On June 24, 2001, at about 2230 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 152, N152LE, registered to Leading Edge Aviation Services, operating as a 14 CFR Part 91 instructional flight, collided with a hangar while taxiing to park at the Vandenberg Airport, Tampa, Florida. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the student pilot reported no injuries. The flight originated from Ocala, Florida, about 1 hour 30 minutes before the accident. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot stated in his initial statement, "When I landed I taxied over to Bret and then parked. He told me to turn the plane around so I did and then I hit the building with the right wing."
The pilot stated in the statement submitted with the NTSB Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report that, after landing he taxied to the ramp and pulled into a parking space and was about to shut the airplane down when the lineman directed him towards a hangar. He continued forward until the lineman told him to stop. The lineman came up to the window and asked him to turn the plane around so he could push it into the hangar. He agreed and turned the airplane to the right making a U-turn. The lineman was in front and directed him in and the middle part of the right wing collided with the hangar.
The lineman stated the pilot pulled up and stopped and was doing something in the airplane with the instrument panel. He approached the cockpit window and asked the pilot if he could turn the airplane so the tail was facing the door. The pilot acknowledged that he would do it and he stepped away from the plane so the pilot could turn the airplane. He walked straight out away from the airplane and hangar to give him plenty of room. "He made a right turn went past the corner of the building turned the plane in a 180 degree circle coming in the other direction he was just going. I was to far out to see he was going to hit the building to stop him. He struck the corner of the building with his right wing."