Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Beechcraft B300 King Air 350, N160RW and Socata TBM700N (TBM930), N961GG: Accident occurred December 17, 2019 at Visalia Municipal Airport (KVIS), Tulare County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fresno, California

Ritch Air LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N160RW

NTSB Identification: WPR20CA046A
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 17, 2019 in Visalia, CA
Aircraft: Beech 300, registration: N160RW

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

Aircraft was struck by Socata TBM700N TBM930 (N961GG) while taxiing for takeoff. 

Date: 17-DEC-19
Time: 19:15:00Z
Regis#: N160RW
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: 300
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: VISALIA
State: CALIFORNIA

GAF Holdings Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N961GG


NTSB Identification: WPR20CA046B
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 17, 2019 in Visalia, CA
Aircraft: SOCATA TBM 700, registration: N961GG

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

Aircraft ran into Beechcraft B300 King Air 350 (N160RW) while taxiing for takeoff.

Date: 17-DEC-19
Time: 19:15:00Z
Regis#: N961GG
Aircraft Make: SOCATA
Aircraft Model: TBM700N (TBM930)
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: VISALIA
State: CALIFORNIA




Two planes collided while taxiing Tuesday morning at Visalia Municipal Airport.

The question now is, what happened?

The National Transportation Safety Board was called at 11 a.m. to take a report of a "mishap" at the airport, said Airport Superintendent Katherine Bales.

The two planes were moving down the taxiway when one plane clipped the other plane's wing, according to witnesses. The collision caused fuel to leak out of one of the planes.

The extent of the damage is still being evaluated. 

One plane belonged to local car dealer Don Groppetti. The other belonged to local farmers and ranchers, the Ritchie family. It's unclear which pilot was at fault. 

The runway was not closed, and the spill was contained about three hours after the collision, Bales said. Fire crews were on scene for several hours cleaning the spill, and half a dozen police officers patrolled the area to keep people at a safe distance. 

"There were no injuries reported," Bales said. "Visalia fire and police responded within two minutes of the call."

Bales added that she is proud of her staff's quick response. 

Crews used absorbent pads to soak up the fuel, said Visalia Fire Battalion Chief Darrin Hughes. Everyone on the planes had safely evacuated by the time firefighters arrived, he added. 

More information will be released once National Transportation Safety Board completes its report, Bales said. A final report could take months.

Original article ➤ https://www.visaliatimesdelta.com

13 comments:

  1. TBM missing 5 propellor blades.

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  2. I'm sure he will say the KingAir backed into him or gave him a break job.

    Glad there was no fire.

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  3. Based on my experience in glass cockpits, TBM pic allowed himself to get distracted with setting up gps, checklist, etc, while taxing behind King Air. Sounds weird but actually easy to let happen. Especially on long taxi at large airport at a good pace. I’ll bet he’ll never do that again. I was once following a friend in a biplane which required s turns to see ahead. When he stopped at hold line I nearly trimmed his tail! Once! Five blades and tear down very costly.

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  4. Based on my experience it is easy to get distracted in any airplane ... glass or steam.

    If I am single pilot I do the set ups and run the check list with the plane stopped and the parking brake set and guarded.

    Second pilot we can coordinate the efforts while we taxi cautiously.

    YMMV

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  5. a lot of those scratches are gonna buff out on that king air

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  6. I agree with comment regarding glass cockpit. Have seen many new amateur pilots forget to look where they’re going will watching these complex displays. It usually takes a close one before they wake up and concentrate on flying.

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  7. how do you rear end your multi million dollar plane into a even more expensive plane damn near took the wing off how do they get these planes to there respective repair stations

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  8. "how do you rear end your multi million dollar plane into a even more expensive plane ... "


    Based on my experience it is easy to get distracted in any airplane ... glass or steam.

    If I am single pilot I do the set ups and run the check list with the plane stopped and the parking brake set and guarded.

    If you want to be cool and do set ups and run check lists while taxing get a second qualified pilot to ride along and learn to use said second qualified pilot effectively.






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  9. flight path of those 5 propellor blades?

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  10. Whoever is at fault and I suspect the pricey TBM's driver will be uninsurable for the next few years. Ironic it might be a used car salesman who is supposed to know about cars rear ending each other.
    It's a free country but any expensive and sophisticated machine should be required to carry a type rating based on the complexity of their avionics and automation, and require commercial pilot privileges with hundreds of hours in type or at least a CFI's endorsement.
    People with more money than brains can have their expensive toys but I draw the line at them endangering others. That situation might have easily led to a fire and explosion and the King Air's passengers might have been seriously hurt.
    No private pilot shall be allowed to fly anything more than a piston SEL. Basically a sports pilot with up to 4 passengers and IFR and ability to do x-country.

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  11. This is why you never perform other cockpit tasks when you're taxiing. I don't care what the task is or what the airplane is. When the airplane is in motion or on a movement area with other movi g aircraft, keep your hand on the throttle, toes on the brakes, and head on a swivel, OUTSIDE the aircraft. There is absolutely no excuse for this.

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  12. I would never be jealous of someone who has more money than brains and shows carelessness in their handling of an expensive piece of machinery. As the old adage goes a fool and their money are quickly parted.
    What is sad is the human labor in both planes, all made by hand, that will take months to repair. Anyone who values the craftsmanship needed to build those masterpieces will be saddened by the sheer stupid moment it takes to destroy it all. It's like spraying acid on the Mona Lisa.

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  13. Looks like TBM somehow rear ended the King Air and almost created a situation much worse than it was. Amazing there was no fire. TBM pilot most likely taxi ing way too fast and not paying attention with head down texting or sending an email or perhaps he was setting up FMS. I would anticipate FAA and NTSB will check his phone records for timing of any text/emails, as well as drug tested at time of incident. No excuse for this type of incident and I would suspect TBM pilot will be looking for a new occupation once FAA/NTSB, and Insurance finish with him.

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