The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on September 27, 1978 · Page 10
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10-A £lu' o"i:tliii-c.JiMi D.-ii!tj Ni-iuo Wednesday Morning, September 27,1978 Investigators Search For Mysterious Plane In San Diego Air Disaster SAN DIKCJO (V PD The pilot of the jetliner that plunged to earlh in the nation's biggest air disaster may not have seen the small Cessna airplane that hit the jet because of a mystery light plane that invaded the same air space, federal investigators said Tuesday. The disclosure of a second small Cessna plane near the collision that killed 151 was made by Phillip Hogue, who is overseeing the National Transportation Safely Hoard's investigation of the crash Monday. Hogue revealed the "second-plane theory" after listening to tapes of conversations between air traffic controllers and the pilots. The information indicates that the pilot of the Pacific Southwest Airlines Boeing 727, who had been warned that he was dangerously close to a small plane, saw only a twin-engine Cessna iliat was ahead of the jet and failed to see the single- engine Cessna to his right that collided with the airliner. The voices in the tape- recorded conversations between controllers and the PSA pilot were in a calm tone, indicating no emcrgencey existed, investigators said. "There was no shouting, screaming, panic or terror," Hogue said. "Absolutely no emotion." He said the control tower at Lindbergh Field advised both the Cessna and jetliner of their positions and both acknowledged. "The pilot said he was going down," Hogue said, "but lie said it in such a calm voice, like something you'd routinely say to an air traffic controller tower. ''The tower acknowledged that and said it would send equipment." Hogue emphasized that the theory of the second Cessna was not conclusive and was only a possibility raised by the tapes. The PSA and single- engine Cessa collided over the quiet neighborhood of North Park, raining bodies, debris and flaming fuel over the area in America's worst aviation disaster. Federal Aviation Administration officials also confirmed Tuesday that the single-engine Cessna and jetliner were being maneuvered to the same runway at Lindbergh Field by different control towers, at Miramar and at Lindbergh Field. But since both planes were flying under visual flight rules, and were supposed to be aware of each other, there was nothing unusual about the twin tower controlling. Hogue said controllers at Lindbergh Field, at the same time they were guiding the PSA jetliner, also were directing a twin- engine Cessna in the vicinity, although it could not immediately be determined where the plane was flying from, its exact location or its relation to the other two planes. Hogue said taped conversations with the crash- bound single-engine Cessna were garbled and he couldn't confirm whether the pilot acknowledged a warning from the tower that the PSA jetliner was in the same air space. "There was no transmission from the Cessna that I'm aware of," Hogue said, "i could be wrong." The investigator said it was his impression that the PSA pilot had the twin- engine plane in his sight but failed to see the other Cessna that tore into the jet's wing, causing it to crash. The planes collided 3,000 feet over the quiet North Park residential district, five miles from Lindbergh Field Monday morning. Police said the ]f>J persons killed — i:JB on the, jetliner, two in the Cessna and 1:1 on the ground — could go higher as authorities searched the rubble of more than a dozen homes destroyed by fire in the crash. According to initial information on the smaller plane, the Cessna piloted by flight instructor Martin Kazy Jr. took off from Montgomery Field at K: 15 a.m. on an instrument training flight with his student. David Lee Hoswell. bound for Lindbergh Field. Boswell. wearing a special plastic helmet to restrict his vision to the instrument panel, was to make his approach with the aid of a transponder, an instrument that monitors his glide palh and altitude. The instrument at the same time gave a coded signal to the approach control center at nearby Miramar Naval Air Station. According to one unidentified FAA official, controllers at either Miramar or Lindbergh warned each aircraft of the other's position. But, he said, only the PSA pilot acknowledged the warning. "We've lost the light plane (from radar contact)," controllers warned Capt. James McFeron, pilot of the PSA airliner, a 17-year-veteran, the official said. At 9:02 a.m., radar screens lost track of both the Cessna and the 727. 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