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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : esn|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 600|
agl bound upper : 850
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 10|
flight time total : 550
flight time type : 130
|Function||observation : passenger|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited adverse environment|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I took a friend for a pleasure flight. He wanted to photograph his waterfront home on the south side of the town of oxford, md. I approached the town from the east at 1200 ft MSL and turned south - beyond town - and began to descend over water. I planned to fly at 600 ft MSL - 1/4 mi out - so he could get a picture. There were no boats in sight on the water. After making the pass, my passenger asked if we could get closer on the second pass. I told him I had to be 1000 ft over town, but could hug the shoreline so he could get a picture, at 600 ft. As we made the second pass and came abeam the house, the wing got in the way. I dropped the right wing instinctively and found myself headed toward town at 700 ft MSL. I immediately initiated a climb and crossed the shoreline at 850 ft. The town occupies a very narrow strip of land and was bisected at the lower third, while climbing. Farm land lies beyond town. The mistake I made was not anticipating the wing obstruction and not having a plan in place to avoid over flying the town below minimum altitude. I also let myself be pressured into pleasing the photographic desires of my passenger. I conscientiously follow the FARS and am disappointed in myself. I will nevertheless learn from this one.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: LOW ALT CIVIL FLT OVER CONGESTED AREA BY PVT PLT OF AN SMA SEL.
Narrative: I TOOK A FRIEND FOR A PLEASURE FLT. HE WANTED TO PHOTOGRAPH HIS WATERFRONT HOME ON THE S SIDE OF THE TOWN OF OXFORD, MD. I APCHED THE TOWN FROM THE E AT 1200 FT MSL AND TURNED S - BEYOND TOWN - AND BEGAN TO DSND OVER WATER. I PLANNED TO FLY AT 600 FT MSL - 1/4 MI OUT - SO HE COULD GET A PICTURE. THERE WERE NO BOATS IN SIGHT ON THE WATER. AFTER MAKING THE PASS, MY PAX ASKED IF WE COULD GET CLOSER ON THE SECOND PASS. I TOLD HIM I HAD TO BE 1000 FT OVER TOWN, BUT COULD HUG THE SHORELINE SO HE COULD GET A PICTURE, AT 600 FT. AS WE MADE THE SECOND PASS AND CAME ABEAM THE HOUSE, THE WING GOT IN THE WAY. I DROPPED THE R WING INSTINCTIVELY AND FOUND MYSELF HEADED TOWARD TOWN AT 700 FT MSL. I IMMEDIATELY INITIATED A CLB AND CROSSED THE SHORELINE AT 850 FT. THE TOWN OCCUPIES A VERY NARROW STRIP OF LAND AND WAS BISECTED AT THE LOWER THIRD, WHILE CLBING. FARM LAND LIES BEYOND TOWN. THE MISTAKE I MADE WAS NOT ANTICIPATING THE WING OBSTRUCTION AND NOT HAVING A PLAN IN PLACE TO AVOID OVER FLYING THE TOWN BELOW MINIMUM ALT. I ALSO LET MYSELF BE PRESSURED INTO PLEASING THE PHOTOGRAPHIC DESIRES OF MY PAX. I CONSCIENTIOUSLY FOLLOW THE FARS AND AM DISAPPOINTED IN MYSELF. I WILL NEVERTHELESS LEARN FROM THIS ONE.
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.