Hangar Rash Stories – Avoidable Aircraft Damage

Preflight Inspection Damage Cessna 172Welcome to “HangarRash™” where you can share your most humbling and embarrassing hangar mishaps where you either damaged your plane, hurt yourself, crushed your ego, or done all three simultaneously.

“HangarRash™” will be a recurring segment of HangarSphere. Leading Edge Wingtip Damage Cessna 172We invite you to submit your unfortunate story (with pictures if you have them!) so that your fellow pilot may take heed and learn from your experiences. Feel free to use an alias to protect the innocent!  Submit your stories to us by contacting us via our “contact form.”

Submitted by Curtis Stanford 

Once upon a time there was a pilot who had a hangar with only 6-inch clearance on each wingtip. He was very careful and never had a problem. Then he got a bigger hangar, with a couple of feet clearance. Happy, happy! Don’t have to be so careful anymore.

Note to self: When allowing larger turns, the tail swings MUCH farther than the wingtips. Not a good idea in a T-hangar. Not so happy.

Submitted by Darryl E. Burns DPM

My story: Never be in a hurry!

I have a hangar with a bi-fold door. So, in haste to back my 2002 SR22 out of the hangar, I ran the tail rudder straight into the bottom of the door as it was rising. It made a large karate chop dent into the rudder. Learned that you cannot repair the aluminum control surface (apparently aluminum only bends in one direction and not back again.) As luck would have it, I was told [by the service center] I got the last electric controlled rudder they had! About 3.5K-ish mistake.

Submitted by Lars Jensen

While picking up a Falcon 10 at an MRO, I had the opportunity to talk to an A&P who was working on the port wing of a Falcon 50. He had the wing about as disemboweled as it can get so I asked him what type of inspection or modification it was receiving. He looked at me and shook his head with a smile and revealed that the wing was being “repaired” because the technician installing the new interior used the wing as a workbench to drill 40 pilot-holes into some cabinetry. The A&P said the pilot-holes in the cabinetry turned out great but the 40 holes through the skin of the wing were not well received.

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