Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Port Columbus Intl Airport

Columbus, Ohio 43201
Sunday, May 2, 1999 12:45 EDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The pilot requested a progressive taxi from the ground controller. The controller told her to taxi south, out of the 'Airnet ramp', and make a left turn to the east, onto Taxiway Charlie. The pilot taxied south, and noticed a 'C' (charlie) taxiway sign. She made a left turn onto a perimeter road, instead of the taxiway. After the left turn, the left wing of the airplane struck a fence. A review of photographs revealed that there was no sign identifying the perimeter road. Additionally, the airport diagram used by the pilot did not depict the perimeter road.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's failure to maintain obstacle clearance and his visual perception of the perimeter road as Taxiway Charlie. A factor in the accident was the absence of a sign identifying the perimeter road.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date5/2/1999 
Event Day of the WeekSunday 
Time of Event1245 
Event Time ZoneEastern Daylight Time 
Event CityCOLUMBUS  
Event StateOHIO 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site43201  
Event Date Year1999 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location AirportPORT COLUMBUS INTL  
Event Location Nearest Airport IDCMH  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation815 
Weather Briefing CompletenessFull 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1251 Eastern Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility IDCMH  
Elevation of weather observation facility813 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationEDT 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)23 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)120 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)159 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateMay 3 1999 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time930 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordApr 20 2001 4:07AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN5815E 
NTSB NumberNYC99LA104  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameCessna  
Aircraft Model172  
Aircraft Series Identifier172  
Aircraft Serial Number17271942  
Certified Max Gross Weight2300 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionOct 8 1998 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection33 
Airframe Hours1524 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameKATHY H. MILLER  
Aircraft Owner Street Address428 NORTH 2ND STREET  
Aircraft Owner CityCENTRAL CITY  
Aircraft Owner StateKY 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode42330  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport CodeCMH  
Departure City  
Departure State  
Departure Country  
Departure Time
Departure Time Zone  
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport CodeM21  
Destination CityGREENVILLE  
Destination StateKY 
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightTaxi 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordApr 20 2001 4:07AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location0  
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--