Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, G-BWNU
The pilot landed at Little Rissington Airfield earlier in the day and discovered, when taxiing to the parking area, that there was a significant lip at the junction between a grass and a concrete taxiway. When he taxied out to depart, he was concerned that going down across the lip might cause a propeller strike, so he decided to try and find another route to the runway. He turned along what appeared to be a reasonable taxiway but was, in fact, an access road to the airfield, with a barbed wire fence on the left. The left wing fairing of the aircraft struck some wire and then a concrete post. The pilot was alerted to the situation by a ‘ticking’ noise but was unable to stop before the wing hit the post. The weather conditions were clear and Runway 23 was in use.
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, G-BWNU 12-11.pdf (223.26 kb)
Date of occurrence: 3 August 2011