Pilot Got Distracted Hit Another Aircraft on Ground

When you aircraft engine is running, the first priority for you is to keep a control of the aircraft. Any activity that diverts your attention should either be kept aside or done with caution.

A pilot learned this lesson the hard way.

According to the report submitted by the pilot, the engine was already running and he and his passenger got busy in untangling their headsets.


There heads were down for nearly good eight seconds and because of this they failed to notice that their aircraft Cessna 177 started moving forward.

During these 8 seconds, the aircraft had rolled nearly 25 feet and hit an aircraft at the airport in Roxboro, N.C.. Fortunately, there was no one in the aircraft that was hit.

Untangling their headsets at the wrong time cost them heavy, as there was substantial damage to the fuselage and firewall.

No mechanical failure or malfunctions with the aircraft was reported by the pilot that that could have obstructed in the normal operation.

Quite possibly, this pilot will never take his attention away from the aircraft particularly after the engines are running.

Probable cause: The failure of pilot to monitor the aircraft’s movement and maintain its control lead to the accident.

NTSB Identification: GAA15CA066

This accident report was published on the website of the National Transportation Safety Board. This article has been written for educational purpose only and to make fellow pilots aware of the things that can happen in aviation.

This incidence points all aviators in a direction that needs serious consideration.

Adjusting things in our aircraft whether is our iPad, checklist, or any other stuff, should be done before we start the engine. All the things should be fastened or kept at a place where they slide or roll and distract our attention.

Nothing should become so important that we forget to notice whether our aircraft is standing at one point or has started rolling.

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