NTSB Identification: LAX87LA122B
Accident occurred Sunday, February 22, 1987 in VACAVILLE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N8070E
Injuries: 1 Serious,4 Minor.

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

THE AIRCRAFT WERE IN THE HOLDING AREA SHORT OF RUNWAY 19 AT THE UNCONTROLLED NUT TREE AIRPORT. THE CESSNA PILOT TAXIED INTO POSITION BEHIND LANDING TRAFFIC AND ALLOWED HIS AIRCRAFT TO ROLL SLOWLY FORWARD WHILE WAITING FOR THE LANDING AIRCRAFT TO CLEAR THE RUNWAY. THE CESSNA PILOT STOPPED HIS AIRCRAFT WHEN THE LANDING TRAFFIC CONTINUED TO THE RUNWAY END. MEANWHILE, THE BOEING PILOT TAXIED INTO POSITION AND, AFTER ANNOUNCEING HIS INTENTION TO TAKEOFF ON THE UNICOM FREQUENCY, COMMENCED HIS TAKEOFF GROUND ROLL. THE PILOT OF THE CESSNA HEARD ANOTHER AIRCRAFT MAKE A RADIO TRANSMISSION BUT WAS NOT ABLE TO UNDERSTAND IT. THE PILOT OF THE BOEING AIRCRAFT WAS FLYING FROM THE REAR SEAT. HE SAID HE SAW THE CESSNA AIRCRAFT AS SOON AS HE RAISED THE TAILWHEEL BUT NOT IN TIME TO AVOID THE COLLISION.

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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