Collision over San Luis Obispo

The sky was clear, as a Wings West commuter plane carrying 15 people took off from the San Luis Obispo airport for San Francisco, some 200 miles to the north. Meanwhile, a flight instructor and his student were flying near by in a single-engine plane. The aircrafts met without warning at 3,000 ft. The flaming wreckage plummeted to the ground, killing all 17 aboard.

The San Luis Obispo airport is considered too small to have a control tower, so no one was in charge of guiding the traffic. Aircraft taking off and landing are supposed to use the same radio...

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