Sun in eyes, plane into fire hydrant

This July 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Aircraft: Cessna 152. Injuries: None. Location: Ephrata, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The CFI was taxiing the airplane to the active runway. As he came around a hangar he noted that the sun was extremely bright, as it was just on the horizon. He then taxied the airplane into a fire hydrant, resulting in damage to the right horizontal stabilizer.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from a fire hydrant while taxiing to the runway.

For more information: NTSB Identification: WPR10CA367



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