Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N4776E, Jacobs Flight Services LLC: Accident occurred December 26, 2015 in Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Florida


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA096 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, December 26, 2015 in Punta Gorda, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/14/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N4776E
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The solo student pilot reported that after landing, he was taxiing on a ramp between a parked airplane and a ramp light pole as directed by the lineman. During the taxi movement, the left wing of the airplane impacted the ramp light pole and sustained substantial damage. He reported that the lineman and the parked airplane, "had my attention and I did not see the grey light pole during my scan, possibly due to the grey sky background at the time."

The student pilot reported there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot's failure to maintain obstacle clearance while taxiing on the ramp, resulting in a collision with an object.

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