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Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Saturday 16 September 2017
Time:14:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Westwind Air Service
Registration: N786WW
C/n / msn: 208B-1099
First flight: 2004
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Sedona Airport, AZ (SDX) (   United States of America)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Peach Springs Airport, AZ (PGS), United States of America
Destination airport:Sedona Airport, AZ (SDX/KSEZ), United States of America
Narrative:
The Cessna 208B, N786WW, collided with a light pole while taxiing after landing at the Sedona Airport, Arizona. The pilot and eight passengers were not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.
According to the pilot, after an uneventful landing on runway 3, he taxied the airplane from taxiway A2 to taxiway A and waited for further instructions from ground control at Sedona. A Fly-in & Car Show event was taking place at the time, and several areas on the ramp were occupied by the show. The pilot was then instructed by ground control to follow a truck on A6 taxiway to transient parking. The transient parking was moved to the east side of the ramp and was only accessible by taxiway A6 during the event. The pilot stated that as he followed the truck, he noticed several airplanes that were parked to the right side and their wings overhung into the taxiway near to the centerline. As he approached the airplanes he steered left of centerline to maintain clearance to his right. He had one ground personnel to the right side clearing the airplane's right wing and no one on the left side to clear the left wing. The pilot advanced the throttle after he was clear of the airplanes to his right and subsequently impacted a light pole with the left wing. The light pole was positioned about 65ft from the centerline of taxiway A6.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: WPR17LA207

Sources:
» NTSB


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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