NTSB Identification: LAX04CA317.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 14, 2004 in Monterey, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/28/2004
Aircraft: Piper PA-32R-301, registration: N5300R
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 airplane drifted left, off the taxiway centerline, and the left wing struck a yellow post that guarded a fire hydrant. While taxing outbound from the airplane's hangar, bright morning sunglare distracted the pilot.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain proper alignment with the taxiway and adequate obstacle clearance. A factor was the bright morning sunglare.

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