AAIB investigation to Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer III, G-CGVC
Struck a fence whilst taxiing at Perranporth Airfield, 15 August 2014.
The pilot was taxiing the aircraft towards the fuel pumps and control tower. He first had to move to the right to avoid an aircraft parked with its right wing overhanging the taxiway and then left to avoid another aircraft parked on the right and also to comply with a KEEP LEFT sign (this was a roadsign and was meant to instruct vehicular traffic). The pilot misjudged the distance of his left wingtip from a wooden fence post which it struck, yawing the aircraft into the fence and striking a tree stump behind it. The pilot considers that the distraction of the two parked aircraft and the KEEP LEFT sign as well as his own misjudgement contributed to the collision.
Date of occurrence: 15 August 2014