NTSB Identification: WPR09CA473
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 27, 2009 in Toledo, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/15/2009
Aircraft: AVIAT AIRCRAFT INC A-1B, registration: N445BB
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he landed at a private airstrip and his friend was landing behind him. He taxied from the runway and was moving to the side of the airstrip while looking out the window as his friend landed. During the taxi, the left wing impacted a tree which turned the airplane and resulted in damage to the right wing and right horizontal stabilizer. The pilot stated that no mechanical failures occurred prior to the accident.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from a tree while taxiing. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's distracted attention.

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