NTSB Identification: FTW97LA176.
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Accident occurred Sunday, May 04, 1997 in GALVESTON, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/15/1997
Aircraft: Lockheed P-38L, registration: N9005R
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 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.

After maintenance was performed on the Lockheed P-38L, it was to be test flown prior to an air show. The aircraft was towed to the ramp, and a ground operations person parked a cart to the left and rear of the left wing tip before the pilot arrived. The pilot did not note the cart during a 'walk around of the aircraft.' The ground operations person, who stood to the left of the aircraft while the pilot started the engines, noticed the aircraft's crew ladder was down, and proceeded to the rear of the aircraft and secured it. Another person, a ground marshal directed the pilot to move the aircraft from east to west. The airplane had not quite completed a 180 degree turn when the left propeller struck the parked cart. The pilot reported that he saw the parked cart just as the left propeller hit the cart.

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

failure of the pilot to maintain aircraft clearance from the ground vehicle.

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