Stationair Vs. Lamborghini... Nobody Won
May of 2006, Marlowe Treit was driving his prized car, a pristine
1985 Lamborghini Countach, on a taxiway near a hangar at the Aurora
State Airport (UAO.)
At the same time, three Federal Bureau of Investigation special
agents, two of which are pilots, had just completed a
"familiarization flight" in a Cessna 206H and were taxiing on the
same taxiway heading toward their hangar.
Then, according to one of the Cessna pilots, "We were moving
down the taxiway about to enter our hangar area, moving at about a
fast walk and crossing a narrow inner taxiway perpendicular to us
when the aircraft crunched to a sudden stop. Out the left side
window of the aircraft I saw a small black sports car dart from
under the prop moving to my left, gushing fluid," according to a
report by the National Transportation and Safety Board.
The Cessna had collided with Treit's black Lamborghini, the
propeller chewing up the driver's side of the car. Treit purchased
it in 1998 as a 60th birthday present to himself after spending two
years searching for just the right car, according to the Oregonian
All three walked away without injury, but Treit says his car
sustained about $100,000 in damage. The damage estimate to the 206
Treit, also a pilot, insists he had the right of way, and that
the Cessna pilots should have spotted him and reacted
So, he filed a lawsuit against the US government, for $105,500
in damages and is accusing the pilots of negligence.
An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment to the Oregonian.
The NTSB stated in its probable cause report the accident was
caused by, "The failure of both the pilot of the aircraft traveling
on a taxi lane and the operator of the automobile driving on a taxi
lane to maintain an adequate visual lookout and their failure to
see and avoid one another."