Thursday, April 09, 2020

Ground Collision: Piper PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III, N679X; accident occurred March 31, 2020 at Bermuda Dunes Airport (KUDD), Palm Springs, Riverside County, California

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Palm Springs, CA

Accident Number: WPR20CA120
Date & Time: 03/31/2020, 1545 PDT
Registration: N679X
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that while taxiing to the runway, the airplane veered hard to the left. He shut down the engine and saw that the left wing had struck the windshield of a small truck that was parked at the edge of the taxiway. Neither he nor his passenger saw the truck as the color of the truck blended in with the background of a hangar.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/03/2020
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/25/2019
Flight Time:  168 hours (Total, all aircraft), 96 hours (Total, this make and model), 81 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Pilot-Rated Passenger Information

Certificate: Private; Remote
Age: 39, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Unmanned (sUAS)
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/05/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N679X
Model/Series: PA28R 201T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28R-7703101
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/05/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 84 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 8288.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-360-B1
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 200 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPSP, 409 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 291°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 320°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Palm Springs, CA (UDD)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Palm Springs, CA (UDD)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1545 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Bermuda Dunes (UDD)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 73 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.748333, -116.274722 (est)

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