The pilot in the low-wing Sonex reported that, while in the traffic pattern at the non-towered airport in Corona, California, he made continuous reports on the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF).
He noted that, on final, he saw a high-wing airplane positioned adjacent to the runway he was approaching. He added that, on short final, “the runway was clear,” and he heard no radio transmissions.
The Sonex hit the high-wing airplane on the runway. It yawed right and came to rest nose down in front of the right wing of the high-wing airplane.
The pilot receiving instruction in the high-wing airplane reported that, after performing a run-up, she and the flight instructor taxied to and held short of the departure runway. She added that, during the taxi, she and the instructor did not hear radio transmissions on the CTAF from other aircraft in the traffic pattern.
Before departure, they visually cleared final and base and reported their departure intentions on the CTAF. They lined up on the runway for a short-field takeoff, held the brakes, and applied full power. She released the brakes and about three to five seconds into the takeoff roll, they heard a loud noise, and the airplane was pushed left.
The Sonex sustained substantial damage to the left wing. The high-wing airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and empennage.
Two witnesses in another airplane reported that, while taxiing, they heard the pilots in the high-wing airplane transmit that they were “taking the runway” and departing. They observed the high-wing airplane line up on the runway, but did not see any aircraft on base or final. Several moments later, they looked back and saw the high-wing airplane still on the runway and the Sonex on final.
One of the witnesses made a call on the CTAF warning the Sonex pilot that another airplane was on the runway, but heard no response. He made another call to the Sonex pilot to suggest that he perform a go-around, and then they observed the Sonex land on top of the high-wing airplane.
Despite reporting not hearing the other pilots on the CTAF, all the pilots reported that they used the same frequency.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to see and avoid the airplane on the runway while landing and the pilot receiving instruction’s and flight instructor’s failure to properly scan the approach before pulling onto the runway during takeoff.
NTSB Identification: GAA19CA068A
This November 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.