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Significant Factors


  1. The crew of the Dash 8 did not hear the departure report by the pilot of the Chieftain or if they did, they did not appreciate that there was a potential for conflict.
  2. The crew of the Dash 8 did not include their position when they requested traffic information from flight service prior to leaving FL180.
  3. The pilot of the Chieftain did not hear the descent report from the Dash 8 crew.
  4. The track of the Chieftain in relation to the early morning sun limited the pilot's ability to scan for other traffic.
  5. A reflection off the Chieftain alerted the Dash 8 crew to the presence of the aircraft.
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