The pilot reported that while taxiing for takeoff at the airport in Perris, California, he saw 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 Cessna 182 drifted left, and hit the skip loader.
The right horizontal stabilizer was substantially damaged.
The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s diverted attention while taxiing which resulted in his failure to maintain clearance from the skip loader.
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This May 2020 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.