NTSB Identification: ERA10CA382
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 27, 2010 in New York, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/07/2011
Aircraft: GULFSTREAM GIV, registration: N905LP
Injuries: 6 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.

According to the first officer, the airplane was being directed to the parking area by a marshaler, who was positioned in front and to the left of the airplane. The first officer looked out his window to observe the right wing's clearance from a blast fence, but could not see the wing tip due to the sun's position behind the airplane. According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the captain stated that he knew the wing was close to the fence, but the marshaler was signaling to continue. The airplane's right wing tip then impacted a light pole inside the blast fence, resulting in substantial damage. The captain stated that prior to impact, the marshaler never signaled for the flight crew to stop. The marshaler stated to the FAA inspector that she attempted to signal the captain to stop, but his head was turned to the right. The FAA inspector also reported that the first officer never advised the captain to stop the airplane or use caution.

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

The flight crew’s failure to maintain adequate wing tip clearance from a light pole during taxi.

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