NTSB Identification: LAX98LA302B
Accident occurred Monday, September 21, 1998 in RENO, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/16/2001
Aircraft: Hawker Siddeley SEA FURY TMK 20, registration: N24SF
Injuries: 3 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.

An experimental Lancair was holding position on the taxiway awaiting takeoff when it was struck from behind by the taxiing Hawker Sea Fury. The Lancair pilot had stopped 500 to 600 feet behind a military C-130 transport aircraft in front of him to avoid thrust turbulence. The pilot of the tail wheel equipped Sea Fury, also taxiing for takeoff, reported that he was unaware of the presence of the smaller aircraft and never saw it on the taxiway ahead until the propeller of his aircraft began striking the empennage. The Sea Fury pilot reported difficulty s-turning while taxiing due to thrust turbulence from other military fighter aircraft on the ramp adjacent to the taxiway he was using.

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

The failure of the pilot-in-command to maintain adequate visual surveillance of the taxiway in front of his aircraft to avoid the collision.

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