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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : las|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 30|
agl bound upper : 30
|Controlling Facilities||tower : las|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
landing : go around
|Route In Use||approach : visual|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 20|
flight time total : 1500
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||conflict : ground less severe|
non adherence : clearance
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
In 6/89 I was inbound for landing at las. I was being vectored to landing. I had the current ATIS. I proceeded to runway 19R and when over the threshold a truck entered the runway from the median. I initiated a go around upon tower instruction. The tower said he cleared me to land to the left runway. I have no specific recollection, but do not dispute the clearance. It would have been safer for me to have landed on the right runway. I believe this was a breakdown of the pilot/ATC environment. ATIS did not reflect a 'closed runway,' nor did the tower instruct me to go around until I was 'down the runway.' the tower should have been able to see me lined up on final--for some time--for runway 19R. I should have repeated the clearance to make sure of true communication. I have learned to be a safer pilot from this incident.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA PLT EXECUTES A GO AROUND ON TWR INSTRUCTIONS AS VEHICLE CROSSES APCH END OF RWY. ACFT MADE APCH TO WRONG RWY.
Narrative: IN 6/89 I WAS INBND FOR LNDG AT LAS. I WAS BEING VECTORED TO LNDG. I HAD THE CURRENT ATIS. I PROCEEDED TO RWY 19R AND WHEN OVER THE THRESHOLD A TRUCK ENTERED THE RWY FROM THE MEDIAN. I INITIATED A GAR UPON TWR INSTRUCTION. THE TWR SAID HE CLRED ME TO LAND TO THE LEFT RWY. I HAVE NO SPECIFIC RECOLLECTION, BUT DO NOT DISPUTE THE CLRNC. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SAFER FOR ME TO HAVE LANDED ON THE RIGHT RWY. I BELIEVE THIS WAS A BREAKDOWN OF THE PLT/ATC ENVIRONMENT. ATIS DID NOT REFLECT A 'CLOSED RWY,' NOR DID THE TWR INSTRUCT ME TO GO AROUND UNTIL I WAS 'DOWN THE RWY.' THE TWR SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEE ME LINED UP ON FINAL--FOR SOME TIME--FOR RWY 19R. I SHOULD HAVE REPEATED THE CLRNC TO MAKE SURE OF TRUE COM. I HAVE LEARNED TO BE A SAFER PLT FROM THIS INCIDENT.
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.