|37000 Feet||Browse and search NASA's
Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : smf|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||tower : rfd|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 60|
flight time total : 850
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||non adherence : published procedure|
non adherence other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
We walked into the GA terminal at sac in the pm. I called my wife and said I'd be leaving within 15 mins. I went to the restroom, then tried to exit the terminal. All of the various exits were locked. Someone entered the ticket counter through an employee door with a maintenance man. We overhead a conversation between them about a complete power breakdown. When they completed their conversation, we asked how to exit to our plane. She explained to use gate 50 and to pick up the phone to gain access. We walked to the gate, picked up the phone and the woman on the phone said to me, 'when you hang up, the gate will buzz and go through. Someone will be there to escort you.' after we hung up, the gate did not buzz after numerous attempts to open it. We assumed it was not functioning and so I jumped over the fence and opened the gate and let passenger through to our plane. We walked to the plane and were about 10 yds from it, we heard 2 voices call out, 'hey, where do you think you're going?' my response was, 'we're taking off to go home.' their response, was 'you're not going anywhere. You're under arrest. You're coming with us.' I said, 'this is ridiculous, you're kidding. We're just going home.' he turned and said, 'no you're not, you're under arrest. You're coming with us.' when we asked what for, he said, 'I won't discuss it with you out here. Let's go inside.' I kept trying to explain what we were doing. He said, 'you're under arrest, come with us,' still not identing himself. They took us inside an office and in the light we could see the insignia on their uniforms that said 'sheriff' on it. I continued to try and explain what happened and he kept saying, 'be quite, be quite.' I kept saying, 'please listen to me, let me explain. What's this all about?' the officer said, 'you're under arrest. If you don't stop talking I'll have to lock you up.' I tried one more time to explain and the officer grabbed me by the arm and shoved me into a locked cubicle, 4' X 6'. I then could only hear muffled voices from the other side of the door and I still didn't know what I was arrested for. I was detained within this cubicle for approximately 20 mins. The door opened, a different officer then said, 'I'm going to read your your rights.' I said again, 'would you please listen to me?' he read me my rights as I was trying to explain the circumstances. He asked me to initial each sentence on a piece of paper which I tried to question as to its intent. I initialed the paper and the officer took my driver's license. He asked if it was my current address. I said it wasn't and gave my current address. He then asked if I wanted to make a statement, but explained that everything I sad would be used against me in a course of law and I said, 'no.' he handed me a citation and asked me to sign, which I did. He then said he was making another report to the FAA for my violation. My response was, 'what did we do wrong?' a fifth officer entered the room, shook his head and said, 'let them go.' the arresting officer said, 'we're letting you go. Go to the gate, it's unlocked.' we walked to the gate, tried to open the gate, which would not open. I tried to open it by pulling forwards and backwards, but it would not open. We explained that the gate would not open to the 2 officers standing outside their office door. Both of them were looking at us. I said, 'the gate still does not open.' just then a plainclothes person drove up in a car and opened the gate for us from the opp side. We then walked back to the plane and flew home. Immediately upon arrival, passenger and myself wrote our statements down at approximately XA50 am. These police officers were abusive. We were verbally and physically harassed and for no apparent reason. We were never given a chance to explain that the gate did no function. It was always, 'shut up or we'll take you downtown.'
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT ENTERED SECURE GA AREA IN AN IMPROPER WAY, IE, LEAPING FENCE WHEN GATE WAS LOCKED. ARRESTED.
Narrative: WE WALKED INTO THE GA TERMINAL AT SAC IN THE PM. I CALLED MY WIFE AND SAID I'D BE LEAVING WITHIN 15 MINS. I WENT TO THE RESTROOM, THEN TRIED TO EXIT THE TERMINAL. ALL OF THE VARIOUS EXITS WERE LOCKED. SOMEONE ENTERED THE TICKET COUNTER THROUGH AN EMPLOYEE DOOR WITH A MAINT MAN. WE OVERHEAD A CONVERSATION BTWN THEM ABOUT A COMPLETE PWR BREAKDOWN. WHEN THEY COMPLETED THEIR CONVERSATION, WE ASKED HOW TO EXIT TO OUR PLANE. SHE EXPLAINED TO USE GATE 50 AND TO PICK UP THE PHONE TO GAIN ACCESS. WE WALKED TO THE GATE, PICKED UP THE PHONE AND THE WOMAN ON THE PHONE SAID TO ME, 'WHEN YOU HANG UP, THE GATE WILL BUZZ AND GO THROUGH. SOMEONE WILL BE THERE TO ESCORT YOU.' AFTER WE HUNG UP, THE GATE DID NOT BUZZ AFTER NUMEROUS ATTEMPTS TO OPEN IT. WE ASSUMED IT WAS NOT FUNCTIONING AND SO I JUMPED OVER THE FENCE AND OPENED THE GATE AND LET PAX THROUGH TO OUR PLANE. WE WALKED TO THE PLANE AND WERE ABOUT 10 YDS FROM IT, WE HEARD 2 VOICES CALL OUT, 'HEY, WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU'RE GOING?' MY RESPONSE WAS, 'WE'RE TAKING OFF TO GO HOME.' THEIR RESPONSE, WAS 'YOU'RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE. YOU'RE UNDER ARREST. YOU'RE COMING WITH US.' I SAID, 'THIS IS RIDICULOUS, YOU'RE KIDDING. WE'RE JUST GOING HOME.' HE TURNED AND SAID, 'NO YOU'RE NOT, YOU'RE UNDER ARREST. YOU'RE COMING WITH US.' WHEN WE ASKED WHAT FOR, HE SAID, 'I WON'T DISCUSS IT WITH YOU OUT HERE. LET'S GO INSIDE.' I KEPT TRYING TO EXPLAIN WHAT WE WERE DOING. HE SAID, 'YOU'RE UNDER ARREST, COME WITH US,' STILL NOT IDENTING HIMSELF. THEY TOOK US INSIDE AN OFFICE AND IN THE LIGHT WE COULD SEE THE INSIGNIA ON THEIR UNIFORMS THAT SAID 'SHERIFF' ON IT. I CONTINUED TO TRY AND EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED AND HE KEPT SAYING, 'BE QUITE, BE QUITE.' I KEPT SAYING, 'PLEASE LISTEN TO ME, LET ME EXPLAIN. WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?' THE OFFICER SAID, 'YOU'RE UNDER ARREST. IF YOU DON'T STOP TALKING I'LL HAVE TO LOCK YOU UP.' I TRIED ONE MORE TIME TO EXPLAIN AND THE OFFICER GRABBED ME BY THE ARM AND SHOVED ME INTO A LOCKED CUBICLE, 4' X 6'. I THEN COULD ONLY HEAR MUFFLED VOICES FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR AND I STILL DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WAS ARRESTED FOR. I WAS DETAINED WITHIN THIS CUBICLE FOR APPROX 20 MINS. THE DOOR OPENED, A DIFFERENT OFFICER THEN SAID, 'I'M GOING TO READ YOUR YOUR RIGHTS.' I SAID AGAIN, 'WOULD YOU PLEASE LISTEN TO ME?' HE READ ME MY RIGHTS AS I WAS TRYING TO EXPLAIN THE CIRCUMSTANCES. HE ASKED ME TO INITIAL EACH SENTENCE ON A PIECE OF PAPER WHICH I TRIED TO QUESTION AS TO ITS INTENT. I INITIALED THE PAPER AND THE OFFICER TOOK MY DRIVER'S LICENSE. HE ASKED IF IT WAS MY CURRENT ADDRESS. I SAID IT WASN'T AND GAVE MY CURRENT ADDRESS. HE THEN ASKED IF I WANTED TO MAKE A STATEMENT, BUT EXPLAINED THAT EVERYTHING I SAD WOULD BE USED AGAINST ME IN A COURSE OF LAW AND I SAID, 'NO.' HE HANDED ME A CITATION AND ASKED ME TO SIGN, WHICH I DID. HE THEN SAID HE WAS MAKING ANOTHER RPT TO THE FAA FOR MY VIOLATION. MY RESPONSE WAS, 'WHAT DID WE DO WRONG?' A FIFTH OFFICER ENTERED THE ROOM, SHOOK HIS HEAD AND SAID, 'LET THEM GO.' THE ARRESTING OFFICER SAID, 'WE'RE LETTING YOU GO. GO TO THE GATE, IT'S UNLOCKED.' WE WALKED TO THE GATE, TRIED TO OPEN THE GATE, WHICH WOULD NOT OPEN. I TRIED TO OPEN IT BY PULLING FORWARDS AND BACKWARDS, BUT IT WOULD NOT OPEN. WE EXPLAINED THAT THE GATE WOULD NOT OPEN TO THE 2 OFFICERS STANDING OUTSIDE THEIR OFFICE DOOR. BOTH OF THEM WERE LOOKING AT US. I SAID, 'THE GATE STILL DOES NOT OPEN.' JUST THEN A PLAINCLOTHES PERSON DROVE UP IN A CAR AND OPENED THE GATE FOR US FROM THE OPP SIDE. WE THEN WALKED BACK TO THE PLANE AND FLEW HOME. IMMEDIATELY UPON ARR, PAX AND MYSELF WROTE OUR STATEMENTS DOWN AT APPROX XA50 AM. THESE POLICE OFFICERS WERE ABUSIVE. WE WERE VERBALLY AND PHYSICALLY HARASSED AND FOR NO APPARENT REASON. WE WERE NEVER GIVEN A CHANCE TO EXPLAIN THAT THE GATE DID NO FUNCTION. IT WAS ALWAYS, 'SHUT UP OR WE'LL TAKE YOU DOWNTOWN.'
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.