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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : 5nk|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zla|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 275|
flight time total : 1500
|Anomaly||conflict : ground critical|
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified cockpit|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
none taken : anomaly accepted
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
During preflight of the aircraft, an obstruction 3 ft high (telephone cable box), was observed 6 ft in front of the left wing. I concluded that the left wing would clear the obstruction by at least 6 inches during taxi. I continued the preflight and boarded the 5 passenger for toksook bay, ak. 5 ft after the taxi roll began, and during a turn to the right up a slight incline, the left main gear strut suddenly compressed. Before braking pressure could bring the aircraft to a complete stop, the wing came in contact with the, before mentioned, obstruction causing slight damage to the underside of the left wing, from just below the leading edge, aft approximately 5 inches. I shut the engine down, and after inspection, concluded the aircraft was airworthy. I continued the flight to dillingham, ak airport, where repairs were made, and passenger were transferred to another aircraft for the remainder of their flight. Due to pressures felt for short ground time, I neglected to maneuver the aircraft by hand so that the obstruction would not pass below the wing during taxi. The flight should not have continued. A call should have been made to the company for another aircraft to be sent to transport the passenger, and a ferry permit obtained for the damaged aircraft.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: CHARTER PLT HITS UNDERSIDE OF WING DURING TAXI. CONTINUES TO NEXT STOP.
Narrative: DURING PREFLT OF THE ACFT, AN OBSTRUCTION 3 FT HIGH (TELEPHONE CABLE BOX), WAS OBSERVED 6 FT IN FRONT OF THE L WING. I CONCLUDED THAT THE L WING WOULD CLR THE OBSTRUCTION BY AT LEAST 6 INCHES DURING TAXI. I CONTINUED THE PREFLT AND BOARDED THE 5 PAX FOR TOKSOOK BAY, AK. 5 FT AFTER THE TAXI ROLL BEGAN, AND DURING A TURN TO THE R UP A SLIGHT INCLINE, THE L MAIN GEAR STRUT SUDDENLY COMPRESSED. BEFORE BRAKING PRESSURE COULD BRING THE ACFT TO A COMPLETE STOP, THE WING CAME IN CONTACT WITH THE, BEFORE MENTIONED, OBSTRUCTION CAUSING SLIGHT DAMAGE TO THE UNDERSIDE OF THE L WING, FROM JUST BELOW THE LEADING EDGE, AFT APPROX 5 INCHES. I SHUT THE ENG DOWN, AND AFTER INSPECTION, CONCLUDED THE ACFT WAS AIRWORTHY. I CONTINUED THE FLT TO DILLINGHAM, AK ARPT, WHERE REPAIRS WERE MADE, AND PAX WERE TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER ACFT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THEIR FLT. DUE TO PRESSURES FELT FOR SHORT GND TIME, I NEGLECTED TO MANEUVER THE ACFT BY HAND SO THAT THE OBSTRUCTION WOULD NOT PASS BELOW THE WING DURING TAXI. THE FLT SHOULD NOT HAVE CONTINUED. A CALL SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE COMPANY FOR ANOTHER ACFT TO BE SENT TO TRANSPORT THE PAX, AND A FERRY PERMIT OBTAINED FOR THE DAMAGED ACFT.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 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.