Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II, G-BOER
The pilot was taking part in a night flyout event and was taxiing the aircraft prior to takeoff when the accident occurred. It was moving along on a taxiway, past parked aircraft on grass to the left and two parked aircraft on a small hangar apron to the right. One of these, a PA-28, had recently been moved out of the hangar to take part in the flyout, but no-one had yet boarded it.
One of the aircraft parked on the left was further forward than the others, so the pilot steered to the right side of the taxiway to ensure sufficient clearance. In doing so, his aircraft’s right wing collided with the left wing of the parked PA-28. It was parked facing the same direction as the taxiing aircraft, with its left wingtip reportedly protruding about 2 ft over the taxiway. The pilot reported that he had been concentrating on avoiding the aircraft to the left and neither he nor his two passengers had seen the wing of the PA-28 before the collision.
An online correction was issued for this report on 14 Julne 2012 and published in the July 2012 Bulletin.
Published 10 December 2014