NTSB Identification: LAX83LA171B.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25550.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 31, 1983 in PALO ALTO, CA
Aircraft: BEECH V35B, registration: N2084L
Injuries: 5 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.

THE AIRCREWS OF A CESSNA 195A, N1537H, & A BEECH V35B, N2084L, WERE CLEARED TO RWY 30 FROM DIFFERENT POSITIONS ON THE PARKING AREA. THE CESSNA PLT WAS INSTRUCTED TO USE THE 'SHORTEST ROUTE, NO DELAY PLEASE.' AS THE ACFT WERE TAXIED ON SEPARATE ROUTES, THEY CONVERGED WHERE THE 2 TAXIWAYS MERGED AT THE RUN-UP AREA. THE CESSNA PLT WAS S-TURNING AS HE APPROACHED THE RUN-UP AREA. HE NOTED 2 ACFT PARKED AT 2 OF 3 RUN-UP HOLD LINES, BUT DID NOT SEE THE BEECH CONVERGING FROM HIS RIGHT. THE BEECH WAS SLIGHTLY AHEAD OF THE CESSNA & WAS TAXIING SLOWER. THE PILOT OF THE BEECH DID NOT SEE THE CESSNA CONVERGING FROM HIS LEFT REAR AREA. BOTH OF THE ACFT WERE TAXIING IN A NORTHERLY DIRECTION & WERE WITHIN 10 FT OF THE TAXIWAY CENTERLINE WHEN THE 2 COLLIDED.

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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