Skywest Airlines Flight 1834
|Date||January 15, 1987|
|Summary||Mid-air collision caused by pilot error on Mooney M-20 aircraft|
|Site||near South Valley Regional Airport, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Total fatalities||10 (all)|
|Type||Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II|
|Flight origin||Pocatello Airport|
|Destination||Salt Lake City International Airport|
SkyWest Airlines Flight 1834 collided in midair with a Mooney M-20.
The SkyWest Airlines aircraft, which was 30 minutes late, was on final approach to Runway 34 of Salt Lake City International Airport when the collision occurred. The Mooney M-20 had just taken off from South Valley Regional Airport and had two crew, a pilot and a student pilot. The aircraft collided in mid air and fell to the ground. Bodies were scattered over a one mile square area. A temporary morgue was set up at a nearby church to identify the victims of the disaster. The main section of the SkyWest Airlines aircraft came to rest in the middle of a suburban street after sliding through a chain-link fence. Many people reported hearing a 'big boom' and then 'parts were flying everywhere'. In a later interview, the air traffic controller on duty claimed that the SkyWest Airlines aircraft was initiating a 90 degree turn when the collision occurred.
The investigation into this accident ultimately blamed the Mooney M-20 instructor pilot for straying into the Salt Lake City airport radar service area. The investigation also criticised the lack of a Mode-C transponder and the limitations of air traffic control collision protection.
- Aeromexico Flight 498 another collision between a private aircraft and a commercial airliner.