NTSB Identification: WPR13CA031B
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 03, 2012 in Van Nuys, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/27/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N545ER
Injuries: 4 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 Beech airplane was located in the run-up area, and the pilot was conducting a pre-takeoff run-up check when the pilot of a Cessna airplane taxied in front of the Beech and stopped at the runway hold short line. The pilot of the Beech was subsequently cleared by an air traffic controller to move up to and hold short of the hold short line. The pilot of the Beech applied power and taxied forward about 10 feet when he initiated a slight left turn; the airplane’s propeller impacted the left horizontal stabilizer of the Cessna. The Cessna’s horizontal stabilizer was substantially damaged and the Beech airplane sustained minor damage. The pilot of the Beech reported that he never saw the Cessna prior to impact. Both pilots reported no mechanical failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The pilot of another airplane did not maintain a proper visual lookout during taxi, which resulted in an on-ground collision.

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