AAIB investigation to Cessna 172S Skyhawk, G-MEGS

Ground collision with hangar, Cambridge Airport, 11 January 2015

Summary:

The aircraft was being taxied from a grass parking area to a refuelling bowser. The pilot turned the aircraft left off the taxiway onto an adjacent apron, where he intended to make a 180° turn to the right. As the pilot’s attention was directed to his right prior to making the turn, the aircraft’s left wingtip struck the door of a small hangar. The pilot attributed the accident to his positioning close to the hangar prior to the turn and to a moment’s inattention to his left wingtip clearance as he prepared to carry out the manoeuvre.

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Cessna 172S Skyhawk, G-MEGS

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