NTSB Identification: WPR14LA099B
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, January 17, 2014 in San Jose, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N737CL
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
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On January 17, 2014, at 1639 Pacific standard time, a Piper PA24-250, N6570P, struck a taxiing Cessna 172N, N737CL, following a loss of engine power during takeoff from Reid-Hillview Airport, San Jose, California. The Piper airplane was registered to 6570P LLC and operated by the pilot as a personal cross-country flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The Cessna airplane was registered to Hiroyasu Takai and operated by Nice Air as an instructional flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Neither the private pilot in the Piper, nor the flight instructor (CFI) and student pilot in the Cessna were injured; both airplanes sustained substantial damage. The Piper had a planned destination of Sonoma Skypark Airport, Sonoma, California; The Cessna had just landed after a local flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plans had been filed.
The pilot of the Piper stated that this was the first time the airplane had been flown since October 2013. He performed a preflight inspection, confirming that the airplane already contained about 60 gallons of fuel. Following takeoff from runway 31R, he retracted the landing gear, and as the airplane reached an altitude of about 300 to 400 feet above ground level, the engine began to "sputter" with a corresponding partial loss of power. He cycled the throttle control with no change, and initiated a right turn, in an effort to return to the airport. As the airport came into view he did not have sufficient altitude to land on a runway, so aimed the airplane for a taxiway. The airplane landed on the taxiway with the landing gear retracted and slid across the surface, striking the tailcone of the taxing Cessna.
The CFI in the Cessna stated that they had just landed on runway 31L, and were taxing north on Taxiway Z. He observed the Piper airplane takeoff, and could see that it was having difficulty maintaining altitude. It turned right and back towards the airport, and looked like it was going to collide with a hangar to the northeast. The airplane then turned again, and was now flying directly towards him. He pushed the engine throttle control fully forward in an attempt to get out of the way, but the airplane collided with the right side of their tailcone.
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