NTSB Identification: FTW83LA013
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 13, 1982 in HOUSTON, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/13/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N5697P
Injuries: 1 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 PILOT HAD TAXIED ONTO TAXIWAY LIMA AND HAD STOPPED SHORT OF RUNWAY 13R/31L TO HOLD FOR LANDING TRAFFIC. AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME, AN AIRPORT EMPLOYEE WAS PROCEEDING DOWN THE RUNWAY FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST TO CHECK THE RUNWAY LIGHTS. THE GROUND CONTROLLER ADVISED THE VEHICLE DRIVER OF THE LANDING TRAFFIC ON A 3-MILE FINAL APPROACH. THE DRIVER TURNED LEFT OFF OF THE RUNWAY AND ONTO TAXIWAY LIMA. THE AIRPORT VEHICLE COLLIDED WITH THE AIRCRAFT THAT WAS HOLDING ON THE TAXIWAY. THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE STATED THAT HE DID NOT SEE OR KNOW OF THE AIRCRAFT UNTIL THE MOMENT OF IMPACT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:INSTRUCTIONS,WRITTEN/VERBAL..INADEQUATE..ATC PERSONNEL(LCL/GND/CLNC)
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..DRIVER OF VEHICLE
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