Friday, May 13, 2016

Piper PA-28-181, Bird Acquisition LLC, N416PA; accident occurred May 12, 2016 in Wickenburg, Maricopa County, Arizona -Kathryn's Report


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA237
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 12, 2016 in Wickenburg, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/14/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA28, registration: N416PA
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that while taxiing in the ramp area after landing, he was focused on an airplane parked to his right and was not monitoring the proximity of a vehicle parked to his left. Subsequently, the left wing struck the parked vehicle.

The left wing spar was substantially damaged. 

The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to monitor the parked vehicle, which resulted in a ground collision and substantial damage to the left wing.

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