Friday, May 08, 2020

Cessna 182P Skylane, N58646: Accident occurred May 06, 2020 at Perris Valley Airport (L65), Riverside County, California

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Perris, CA
Accident Number: WPR20CA146
Date & Time: 05/06/2020, 0830 PDT
Registration: N58646
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot reported that while taxiing for takeoff, he observed a skip loader on the immediate left edge of the taxiway and noted there was sufficient clearance to avoid it. However, during the taxi, his attention was distracted by setting up the GPS for the flight, and the airplane drifted left, and subsequently struck the skip loader.

The right horizontal stabilizer was substantially damaged.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's diverted attention while taxing which resulted in his failure to maintain clearance from the skip loader during taxi.


Personnel issues Use of equip/system - Pilot
Personnel issues Attention - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Taxi-to runway Miscellaneous/other (Defining event)
Taxi-to runway Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 68, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/03/2020
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/05/2019
Flight Time:  971 hours (Total, all aircraft), 192 hours (Total, this make and model), 971 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N58646
Model/Series: 182 P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1973 
Amateur Built: No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 18262202
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/14/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2348 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 8420.7 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470-R
Registered Owner: Capper Flying Club Inc
Rated Power: 230 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: KHMT, 1512 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:1535 UTC 
Direction from Accident Site: 100°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Perris, CA (L65)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Palm Springs, CA (PSP)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: PERRIS VALLEY (L65)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1413 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 33
IFR Approach: None 
Runway Length/Width: 5100 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None 
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.762500, -117.218611

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