NTSB Identification: CHI88FA179.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37805.
Accident occurred Friday, July 29, 1988 in OSHKOSH, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/26/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-30, registration: N43GS
Injuries: 1 Fatal,4 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AS THE PILOT/OWNER TAXIED THE AIRCRAFT ON A TAXIWAY IN ACCORDANCE WITH INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED BY ONE FLAGMAN, A SECOND FLAGMAN WAS STRUCK BY THE AIRCRAFT'S LEFT WING TIP TANK, RECEIVING FATAL INTERNAL INJURIES. THE SECOND FLAGMAN WAS UNAWARE OF THE INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED BY THE FIRST FLAGMAN, AND WAS ATTEMPTING TO RE-DIRECT THE AIRCRAFT. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE NEEDED TO REMAIN ON THE TAXIWAY AND WAS ATTEMPTING TO MANEUVER AROUND THE FLAGMAN. HOWEVER, WHEN THE FLAGMAN STEPPED TOWARD THE TIP TANK, THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO AVOID THE COLLISION. TOXICOLOGY TESTS REVEALED THAT THE FATALLY INJURED FLAGMAN HAD A BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT OF 0.09%. IT WAS THE FLAGMAN'S FIRST EXPOSURE TO FLAGMAN DUTIES.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

COMMUNICATIONS..INADEQUATE..GROUND PERSONNEL

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..GROUND PERSONNEL

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

TAXISPEED..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..GROUND PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..GROUND PERSONNEL

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