This July 2009 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: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Hibbing, Minn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: At the time of the accident, the taxiway was closed for painting. There was a NOTAM specifying that the taxiway was closed. Temporary markings were being applied to the taxiway so it could be used as a temporary runway however, at the time of the accident, the main runway was still in use for normal operations. The pilot stated that he mistakenly identified the taxiway as the active runway when he saw the temporary runway markings. He discovered his error when the airplane crashed into a construction barricade during an attempt to takeoff.
Probable cause: The pilot mistakenly using a closed taxiway for takeoff, which resulted in the airplane striking a construction barricade.
For more information: NTSB.gov NTSB Identification: CEN09CA422