NTSB Identification: CHI05LA128B
Accident occurred Saturday, May 28, 2005 in Smith Center, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/28/2006
Aircraft: Piper PA-25-235, registration: N9886P
Injuries: 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 Cessna T210N airplane sustained substantial damage and a Piper PA-25 airplane was undamaged during an on-ground collision which occurred while both aircraft were landing on intersecting runways. The Cessna pilot reported that he made several position reports on the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) for the uncontrolled airport as the flight approached to land. He stated that he entered the traffic pattern and landed on runway 35. He reported that as the aircraft was rolling out after landing he observed the Piper aircraft landing on runway 14 to his immediate left. He noted that the Piper aircraft passed in front of his Cessna. He stated that he applied brakes and "swerved hard to the left," but was unable to avoid a collision. The Cessna pilot reported that his aircraft departed the left side of the pavement "slightly" where it struck a runway light before he regained control. The Piper pilot reported that he was landing on runway 14 while the Cessna aircraft was landing on runway 35. He stated that neither pilot saw the other aircraft involved, which resulted in a "minor" collision. The Piper aircraft was not equipped with a communications radio. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations require pilots to "see and avoid" other aircraft when possible. Right-of-way rules (14 CFR 91.119) stated that when weather conditions permit "vigilance shall be maintained by each person operating an aircraft so as to see and avoid other aircraft." In addition, aircraft on final approach to land or in the process of landing "have the right-of-way over other aircraft in flight or operating on the surface, except that they shall not take advantage of this rule to force an aircraft off the runway surface which has already landed." The runway intersection was located approximately 1,700 feet from the approach end of runway 35 and approximately 550 feet from the approach end of runway 14.

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

Failure of the Piper airplane pilot to obtain visual separation from the Cessna airplane rolling out after landing on the intersecting runway resulting in a collision between the two aircraft. A contributing factor was the evasive maneuver attempted be the pilot of the Cessna.

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