Date: September 09, 1969
Time: 14:29
Location: Near Fairland, Indiana
Operator: Allegheny Airlines / Forth Corporation
Flight #: 853
Route: Indianapolis - Bakalar AFB
AC Type: MD Douglas DC-9-31/Piper Cherokee PA-28
Registration: N988VJ/N7374J
cn / ln: 47211/357 / ?
Aboard: 83   (passengers:79  crew:4)
Fatalities: 83   (passengers:79  crew:4)
Ground: 0
Summary: Midair collision at 2,500 ft. The Piper crashed into the tail of the DC-9 as it prepared to land. Eighty-two killed aboard the DC-9, one aboard the Piper. Inadequate VFR separation and deficiencies in the ATC system in the terminal area with mixed VFR/IFR traffic.

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