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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : x59|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||landing : go around|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 23|
flight time total : 87
flight time type : 87
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : insufficient time|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was practicing an emergency procedure or engine out procedure. My actions are as follows. I pulled the throttle to idle to simulate a lost engine, maintained a level flight attitude for best G/south, put the carburetor heat on, mixture rich, fuel pump on and switched the fuel tanks. I then started looking for a field in which to aim for. I selected a field which is listed above. I continued with my procedures, I checked the primer, locked and simulated restarting the engine. I received an accurate position of myself using the melbourne VOR. Heading toward the field I entered on a left downwind setting myself up to land northward, since the wind was out of the north that day. I simulated transmitting a mayday call of my situation and position. I turned final with full flaps. I kept gliding down to ensure that I would make the field if indeed my engine had gone out. By the time I applied full power to go around, I was too low and the mains touched the ground. I had no intention of touching the ground--my altitude judgement was at error. The ground was very soft and muddy and I could feel the mud grabbing hold of the tires and slowing the aircraft down. I pulled the yoke full back and kept in full power in an attempt to get back off, but it was no use; the mud kept slowing the aircraft down and forced the nose gear to touch the ground. When the nose gear hit, it buried itself in the mud along with half the propeller blade, bringing the aircraft to a full stop. Luckily the plane had slowed up enough before the nose gear hit. If I were going any faster, the aircraft would have flipped over. I was unhurt. When I got out I saw the nose gear and propeller blade buried in mud that came up to the bottom of the cowling. The plane was not damaged except for the shimmy dampener on the steering linkage.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PRACTICE EMERGENCY LNDG, BECAME REAL EMERGENCY LNDG.
Narrative: I WAS PRACTICING AN EMER PROC OR ENG OUT PROC. MY ACTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS. I PULLED THE THROTTLE TO IDLE TO SIMULATE A LOST ENG, MAINTAINED A LEVEL FLT ATTITUDE FOR BEST G/S, PUT THE CARB HEAT ON, MIXTURE RICH, FUEL PUMP ON AND SWITCHED THE FUEL TANKS. I THEN STARTED LOOKING FOR A FIELD IN WHICH TO AIM FOR. I SELECTED A FIELD WHICH IS LISTED ABOVE. I CONTINUED WITH MY PROCS, I CHKED THE PRIMER, LOCKED AND SIMULATED RESTARTING THE ENG. I RECEIVED AN ACCURATE POS OF MYSELF USING THE MELBOURNE VOR. HDG TOWARD THE FIELD I ENTERED ON A LEFT DOWNWIND SETTING MYSELF UP TO LAND NORTHWARD, SINCE THE WIND WAS OUT OF THE N THAT DAY. I SIMULATED XMITTING A MAYDAY CALL OF MY SITUATION AND POS. I TURNED FINAL WITH FULL FLAPS. I KEPT GLIDING DOWN TO ENSURE THAT I WOULD MAKE THE FIELD IF INDEED MY ENG HAD GONE OUT. BY THE TIME I APPLIED FULL PWR TO GO AROUND, I WAS TOO LOW AND THE MAINS TOUCHED THE GND. I HAD NO INTENTION OF TOUCHING THE GND--MY ALT JUDGEMENT WAS AT ERROR. THE GND WAS VERY SOFT AND MUDDY AND I COULD FEEL THE MUD GRABBING HOLD OF THE TIRES AND SLOWING THE ACFT DOWN. I PULLED THE YOKE FULL BACK AND KEPT IN FULL PWR IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET BACK OFF, BUT IT WAS NO USE; THE MUD KEPT SLOWING THE ACFT DOWN AND FORCED THE NOSE GEAR TO TOUCH THE GND. WHEN THE NOSE GEAR HIT, IT BURIED ITSELF IN THE MUD ALONG WITH HALF THE PROP BLADE, BRINGING THE ACFT TO A FULL STOP. LUCKILY THE PLANE HAD SLOWED UP ENOUGH BEFORE THE NOSE GEAR HIT. IF I WERE GOING ANY FASTER, THE ACFT WOULD HAVE FLIPPED OVER. I WAS UNHURT. WHEN I GOT OUT I SAW THE NOSE GEAR AND PROP BLADE BURIED IN MUD THAT CAME UP TO THE BOTTOM OF THE COWLING. THE PLANE WAS NOT DAMAGED EXCEPT FOR THE shimmy DAMPENER ON THE STEERING LINKAGE.
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.