Airplane hits parked vehicle at Perris airport, loses part of a wing – Press Enterprise

A passenger aircraft was damaged after hitting a parked vehicle at Perris Valley Airport at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, but no one was transported for treatment of any injuries, according to a Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department news release.

The plane is a DeHavilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, according to the Federal Aviation Administration aircraft registry using the aircraft’s tail number provided by an agency spokesman.

The fixed-wing, multi-engine turbo-prop plane is registered to PM Leasing Inc. at the same Goetz Road address used by Skydive Perris at the airport. A message left at the skydive business seeking comment was not returned. A photograph of the damaged plane shows the words “Skydive Perris” painted above a door.

The airport is in the 2000 block of Goetz Road and is a popular launch base for skydivers.The plane had two occupants on board, one with no injuries and one who was examined but refused treatment after being evaluated by paramedics, according to the written statement.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident, which FAA spokesman Ian Gregor described in an email as a crash under unknown circumstances.

Photos showed an airplane with part of a wing missing, and parked on a hard surface near some industrial-type buildings.

Skydive Perris’ website describes its fleet of aircraft as including a DeHavilland DHC6 Twin Otter. “The Twin Otter is a world renown turbine engine powered airplane that is used in many roles. The factory didn’t know it at the time but they really designed it for skydiving,” according to the website description.

The website notes that the Perris business was the first in the industry to operate a Twin Otter beginning in 1981, and has three in the fleet configured for 22 jumpers.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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