ERA13LA299A
ERA13LA299A

On June 19, 2013, about 1745 eastern daylight time, a taxiing Pitts S-2B, N5314Y, sustained minor damage when it collided with a stopped Cessna 170, N2552V, which sustained substantial damage, at Mountain Air Park (0GE5), Cleveland, Georgia. Neither the private pilot in the Pitts, nor the airline transport pilot and passenger in the Cessna were injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for either local flight, which were operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to a responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the air park had a single turf runway [with no taxiways], 17/35, that was 2,500 feet long and 200 feet wide. Due to terrain, the procedure was to take off from runway 35 and land on runway 17.

According to the pilot of the tailwheel-equipped Pitts, he had landed on runway 17 and was taxiing toward the departure end of runway 35 when its propeller impacted the Cessna, which was stopped on one side for preflight checks. The pilot stated that he did not see the Cessna prior to the collision, which resulted in substantial damage to that airplaneā€™s left wing forward spar. The pilot of the Pitts also did not note any preexisting mechanical malfunctions or failures with it that would have precluded normal operation.

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