Thursday, April 04, 2019

Ground Collision: Piper PA-32-260, N4821S; accident occurred April 03, 2019 at Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL), Polk County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lakeland, FL
Accident Number: GAA19CA196
Date & Time: 04/03/2019, 1130 EDT
Registration: N4821S
Aircraft: Piper PA32
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that during taxi to parking he was following the ground guides arm and hand signals. The pilot made a right turn to maneuver the airplane between a fence line on the left, and a parked airplane on the right. During the right turn, the airplane's left wing struck 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. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/02/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/18/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 314.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 83.6 hours (Total, this make and model), 314.8 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N4821S
Model/Series: PA32 260
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32-1252
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/06/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2879 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-540-E4B5
Registered Owner: 4821S Llc
Rated Power: 260 hp
Operator: 4821S Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held:None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLAL, 142 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1130 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 294°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: 
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: St. Augustine, FL (SGJ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: St. Augustine, FL (SGJ)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0930 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport: Lakeland Linder Intl (LAL)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 142 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  27.987500, -82.018889 (est)

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