March 9, Sarasota, Fla. / Cessna 172 and Cessna 152


At about 10:35 EST, a Cessna 172K taxied into the path of a Cessna 152 on its takeoff roll on runway 14 at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The two occupants in each plane were killed. The accident was apparently the result of the tower controller mistaking the 172 for an airplane at another spot on the field and clearing it to taxi into position and hold. The 172 had been holding at an intersection, however, and taxied into the 152s path. For more information, see the May issue of Aviation Safety.


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