AAIB investigation to Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior III, G-WARY

Ground collision, Shoreham Airport, West Sussex, 16 February 2018.


G-WARY had been parked to the right of a similar PA-28, G-WARZ, and was being taxied by its pilot, occupying the right seat, to the fuel pumps in preparation for a planned cross country flight. The aircraft (G-WARY) moved forward and the pilot commenced a left turn but, rather than straighten up after having turned through 90° as he intended, G-WARY continued its turn, colliding and becoming interlocked with the parked G-WARZ, causing it severe damage. The pilot was uninjured and considers that he may have applied more left braking than he anticipated. However, his position in the right seat, and therefore his fluency with the throttle and the position of his feet on the rudder pedals, appear to have been the factors in the loss of control of the aircraft.

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Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior III, G-WARY 05-18

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Published 10 May 2018