Thursday, April 12, 2018

Piper PA-28-181, N4400W, registered to and operated by CAE Aviation Academy Phoenix Inc: Accident occurred April 08, 2018 at Tucson International Airport (KTUS), Pima County, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Tucson, AZ
Accident Number: GAA18CA208
Date & Time: 04/08/2018, 1017 MST
Registration: N4400W
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot reported that, while taxiing to park, he aligned the airplane with the parking spot, added power to make the turn, and then heard a "boom". He added that, he shut the engine down, checked what happened, and realized that the left wing had hit a pole.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left-wing rear spar.

The flight safety officer for the operator reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The safety officer further reported that, the company policy was to shut down the airplane on the yellow taxiway centerline before pushing the airplane back into the parking spot. He added that, after interviewing other flight crews, he learned that flight instructors had been demonstrating incorrect parking methods to students, including the student who taxied into the pole. 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 19, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/19/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 119 hours (Total, all aircraft), 104 hours (Total, this make and model), 54 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 89 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 41 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER AIRCRAFT INC
Registration: N4400W
Model/Series: PA 28 181
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2013
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 2843713
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  04/06/2018, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5433.3 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A4M
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRYN, 2418 ft msl
Observation Time: 1755 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 26°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 4°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots/ 15 knots, 250°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: MESA, AZ (FFZ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Tucson, AZ (RYN)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0900 MST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2418 ft  
Runway Surface Condition:  Dry
Runway Used: 24R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4900 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  32.139167, -111.173333 (est)

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