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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : pwm|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 2 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 180|
flight time total : 1800
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : ground|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
My left engine struck a taxi light when I slid off the taxiway due to ice. I was slowly taxiing south from FBO when I applied the nose wheel steering to turn right to get to runway 11. Instead of turning, the aircraft slid off the taxiway enough for the left blade to strike one of the taxi lights. The time between the slide and the propeller strike was about 2 seconds. I immediately applied the brakes and cut the left engine, but neither solution prevented the occurrence from happening. I believe the factors related to this were due to the ice on the taxiway: snow on top of the ice, limited information about the dangerous conditions on the current ATIS and ground frequency, poor conditions (blowing snow, 800' overcast). Prevent a recurrence: 1) better ice/snow removal, 2) more accurate field conditions, 3) shorter taxiway lights.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: UNABLE TO TURN ACFT ONTO RWY 11 ACCOUNT ICY TXWY. STRUCK TAXI LIGHT.
Narrative: MY LEFT ENG STRUCK A TAXI LIGHT WHEN I SLID OFF THE TXWY DUE TO ICE. I WAS SLOWLY TAXIING S FROM FBO WHEN I APPLIED THE NOSE WHEEL STEERING TO TURN RIGHT TO GET TO RWY 11. INSTEAD OF TURNING, THE ACFT SLID OFF THE TXWY ENOUGH FOR THE LEFT BLADE TO STRIKE ONE OF THE TAXI LIGHTS. THE TIME BTWN THE SLIDE AND THE PROP STRIKE WAS ABOUT 2 SECS. I IMMEDIATELY APPLIED THE BRAKES AND CUT THE LEFT ENG, BUT NEITHER SOLUTION PREVENTED THE OCCURRENCE FROM HAPPENING. I BELIEVE THE FACTORS RELATED TO THIS WERE DUE TO THE ICE ON THE TXWY: SNOW ON TOP OF THE ICE, LIMITED INFO ABOUT THE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS ON THE CURRENT ATIS AND GND FREQ, POOR CONDITIONS (BLOWING SNOW, 800' OVCST). PREVENT A RECURRENCE: 1) BETTER ICE/SNOW REMOVAL, 2) MORE ACCURATE FIELD CONDITIONS, 3) SHORTER TXWY LIGHTS.
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.