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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : vlg|
airport : vld
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2000|
msl bound upper : 2000
|Controlling Facilities||tower : vld|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||PA-28 Cherokee/Archer II/Dakota/Pillan/Warrior|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 40|
flight time total : 1150
flight time type : 5
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
incursion : landing without clearance
inflight encounter other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
While on a flight from newnan, GA, to ocala, fl, I realized from WX advisories that the flight may have to divert or land and wait for better flying conditions. Approximately 15-20 NM north of valdosta, the sound of something striking the left wingtip was heard. This was after a descent was made to maintain VFR conditions. According to my position and indicated altitude there should have been no obstructions in the area. Nonetheless, I made a course to the nearest controled field that had services. The aircraft was fully ctlable but my training and feelings told me to land as soon as possible. I attempted to contact valdosta control tower on 2 separate occasions, but was not able to break squelch (possibly a stuck microphone), so I circled the airport at 1500 ft above pattern altitude. My altitude was 3000 ft as I began to reduce power and lose altitude on the crosswind leg. I continued to lose altitude on downwind leg and I followed procedure for no microphone in a controled field. I was abeam the tower when I rocked my wings for recognition. No light signal was issued and there was no traffic so I landed the aircraft. The fiberglass wingtip was slightly damaged. I asked the fire and rescue gentleman to open the gate and let me inform the tower of my problems. He said that the tower was closed so I thought I landed at an uncontrolled field. I have since tried to clear this up with the tower personnel.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF A PIPER PA28, WARRIOR DSNDED BELOW WX IN ORDER TO STAY VFR AND HEARD SOMETHING STRIKE THE L WING OF THE ACFT CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE FIBERGLASS WINGTIP. HE SUBSEQUENTLY LANDED AT A NEARBY CTLED ARPT WITHOUT LNDG CLRNC DUE TO RADIO MIKE PROB.
Narrative: WHILE ON A FLT FROM NEWNAN, GA, TO OCALA, FL, I REALIZED FROM WX ADVISORIES THAT THE FLT MAY HAVE TO DIVERT OR LAND AND WAIT FOR BETTER FLYING CONDITIONS. APPROX 15-20 NM N OF VALDOSTA, THE SOUND OF SOMETHING STRIKING THE L WINGTIP WAS HEARD. THIS WAS AFTER A DSCNT WAS MADE TO MAINTAIN VFR CONDITIONS. ACCORDING TO MY POS AND INDICATED ALT THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN NO OBSTRUCTIONS IN THE AREA. NONETHELESS, I MADE A COURSE TO THE NEAREST CTLED FIELD THAT HAD SVCS. THE ACFT WAS FULLY CTLABLE BUT MY TRAINING AND FEELINGS TOLD ME TO LAND ASAP. I ATTEMPTED TO CONTACT VALDOSTA CTL TWR ON 2 SEPARATE OCCASIONS, BUT WAS NOT ABLE TO BREAK SQUELCH (POSSIBLY A STUCK MIKE), SO I CIRCLED THE ARPT AT 1500 FT ABOVE PATTERN ALT. MY ALT WAS 3000 FT AS I BEGAN TO REDUCE PWR AND LOSE ALT ON THE XWIND LEG. I CONTINUED TO LOSE ALT ON DOWNWIND LEG AND I FOLLOWED PROC FOR NO MIKE IN A CTLED FIELD. I WAS ABEAM THE TWR WHEN I ROCKED MY WINGS FOR RECOGNITION. NO LIGHT SIGNAL WAS ISSUED AND THERE WAS NO TFC SO I LANDED THE ACFT. THE FIBERGLASS WINGTIP WAS SLIGHTLY DAMAGED. I ASKED THE FIRE AND RESCUE GENTLEMAN TO OPEN THE GATE AND LET ME INFORM THE TWR OF MY PROBS. HE SAID THAT THE TWR WAS CLOSED SO I THOUGHT I LANDED AT AN UNCTLED FIELD. I HAVE SINCE TRIED TO CLR THIS UP WITH THE TWR PERSONNEL.
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.