land on Runway 30L. The two aircraft collided on the extended centerline of Runway 30R.

“In Early Analysis: Midair Collision at North Las Vegas, the AOPA Air Safety Institute wants to help pilots understand what is known about the accident and we look at factors that are likely to be a subject of the investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)," said AOPA's ASI Senior Vice President Richard McSpadden. “This accident appears to be a midair collision as a result of a wrong-surface event.”

McSpadden continued, “Parallel runways, especially those offset like at North Las Vegas, can be visually confusing. This accident illustrates the importance of situational awareness and conducting a visual check to ensure the final approach is clear of traffic.”

Early Analysisvideos provide an initial assessment of prominent mishaps that generate large public interest and may indicate important safety lessons for the general aviation community.

View the new video here and the entire series here.

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