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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : mn09|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 20|
agl bound upper : 20
|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 : flight engineer|
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 180|
flight time total : 13000
flight time type : 300
|Anomaly||inflight encounter other|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited adverse environment|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
While flying my experimental homebuilt aircraft I'm constantly thinking about landing areas in case of engine failure. I had just walked off the width of a country road and compared same to aircraft wingspan. I determined road width was not problem (it fits with ft to spare!). Main hazard being wires and road signs, also cars. I chose a stretch of road with no cars for mi, also no farms across road from wires, in fact no farms at all. My approach was into a haze-filled western sky just before sunset. Also I went to about 20 ft AGL before a cross road that contained the wires I hit. I was too intent on the parallel wires and aircraft alignment. Practice emergency lndgs should be terminated at 100 ft or higher, and at a known area.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT PRACTICING EMER FORCED LNDGS IN AN EXPERIMENTAL ACFT STRUCK A WIRE XING A ROAD IN AN UNPOPULATED AREA CAUSING ONLY MINOR DAMAGE TO THE ACFT.
Narrative: WHILE FLYING MY EXPERIMENTAL HOMEBUILT ACFT I'M CONSTANTLY THINKING ABOUT LNDG AREAS IN CASE OF ENG FAILURE. I HAD JUST WALKED OFF THE WIDTH OF A COUNTRY ROAD AND COMPARED SAME TO ACFT WINGSPAN. I DETERMINED ROAD WIDTH WAS NOT PROBLEM (IT FITS WITH FT TO SPARE!). MAIN HAZARD BEING WIRES AND ROAD SIGNS, ALSO CARS. I CHOSE A STRETCH OF ROAD WITH NO CARS FOR MI, ALSO NO FARMS ACROSS ROAD FROM WIRES, IN FACT NO FARMS AT ALL. MY APCH WAS INTO A HAZE-FILLED WESTERN SKY JUST BEFORE SUNSET. ALSO I WENT TO ABOUT 20 FT AGL BEFORE A CROSS ROAD THAT CONTAINED THE WIRES I HIT. I WAS TOO INTENT ON THE PARALLEL WIRES AND ACFT ALIGNMENT. PRACTICE EMER LNDGS SHOULD BE TERMINATED AT 100 FT OR HIGHER, AND AT A KNOWN AREA.
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.