Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Waukegan Regional Airport

Zion, Illinois 60099
Tuesady, February 8, 2000 15:04 CST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
At 1455:29, the pilot of N5ZA, a Moravan Z242L, called the Waukegan Regional Airport (UGN) air traffic control tower (ATCT) and reported 15 miles northeast for landing. The local controller (LC) acknowledged and queried N5ZA, "are you coming down the shoreline?" N5ZA responded, "That's affirmative." (Radar data showed that N5ZA was actually 4.5 miles east of the shoreline). The LC instructed the pilot to "report turning final at the shoreline for the straight in [to] runway two three." The pilot responded, "ok, straight in for two three, thanks." At 1457:57, the LC instructed N99063, a Cessna 172P, to taxi into position and hold," and, 10 seconds later, he cleared N99063 for takeoff. At 1459:48, the LC asked the pilot of N5ZA for his position. The pilot replied that he was "just about a mile or two off the lake...off the shoreline." (However, radar data showed that N5ZA was actually 3.75 miles off the shore along the runway 23 extended centerline and 2.7 miles from shore with the shoreline being abeam to the right side of the aircraft.) At 1459:53, the LC asked the pilot, "are you straight in still?" The pilot responded, "ah, yes sir." The LC instructed the pilot to "keep your speed up as much as feasible cleared to land." The pilot acknowledged and stated, "peddling as fast as I can." At 1500:38, the LC instructed N99063 to "continue on the downwind, advise when you see a red low wing aircraft straight in on final." The pilot of N99063 responded, "looking for traffic." (Radar data showed that N99063 was established on the downwind leg, approximately 0.7 miles due north of the approach end of runway 23. The radar also showed that N5ZA was 2.3 miles northeast of the shoreline, 6.3 miles from the approach end of runway 23.) At 1500:50, the pilot stated, "zulu alpha's the white zlin." The LC acknowledged and transmitted to N99063, "it'll be a white low wing aircraft." The pilot of N99063 acknowledged. At 1501:16, the pilot of N99063 stated, "negative traffic," and asked the LC to advise her when to turn for her base leg. The LC acknowledged. (Radar data showed that N99063 was 1.75 miles northeast of the approach end of runway 23 and that N5ZA was 1.4 miles northeast of the shoreline, 5.3 miles from the approach end of runway 23.) At 1501:41, the LC asked the pilot of N5ZA how far out he was from the shoreline; the pilot responded that he was "just crossing the shoreline." (Radar data showed that N5ZA was 0.8 miles from the shoreline, approximately 4.8 miles from the approach end of runway 23.) At 1502:09, the LC asked the pilot of N99063 if she saw N5ZA yet. The pilot of N99063 responded, "negative." The LC asked the pilot of N99063, "have you passed the shoreline?" The pilot of N99063 replied, "gettin there." (Radar data showed that N99063 was 1.6 miles from the shore along the extended downwind leg for runway 23's right-hand traffic pattern.) At 1502:16, the LC instructed N99063 to "start your base leg now." The pilot of N99063 acknowledged. (Radar data showed N5ZA crossing the shoreline, 4 miles from the approach end of the runway 23. As the pilot of N99063 turned onto base leg, then final approach, the airplane was slightly in front of N5ZA.) At 1503:19, the pilot of N5ZA reported, "negative contact with the cessna in front of us." (Radar data showed that N5ZA was approximately 2.6 miles from the approach end of runway 23.) The LC replied, "you should be number one, Bob." At 1503:27, the pilot of N5ZA stated, "then we have the traffic in sight, thanks." (Radar data showed that N99063 established on final 2.5 miles from the approach end of runway 23.) At 1503:38, the LC instructed the pilot of N99063 to "advise when you turn final." The pilot of N99063 reported that she was on final approach. The LC said, "thank you." At 1503:53, the LC asked N5ZA, "do you see a cessna in front of you?" At 1504:00, the pilot of N5ZA responded, "[N5ZA] just had a midair." The LC responded, "we just saw that." (The last radar target from N5ZA was received at 1503:59 and showed that N5ZA was 2 miles from the approach end of runway 23.) Both airplanes came down in the city of Zion, Illinois. N5ZA impacted into the roof of a hospital, and subsequently exploded. N99063 struck a tree and a sidewalk before coming to rest on a residential street. Examinations of the wreckage of both airplanes revealed no anomalies.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from the other airplane. Factors relating to the accident were the pilot's poor visual lookout, and the airport control tower local controller's failure to provide effective sequencing.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date2/8/2000 
Event Day of the WeekTuesday 
Time of Event1504 
Event Time ZoneCentral Standard Time 
Event CityZION  
Event StateILLINOIS 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site60099  
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorYes 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location AirportWAUKEGAN REGIONAL AIRPORT 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDUGN  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport50 
Airport Elevation727 
Weather Briefing CompletenessNot pertinent 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1455 Central Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)50 
Weather Observation Facility IDUGN  
Elevation of weather observation facility727 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationCST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)33 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)23 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)220 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)17 
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30 
Density Altitude (feet)
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryFatal 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)658 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateFeb 8 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1602 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordJul 25 2001 4:45AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1 Aircraft #2
Aircraft Registration Number N5ZA  N99063 
NTSB Number CHI00MA066A  CHI00MA066B 
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. Part Part 91: General Aviation  Part 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filed None  None 
Flight plan Was Activated? --  -- 
Damage Destroyed  Destroyed 
Aircraft Fire Ground  None 
Aircraft Explosion Ground  None 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full Name Moravan   Cessna  
Aircraft Model Z242L   172P  
Aircraft Series Identifier Z242L   172P  
Aircraft Serial Number 0695   17276398  
Certified Max Gross Weight 2400  2150 
Aircraft Category Airplane  Airplane 
Aircraft Registration Class U.S. Registered/U.S. Soil  U.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt? No  No 
Flight Crew Seats --  -- 
Cabin Crew Seats --  -- 
Passenger Seats --  -- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gear Fixed  Fixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection Annual  100 Hour 
Date of Last Inspection Nov 3 1999 12:00AM  Jan 10 2000 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection 60 
Airframe Hours 100  12160 
ELT Installed Yes  Yes 
ELT Activated Unknown  Yes 
ELT Aided Location of Event Site No  No 
ELT Type --  -- 
Aircraft Owner Name DANIEL BITTON & ROBERT COLLINS  ATE OF NEW YORK, INC.  
Aircraft Owner Street Address 3800 N. MCAREE ROAD   90 ARRIVAL AVENUE  
Aircraft Owner City WAUKEGAN   RONKONKOMA  
Aircraft Owner State IL  NY 
Aircraft Owner Country    
Aircraft Owner Zipcode 60087   11779  
Operator is an individual? --  -- 
Operator Name   AMERICAN FLYERS  
Operator Same as Owner? Yes  No 
Operator Is Doing Business As --  -- 
Operator Address Same as Owner? Yes  No 
Operator Street Address   2N040 POWIS ROAD  
Operator City   WEST CHICAGO  
Operator State   IL 
Operator Country    
Operator Zip code   60185  
Operator Code    
Owner has at least one certificate None  None 
Other Operator of large aircraft? No  No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation Unknown  Unknown 
Operator Certificate Number --  -- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not --  -- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight --  -- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail --  -- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary) Personal  Instructional 
Second Pilot on Board No  No 
Departure Point Same as Event No  No 
Departure Airport Code SBM   UGN  
Departure City SHEBOYGAN   WAUKEGAN  
Departure State WI  IL 
Departure Country    
Departure Time 1400  1458 
Departure Time Zone CST  CST 
Destination Same as Local Flt --  dest & departure same, accident can occur anywhere 
Destination Airport Code UGN    
Destination City WAUKEGAN    
Destination State IL   
Destination Country    
Specific Phase of Flight Approach  Approach 
Report sent to ICAO? --  -- 
Evacuation occurred --  -- 
Date of most recent change to record Jul 25 2001 4:05AM  May 5 2001 4:05AM 
User who most recently changed record dbo   dbo  
Since inspection or accident --  -- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location 23   23  
Runway Length 6000  6000 
Runway Width 150  150 
Sight Seeing flight No  No 
Air Medical Flight No  No 
Medical Flight --  --