NTSB Identification: MIA95LA098A
Accident occurred Sunday, April 02, 1995 in VENICE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/31/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N346PB
Injuries: 6 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

A PIPER PA-23 PILOT LANDED ON RUNWAY 4 AT AN UNCONTROLLED AIRPORT AND EXITED NORTHBOUND ONTO A TAXIWAY THAT LED TO THE RAMP. AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME, A GLOBE GC-1B (SWIFT) WAS DEPARTING THE RAMP AND PROCEEDING SOUTHBOUND ON THE SAME TAXIWAY TOWARD THE RUNWAY. ALTHOUGH, THE TAXIWAY WAS ORIENTED GENERALLY NORTH-SOUTH, IT ANGLED TO THE SOUTH-SOUTHWEST, WHERE IT CROSSED A CLOSED, EAST-WEST RUNWAY. THE PIPER PILOT SAID HE OBSERVED THE SWIFT TAXIING SOUTHBOUND ON THE TAXIWAY ABOUT 900 FEET NORTH OF THE CLOSED RUNWAY. THE TAXIWAY WAS TOO NARROW TO ACCOMODATE BOTH AIRPLANES. THE PIPER PILOT ASSUMED THE SWIFT PILOT WOULD YIELD AT THE CLOSED RUNWAY, SO HE (THE PIPER PILOT) CONTINUED NORTHBOUND (NORTH-NORTHEAST). THE SWIFT WAS EQUIPPED WITH A TAILWHEEL. THE SWIFT PILOT SAID HE WAS USING S-TURNS (TO SEE FORWARD). THE SWIFT PILOT DID NOT YIELD AT THE CLOSED RUNWAY, BUT CONTINUED SOUTHBOUND (SOUTH-SOUTEAST). BY THE TIME THE PIPER PILOT REALIZED THAT THE SWIFT HAD NOT STOPPED, THE TWO AIRPLANES WERE CONVERGING. THE PIPER PILOT TOOK EVASIVE ACTION BY TURNING TO THE RIGHT; HOWEVER, THE LEFT WINGTIP OF EACH AIRPLANE COLLIDED. THE SWIFT PILOT SAID HE DID NOT SEE THE PIPER PA-23 UNTIL MOMENTS BEFORE THE COLLISION. THE COLLISION OCCURRED ABOUT 450 FEET SOUTH OF THE CLOSED RUNWAY.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

FAILURE OF THE GLOBE GC-1B (SWIFT) PILOT TO SEE THE PIPER PA-23 IN TIME TO AVOID A COLLISION, AND THE PIPER PA-23 PILOT'S DELAY IN INITIATING REMEDIAL ACTION TO AVOID THE COLLISION.

Full narrative available

Index for Apr1995 | Index of months