Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II, G-CFMX and Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior III, G-CBYU
The student pilot was taxiing the aircraft from its parking stand to the fuel pumps with the intention of refuelling prior to an instructional sortie. He misjudged the clearance between his left wingtip and the nose of another parked PA-28 aircraft (G-CBYU), which he struck, rotating his aircraft to the left through 180°. G-CFMX came to rest with its spinner buried in the side of the rear fuselage of the other aircraft, which was unoccupied. The student’s instructor commented that his pupil had satisfactorily completed Exercise 5 of the syllabus (taxiing) and had shown ‘good ability’. However, as a result of the accident, further instruction on taxiing has been given.