The pilot reported that during taxi to parking at the Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL) in Florida, he was following the ground guide’s arm and hand signals.
He made a right turn to maneuver the Piper PA32 between a fence line on the left and a parked airplane on the right. During the right turn, the airplane’s left wing hit the fence post.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.
The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from a fence post during taxi to parking.
SAFE CFI Commentary
Asking ourselves questions – reflecting after action – is one of the most powerful learning tools – even when our flight is successful. This “after action de-brief” prevents embedding potentially harmful habits that may bite us later. SAFE‘s Master CFIs review these NTSB Accident Reports published in General Aviation News to provide questions and suggestions for improvement.
Excitement of SUN ‘n FUN might have contributed to distraction and rush? A good caution for all pilots: Despite ground guidance, the pilot is always responsible (trust but verify)!
This April 2019 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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