Accident Piper PA-46-500TP N21EP, Monday 3 June 2013
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Date:Monday 3 June 2013
Time:05:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P46T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-46-500TP
Registration: N21EP
MSN: 4697500
Year of manufacture:2012
Total airframe hrs:66 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:West Palm Beach, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:West Palm Beach, FL
Destination airport:Vero Beach Regional Airport, FL (VRB/KVRB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot stated that he was taxiing to the runway while adjusting the flight instruments for takeoff when the airplane drifted left of the taxiway centerline and struck a culvert. After performing a visual inspection of the airframe and determining that all systems functioned normally, the pilot elected to continue to the runway and complete the flight as planned. The following day, an inspection of the airplane performed by a mechanic revealed substantial damage to the left wing. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. He further stated that he should not have started taxiing the airplane or attempted to 'multi-task” while taxiing.

Probable Cause: The pilot's diversion of attention while taxiing the airplane, which resulted in his failure to maintain directional control and collision with a ditch.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA13CA278
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 month
Download report: Final report




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