As the pilot was taxiing the T-211 Thorpedo to takeoff on Runway 10 from the airport in Mountain Home, Idaho, he encountered a truck parked on the taxiway.
He made a 180° left turn, taxied back down the taxiway, then made a second 180° left turn in an attempt to reverse direction to go around the truck.
However, during the turn the airplane went off the right side of the taxiway and into some soft dirt, which required the pilot to increase power to get out of the dirt and back upon the runway.
The pilot stated that he thought he had added too much power, and as a result, when the airplane regained the taxiway surface it proceeded across the taxiway and hit the truck with its right wing, which resulted in substantial damage to the wing.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to maintain clearance with a parked truck while taxiing for takeoff.
NTSB Identification: WPR15CA017
This October 2014 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.