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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : puj|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Medium Large Transport, Low Wing, 2 Turbojet Eng|
|Navigation In Use||Other|
|Flight Phase||ground : parked|
ground other : taxi
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 10000
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|Airport||other physical facility|
Punta cana ramp, puj, there is an area of white sand adjacent to white concrete. The concrete is attached to asphalt to make up the ramp area. The sand, being similar in color to the concrete, appeared from the cockpit to be one continuous surface. There was actually a triangle of sand in the middle of the ramp area. The lead in was holding wands perpendicular to the aircraft directly in front of the aircraft. This made it necessary to make a turn. Reference his position there was very little turning area. Initiating a turn the outside right tire caught a sharp edge of concrete (in the middle of the ramp), puncturing the outside tire. Later we discovered that the ramp is under construction. There were no markings or heavy equipment to indicate this. There is a large ramp area completed opp the area we were lead into on the east side of the terminal area. This would be a much safer area of operation. The chart that we had for punta cana had no ramp information.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: CHARTER MLG BEING MARSHALLED INTO PARKING AREA WHERE RAMP CONSTRUCTION TAKING PLACE STRIKES SHARP EDGE AND PUNCTURES TIRE.
Narrative: PUNTA CANA RAMP, PUJ, THERE IS AN AREA OF WHITE SAND ADJACENT TO WHITE CONCRETE. THE CONCRETE IS ATTACHED TO ASPHALT TO MAKE UP THE RAMP AREA. THE SAND, BEING SIMILAR IN COLOR TO THE CONCRETE, APPEARED FROM THE COCKPIT TO BE ONE CONTINUOUS SURFACE. THERE WAS ACTUALLY A TRIANGLE OF SAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RAMP AREA. THE LEAD IN WAS HOLDING WANDS PERPENDICULAR TO THE ACFT DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE ACFT. THIS MADE IT NECESSARY TO MAKE A TURN. REF HIS POS THERE WAS VERY LITTLE TURNING AREA. INITIATING A TURN THE OUTSIDE RIGHT TIRE CAUGHT A SHARP EDGE OF CONCRETE (IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RAMP), PUNCTURING THE OUTSIDE TIRE. LATER WE DISCOVERED THAT THE RAMP IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. THERE WERE NO MARKINGS OR HEAVY EQUIP TO INDICATE THIS. THERE IS A LARGE RAMP AREA COMPLETED OPP THE AREA WE WERE LEAD INTO ON THE E SIDE OF THE TERMINAL AREA. THIS WOULD BE A MUCH SAFER AREA OF OPERATION. THE CHART THAT WE HAD FOR PUNTA CANA HAD NO RAMP INFO.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.