Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Witham Field Airport

Stuart, Florida 34996
Tuesady, March 14, 2000 14:35 EST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The pilot of the Cessna 310 (N6744T) had been on a right base for runway 7, and at 1433:30, had at the Stuart tower controller's request, verified that it was the Cessna 310 that was turning on final for runway 7. At 1433:33 the controller cleared the pilot of the Cessna 310 to land on runway 7. Previously, the pilot of the Beech A-36 (N51ML) had requested from, and had been cleared by the Palm Beach Arrival Radar North Controller, to execute the global positioning system (GPS) instrument approach to runway 12 at Stuart, and the procedure had been coordinated with the local tower controllers at Stuart. Shortly thereafter however, the initial Palm Beach Approach controller was relieved, and the relieving approach controller issued the pilot of the Beech A-36 a visual approach clearance to Stuart, along with a radio frequency communications handoff to the Stuart (local) tower controller, which the pilot of the Beech A-36 accepted. However, no follow-up coordination had been conducted between the Palm Beach Approach controllers and the local tower controllers to advise that the Beech A-36 was no longer executing the GPS approach to runway 12. Meanwhile, the Beech A-36 was proceeding inbound to Stuart, from its present position, lining up with runway 7. During the same time period, in response to an inquiry, the local controller had become engaged in a conversation about operations near the airport, and the conversation, interspersed with other air traffic control instructions, limited communications contact, while the Cessna 310 and the Beech A-36 were proceeding inbound to the airport. At 1433:58 the pilot of Beech A-36 informed the local tower controller that he was on a 2 mile final for runway 7, and the local tower controller responded that the Beech A-36 had been expected to execute the GPS approach to runway 12. Shortly thereafter, the Cessna 310 and Beech A-36 collided with each other, in flight, in the traffic pattern, while both were approaching to land on runway 07 at Stuart. During the collision Cessna 310 incurred minor damage, but the pilot continued the approach, and landed safely at Stuart. After the collision, the pilot of Beech A-36 terminated the approach and proceeded to North County Airport, where he landed without further incident. Examination of Beech revealed that the left wing spar had been bent.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
the failure of both pilots to maintain an adequate visual lookout, resulting in both airplanes colliding in flight. Contributing to the accident were: 1) inadequate approach/departure control service by ATC approach/departure personnel, and the failure of the radar approach controller to advise the local tower controller of the change in approach procedure for N51ML; 2) the excessive and extraneous radio communications by the local controller which prevented both pilots from providing timely position information during the critical period prior to the midair collision.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date3/14/2000 
Event Day of the WeekTuesday 
Time of Event1435 
Event Time ZoneEastern Standard Time 
Event CitySTUART  
Event StateFLORIDA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site34996  
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorYes 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location AirportWITHAM FIELD  
Event Location Nearest Airport IDSUA  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport210 
Airport Elevation17 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1453 Eastern Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility IDSUA  
Elevation of weather observation facility17 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationEST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height10000 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height3700 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingBroken 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)23 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)13 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)90 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)14 
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30 
Density Altitude (feet)800 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
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)1054 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateMar 14 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1600 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordNov 6 2001 9:40AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\MONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1 Aircraft #2
Aircraft Registration Number N6744T  N51ML 
NTSB Number MIA00FA107A  MIA00FA107B 
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. Part Part 91: General Aviation  Part 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filed None  IFR 
Flight plan Was Activated? --  -- 
Damage Minor  Substantial 
Aircraft Fire None  None 
Aircraft Explosion None  None 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full Name Cessna   Beech  
Aircraft Model 310D   A36  
Aircraft Series Identifier 310D   A36  
Aircraft Serial Number 39044   E3105  
Certified Max Gross Weight 4850  3663 
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 Retractable  Retractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection Annual  Annual 
Date of Last Inspection Oct 7 1999 12:00AM  Sep 9 1999 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection 24  61 
Airframe Hours 5840  393 
ELT Installed Yes  Yes 
ELT Activated No  No 
ELT Aided Location of Event Site Unknown  Unknown 
ELT Type --  -- 
Aircraft Owner Name JAMES F. MILLER JR   MARK LEMELMAN  
Aircraft Owner Street Address 7 ROCKY HILL ROAD   13221 BURGUNDY DRIVE SOUTH  
Aircraft Owner City UPR SADDLE RIVR  PALM BCH GARDEN 
Aircraft Owner State NJ  FL 
Aircraft Owner Country    
Aircraft Owner Zipcode 07458   33410  
Operator is an individual? --  -- 
Operator Name    
Operator Same as Owner? Yes  Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As --  -- 
Operator Address Same as Owner? Yes  Yes 
Operator Street Address    
Operator City    
Operator State    
Operator Country    
Operator Zip code    
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  Personal 
Second Pilot on Board No  No 
Departure Point Same as Event No  No 
Departure Airport Code LNA   LAL  
Departure City LANTANA   LAKELAND  
Departure State FL  FL 
Departure Country    
Departure Time 1410  1330 
Departure Time Zone   EST 
Destination Same as Local Flt crash at destination city  crash at destination city 
Destination Airport Code SUA   SUA  
Destination City    
Destination State    
Destination Country    
Specific Phase of Flight Approach  Approach 
Report sent to ICAO? --  -- 
Evacuation occurred --  -- 
Date of most recent change to record Jun 2 2001 4:08AM  Jun 2 2001 4:08AM 
User who most recently changed record dbo   dbo  
Since inspection or accident --  -- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location 7   7  
Runway Length 4652  4652 
Runway Width 100  100 
Sight Seeing flight No  No 
Air Medical Flight No  No 
Medical Flight --  --