Planes crash after student tries to pass on the taxiway

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The student pilot in the low-wing Piper PA28 reported that, after landing at the airport in Miami, Florida, she exited the runway onto a taxiway, which was occupied by a high-wing airplane that had landed before her.

She attempted to pass the high-wing airplane on the left, but her right wing hit the other airplane’s left wing lift strut. Her airplane then turned right about 180°, and the right wing struck the propeller and then the right wing of the high-wing airplane.

The flight instructor in the high-wing airplane reported that, after exiting the runway onto a taxiway, he “felt a small hit on the left side.” He saw a low-wing airplane make a right, 180° turn around the front of his airplane and hit its right wing.

Both airplanes sustained substantial damage to their right wings.

The student reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable cause: The student pilot’s improper decision to taxi past another airplane occupying the taxiway and her subsequent failure to maintain clearance from the airplane.

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA071A

This November 2018 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

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