AAIB investigation to Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II, G-MSFT

Struck a parked aircraft whilst taxiing at Compton Abbas on 22 November 2015.


The aircraft had landed and was taxiing towards its parking area at about 10 mph. As it entered an area bounded by a parked PA-28 aircraft, G-OONY, on the right, and a line of traffic cones on the left, the control tower radioed the pilot to advise him to watch out for the cones. He instinctively looked to the left and believes he must then unwittingly have applied some right steering input because the right wingtip of his aircraft struck the trailing edge of the left aileron of G-OONY.

The pilot stated that he was aware of both obstructions and would have cleared them but was distracted by the ‘unfortunately-timed’ radio call.

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Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II, G-MSFT 02-16

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Published 11 February 2016