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Frank McKiernan - Accident Victim

On Saturday, May 1 at approximately 13:30 EST a mid-air collision occurred in the vicintity of Philadelphia Glider Council (PGC) in Hilltown, Pennsylvania between a tow plane and a 2-place glider. The tow pilot and both occupants of the glider were killed.

The tow plane was on departure from runway 09 with a PW-5 in tow. At an altitude of approximately 1500 ft AGL, the Cessna L-19 tow plane and a Grob 103 with an instructor and another licensed pilot on board, collided.

The pilot of the PW-5 on tow released seconds before the collision and landed safely at PGC.

The tow pilot was Joe Agostini of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. The two pilots aboard the Grob 103 were Jerry Goff of Doylestown, Pennsylvania and Frank McKeirnan of Philiadelphia.

The accident is under investigation by the FAA and the NTSB.

Posted: 6/1/1999

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