Piper pilot goes wrong way

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Atlanta, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was holding short of a runway intersection awaiting further clearance from the ground air traffic controller.

After receiving clearance to cross the runway, he mistakenly turned left onto a grassy area. The right wing hit a sign, resulting in substantial damage to the aileron and wing flap.

Probable cause: The pilot’s wrong turn while taxiing, resulting in a collision with a sign.

NTSB Identification: ERA11CA131

This January 2011 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.

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