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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : grr|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 1000
|Controlling Facilities||tower : grr|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 120|
flight time total : 510
flight time type : 250
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||incursion : runway|
non adherence : clearance
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was approaching grand rapids, mi, with some minor radio troubles. I was vectored around and told to follow an small aircraft on final for runway 26R. I followed traffic until I was cleared to land. When I turned final, the sun was in my face. I saw what I thought were 2 runways and a taxiway. It turned out to be runway 26L and 2 txwys. I landed on what I thought was 26R. It turned out to be the parallel taxiway for 26L (since the sun was in my face, I couldn't see any runway markings). After landing, ground control informed me of the situation. I later talked with the chief controller and explained. I later found out that runway 26R was on the other side of the field about a mile away.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA LANDS ON PARALLEL TXWY AFTER MISTAKING SAME FOR PARALLEL RWY.
Narrative: I WAS APCHING GRAND RAPIDS, MI, WITH SOME MINOR RADIO TROUBLES. I WAS VECTORED AROUND AND TOLD TO FOLLOW AN SMA ON FINAL FOR RWY 26R. I FOLLOWED TFC UNTIL I WAS CLRED TO LAND. WHEN I TURNED FINAL, THE SUN WAS IN MY FACE. I SAW WHAT I THOUGHT WERE 2 RWYS AND A TXWY. IT TURNED OUT TO BE RWY 26L AND 2 TXWYS. I LANDED ON WHAT I THOUGHT WAS 26R. IT TURNED OUT TO BE THE PARALLEL TXWY FOR 26L (SINCE THE SUN WAS IN MY FACE, I COULDN'T SEE ANY RWY MARKINGS). AFTER LNDG, GND CTL INFORMED ME OF THE SITUATION. I LATER TALKED WITH THE CHIEF CTLR AND EXPLAINED. I LATER FOUND OUT THAT RWY 26R WAS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FIELD ABOUT A MILE AWAY.
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.