The chief pilot of the flight school at the airport in Brunswick, Georgia, reported that the pilot receiving instruction was taxiing the Diamond DA42 to the runway at the non-tower-controlled airport and was “heads-in” looking down and researching information on his iPad when he heard someone yell, “stop.”
He quickly applied the brakes, but the plane collided with an airplane stopped on the taxiway, holding short of the runway.
The chief pilot added the flight instructor was inputting radio frequencies and was unaware that the pilot was also looking inside the airplane. The instructor looked up just in time to hear the backseat passenger yell “stop” and see the collision.
The safety coordinator of the flight school that operated the stopped airplane reported that, while holding short of the runway and performing the before takeoff checklist, the flight instructor and pilot receiving instruction felt a hard impact from the rear.
The stopped airplane sustained substantial damage to the elevator.
The safety coordinator and chief pilot both reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with their respective airplanes that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable cause: The pilot receiving instruction’s failure to see and avoid an airplane holding short of the runway on the taxiway and the flight instructor’s lack of situational awareness.
NTSB Identification: GAA18CA198B
This February 2018 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.