This July 2008 accident report is are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Cessna 182, Extra 300. Injuries: None. Location: San Jose, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: After landing on runway 31R, the Cessna pilot exited onto taxiway Delta, with instructions to hold short of taxiway Zulu and to contact ground control for further taxi instructions. The pilot contacted ground control, and received a clearance to taxi to parking via taxiway Zulu. During this time, an Extra 300 landed on runway 31L, and exited onto taxiway Delta. The Extra pilot was instructed to hold short for the parallel runway. As he turned onto taxiway Delta, the pilot of the Extra 300 saw the Cessna 182 holding short of taxiway Zulu. About a minute later, he was cleared to cross the right runway, hold short of taxiway Zulu, then contact ground control. The pilot of the Extra 300 taxied about 50 yards onto taxiway Delta, across the runway and towards taxiway Zulu. He stated that the nose of the airplane blocked his forward view and that he did not perform S-turns to identify any obstacles ahead. The Extra 300 pilot was taxiing with idle power, and about to contact ground control, when the propeller of his airplane collided with the tail, rudder, and elevator of the Cessna 182.
Probable cause: The pilot of the other airplane’s inadequate visual lookout and failure to maintain clearance from another airplane.
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