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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : z68|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 30|
agl bound upper : 30
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 55|
flight time total : 4600
flight time type : 1225
|Anomaly||other spatial deviation|
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified cockpit|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was asked by a friend to pick him up at this section of the road. He is a pilot and told me he had landed there on several occasions. Another pilot I talked to about the proposed trip also said he had used the same spot. I had not landed there before, although I routinely make off airport lndgs in alaska on wheels, skis, and floats. The spot on the road looked good when I flew over, no traffic in either direction, a clear section of road between some signs on either end of the proposed area which was approximately 5000 ft in length. I made the usual passes over the proposed landing area at 1000 ft, 200 ft, and was starting to make a low approach at about 50 ft to make the final pass before making the decision whether I would land or not. On that pass, I got too low and did not see the power line across the road before I hit it. The main gear caught the line which instantly broke, and I continued flying, giving the engine full throttle as soon as I felt it hit the line. I checked all flight controls visually and by moving them. Nothing appeared out of order and also the landing gear did not appear to have any problem. I circled back over the area while I climbed out and observed what appeared to be a telephone line crew check the area to make sure the line was off the road. I flew back to merril field at anchorage and started making calls to find out whose line it was so I could let them know who broke their line. I also had my mechanic inspect the plane. There was paint rubbed off the landing gear, but no damage to the plane. Damage to the power line cost $9069.00 to repair. It was repaired that day.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: WHILE APCHING AN ALASKAN HWY FOR AN OFF ARPT LNDG THE RPTR FLEW THROUGH A POWER LINE AT ABOUT 30 FT ABOVE THE ROAD.
Narrative: I WAS ASKED BY A FRIEND TO PICK HIM UP AT THIS SECTION OF THE ROAD. HE IS A PLT AND TOLD ME HE HAD LANDED THERE ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. ANOTHER PLT I TALKED TO ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRIP ALSO SAID HE HAD USED THE SAME SPOT. I HAD NOT LANDED THERE BEFORE, ALTHOUGH I ROUTINELY MAKE OFF ARPT LNDGS IN ALASKA ON WHEELS, SKIS, AND FLOATS. THE SPOT ON THE ROAD LOOKED GOOD WHEN I FLEW OVER, NO TFC IN EITHER DIRECTION, A CLR SECTION OF ROAD BTWN SOME SIGNS ON EITHER END OF THE PROPOSED AREA WHICH WAS APPROX 5000 FT IN LENGTH. I MADE THE USUAL PASSES OVER THE PROPOSED LNDG AREA AT 1000 FT, 200 FT, AND WAS STARTING TO MAKE A LOW APCH AT ABOUT 50 FT TO MAKE THE FINAL PASS BEFORE MAKING THE DECISION WHETHER I WOULD LAND OR NOT. ON THAT PASS, I GOT TOO LOW AND DID NOT SEE THE POWER LINE ACROSS THE ROAD BEFORE I HIT IT. THE MAIN GEAR CAUGHT THE LINE WHICH INSTANTLY BROKE, AND I CONTINUED FLYING, GIVING THE ENG FULL THROTTLE AS SOON AS I FELT IT HIT THE LINE. I CHKED ALL FLT CTLS VISUALLY AND BY MOVING THEM. NOTHING APPEARED OUT OF ORDER AND ALSO THE LNDG GEAR DID NOT APPEAR TO HAVE ANY PROB. I CIRCLED BACK OVER THE AREA WHILE I CLBED OUT AND OBSERVED WHAT APPEARED TO BE A TELEPHONE LINE CREW CHK THE AREA TO MAKE SURE THE LINE WAS OFF THE ROAD. I FLEW BACK TO MERRIL FIELD AT ANCHORAGE AND STARTED MAKING CALLS TO FIND OUT WHOSE LINE IT WAS SO I COULD LET THEM KNOW WHO BROKE THEIR LINE. I ALSO HAD MY MECH INSPECT THE PLANE. THERE WAS PAINT RUBBED OFF THE LNDG GEAR, BUT NO DAMAGE TO THE PLANE. DAMAGE TO THE POWER LINE COST $9069.00 TO REPAIR. IT WAS REPAIRED THAT DAY.
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.