NTSB Identification: CEN11CA664A
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 24, 2011 in Houston, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/03/2011
Aircraft: BOEING E75, registration: N54087
Injuries: 3 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.

After landing, the pilot was cleared to taxi his tailwheel-equipped airplane to the ramp and was aware that another airplane would be in front of him as he taxied. As he crossed over an active runway onto the taxiway, he steered straight ahead and did not perform any s-turns to maintain visual contact of the airplane ahead of him. As he cleared the runway, he looked down to change his radio frequency and suddenly realized that he needed to look out for the airplane in front of him. When he looked up, he saw the right wingtip of the other airplane and did not have time to stop before he collided into its tail. The collision resulted in substantial damage to the lower right wing spar. The other airplane sustained substantial damage to the entire tail section including the vertical stabilizer, the rudder, the horizontal stabilizer, and the empennage.

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

The pilot’s failure to maintain visual contact while taxiing.

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