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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : tys|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : tys|
tower : tys
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||landing other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 98|
flight time total : 98
flight time type : 98
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||incursion : landing without clearance|
non adherence : clearance
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified atc|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Small aircraft X was on a VFR cross country flight from herbert smart airport macon, GA, to knoxville, tys, tn. I got WX report by phone, the briefer said in NOTAM that runway 5R closed. The idea came to my mind that nobody will clear me to land on a closed runway. En route atlanta center handed me to knoxville approach on same squawk. I didn't think I could listen to ATIS before changing frequency to knoxville approach. Knoxville approach advised me that runway 5R is the active runway to land and cleared me to enter base for runway 5R and contact the tower. The tower cleared me to land runway 5R. At no time during the approach did I see any indication of the runway being partly closed. After landing, I found half of the runway is closed while the other is usable. The tower asked me to taxi to ramp and call him on phone and he gave me a phone number to call. I called the tower and he asked me the following questions: 1) did you read the NOTAM? My answer: yes, I got a NOTAM from WX briefer that runway 5R is closed. 2) why did you land on it? My answer: because you cleared me to land on it. 3) did you see anything telling you that part of runway 5R is closed? My answer: no, there was no indication telling me that part of the runway is closed except after I landed and taxi on the runway. I saw a rope across the runway cutting it in 2 halves, this rope is very hard to see from the air.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA X UNAUTHORIZED LNDG ON CLOSED RWY. PLTDEV MULTIPLE RWY OP PARALLEL RWYS.
Narrative: SMA X WAS ON A VFR XCOUNTRY FLT FROM HERBERT SMART ARPT MACON, GA, TO KNOXVILLE, TYS, TN. I GOT WX RPT BY PHONE, THE BRIEFER SAID IN NOTAM THAT RWY 5R CLOSED. THE IDEA CAME TO MY MIND THAT NOBODY WILL CLR ME TO LAND ON A CLOSED RWY. ENRTE ATLANTA CTR HANDED ME TO KNOXVILLE APCH ON SAME SQUAWK. I DIDN'T THINK I COULD LISTEN TO ATIS BEFORE CHANGING FREQ TO KNOXVILLE APCH. KNOXVILLE APCH ADVISED ME THAT RWY 5R IS THE ACTIVE RWY TO LAND AND CLRED ME TO ENTER BASE FOR RWY 5R AND CONTACT THE TWR. THE TWR CLRED ME TO LAND RWY 5R. AT NO TIME DURING THE APCH DID I SEE ANY INDICATION OF THE RWY BEING PARTLY CLOSED. AFTER LNDG, I FOUND HALF OF THE RWY IS CLOSED WHILE THE OTHER IS USABLE. THE TWR ASKED ME TO TAXI TO RAMP AND CALL HIM ON PHONE AND HE GAVE ME A PHONE NUMBER TO CALL. I CALLED THE TWR AND HE ASKED ME THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: 1) DID YOU READ THE NOTAM? MY ANSWER: YES, I GOT A NOTAM FROM WX BRIEFER THAT RWY 5R IS CLOSED. 2) WHY DID YOU LAND ON IT? MY ANSWER: BECAUSE YOU CLRED ME TO LAND ON IT. 3) DID YOU SEE ANYTHING TELLING YOU THAT PART OF RWY 5R IS CLOSED? MY ANSWER: NO, THERE WAS NO INDICATION TELLING ME THAT PART OF THE RWY IS CLOSED EXCEPT AFTER I LANDED AND TAXI ON THE RWY. I SAW A ROPE ACROSS THE RWY CUTTING IT IN 2 HALVES, THIS ROPE IS VERY HARD TO SEE FROM THE AIR.
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.