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Cessna 560, N22AF, Bill Massa Company Incorporated: Accident occurred November 29, 2016 at Salinas Municipal Airport (KSNS), Monterey County, California

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this incident.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose, California

Aviation Incident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Bill Massa Company Incorporated:

NTSB Identification: GAA17IA083 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Incident occurred Monday, November 28, 2016 in Salinas, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 560, registration: N22AF
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

On November 28, 2016, at 2030 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 560 airplane, N22AF, struck a helicopter that was parked in designated transient parking area at Salinas Municipal Airport, Salinas, California. The airplane sustained minor damage to the right wing and the pilot was not injured, but the helicopter required major repair. The airplane was registered to Bill Massa Company Incorporated, Salinas, and operated under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a visual flight rules flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight. The flight originated from Salinas, California and had returned to Salinas, California.

During the incident investigation the pilot reported that he turned to the right to avoid an airplane that was too close to the taxi lane centerline. There is a specific distance from the taxi lane centerline that obstacles must remain clear of. The area is defined as the Taxiway/Taxi lane Object Free Area (TOFA). The airplane that the pilot attempted to avoid and the helicopter that was struck, occupied the TOFA. The dimensions of the TOFA do not appear to meet Federal Aviation Administration Airport Design standards, specifically Airport Certification requirements specified per Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 139. 

The investigation is continuing.

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