NTSB Identification: LAX02LA241B
Accident occurred Thursday, July 25, 2002 in Mesa, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/29/2004
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N152BR
Injuries: 2 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 airplane collided with a standing Cessna 152 while taxiing. Before taxiing, the pilot completed a preflight inspection and a brake check, both of which showed no abnormalities with the airplane. He was taxiing at 1,000 rpm, which was about 13 miles per hour. Just before approaching the run up area, he began to reduce the throttle and applied brake pressure. The right brake did not respond. In an effort to avoid a propeller strike, the pilot decided to remain on the taxiway. He applied full left brake pressure and the airplane's left wing tip collided with a C152's vertical stabilizer. The airplane continued to the left and departed the taxiway. The operator stated during recovery the airplane's brakes were tested. Both brakes appeared to be functioning properly. A repair shop that assessed the damage stated that after a thorough inspection, they could not find any malfunction of the braking system.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot of the other airplane'ss use of an excessive taxi speed and too close of a spacing interval to the Cessna 152, which resulted in an on-ground collision when the Cessna 152 abruptly stopped.
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