The pilot of a Cessna was waiting in the run-up area to the runway in Nampa, Idaho. Before he could move onto the runway, he heard a loud noise and felt his airplane move.
He shut down the engine and, after getting out of the airplane, saw that the left wing of a Piper had collided with the Cessna’s rudder and vertical stabilizer, tipping the vertical stabilizer to the right and twisting and buckling the fuselage.
The Piper pilot stated he was taxiing to get fuel with no intent for flight when he saw the tail of the Cessna directly in front of him. He applied the right brake and swerved his airplane to avoid directly hitting the Cessna with the propeller.
The pilot added that he had no idea why he was unable to see the Cessna in time to avoid the collision.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of this accident as the failure of the pilot of the Piper to maintain proper visual lookout.
NTSB Identification: WPR13CA139
This March 2013 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.