The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped Curtiss Wright Travel Air 4000 reported that he was cleared to taxi to the departure runway at the airport in San Diego.
While taxiing, he was doing S-turns to see over the nose of his airplane, and “must have missed a call to the aircraft ahead of him,” which had been instructed to hold short of the upcoming taxiway.
His airplane hit the empennage of the stopped airplane that was holding short.
His airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, and the stopped airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.
Both pilots reported no pre-accident mechanical malfunctions or failures with their airplanes that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to see and avoid the airplane stopped ahead of him during taxi.
NTSB Identification: GAA17CA077A
This November 2016 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.