Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2001 Issue

July 12, Las Vegas, Nev. / Mooney M20J

At 15:35 Pacific time, a Mooney M20J struck a pole while taxiing to parking at McCarran International Airport. The pilot was not injured. The pilot was behind a “follow me” golf cart en route to parking. As the truck passed through an opening between a parked airplane on the right and a metal pole on the left, the left wing of the accident airplane struck the metal pole. The opening was 78 feet wide and the airplane’s wing span is 35 feet. The pilot said he became distracted while ground control was attempting to provide him with a telephone number to call after securing his airplane. The controllers wanted to discuss an air space violation that had occurred while the pilot was en route to M...

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