Piper L4J Cub, G-AKTH
The aircraft was taxiing for Runway 26 when it struck a bracing cable attached to a tall electrical power supply pole that was adjacent to a low hedge forming the boundary to the farm strip. The pilot saw the cable but decided he did not had sufficient time to turn right or stop to avoid the impact and so, in an attempt to minimise the damage, he turned left and braked. The left wing struck the cable and the aircraft yawed further left allowing the propeller to strike the cable, causing the engine to stop suddenly. Both occupants were uninjured. The pilot reported that he was distracted from maintaining directional control by looking across to the windsock and inside the aircraft to check the instruments.
Piper L4J Cub, G-AKTH 05-09.pdf (213.24 kb)
Date of occurrence: 1 March 2009