NTSB Identification: FTW88LA079B.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37798.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 12, 1988 in LA PORTE, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150C, registration: N7806Z
Injuries: 1 Minor,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.

A PITTS S-2A TAXING FROM LANDING COLLIDED WITH A CESSNA 150 THAT WAS STOPPED ON THE TAXIWAY WAITING AS #2 FOR TAKEOFF. THE PITTS CFI SAID THE DUEL STUDENT, A PRIVATE PLT, WAS TAXING THE PITTS FROM THE REAR SEAT. THE CESSNA WAS SEEN BY THE PITTS PLTS DURING 'S' TURNS AS THE PITTS APPROACHED IT FROM BEHIND. A THIRD ACFT WAS IN FRONT OF THE CESSNA ON THE TAXIWAY AND WAS NOT SEEN BY THE PITTS PLTS. THE THIRD ACFT ANNOUNCED ON THE UNICOM FREQ THAT IT WAS TAXING ONTO THE RWY FOR TAKEOFF AND THE PITTS PLTS THOUGHT THE CALL WAS MADE BY THE CESSNA. THEY CONTINUED TO TAXI, THINKING THE CESSNA HAD MOVED ONTO THE RWY, AND THE PROP OF THE PITTS STRUCK THE EMPENNAGE OF THE CESSNA.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..AIRCRAFT MOVING ON GROUND

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