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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : q32|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 7000|
msl bound upper : 7000
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Commercial Fixed Wing|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 135|
|Flight Phase||landing other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 65|
flight time total : 2160
flight time type : 135
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
I was flying into an unimproved airstrip for the purpose of an air ambulance flight. Upon landing the airplane bounced and I executed a go around. On the downwind leg, I noted damage to the airplane (nosewheel failed to extend) I noticed no shudder or other damage. I made the decision not to land at the dirt strip but to divert to an airport that had a smooth hard runway and full emergency services. Company was notified and emergency services were standing by. My perception was that the aircraft had not suffered damage leading to structural failure (only perhaps a bent nosewheel) and that it was better to get the patient to a place where she could receive immediate medical attention (the unimproved airstrip is unattended) and in case of injury or fire I would receive immediate help and rescue.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AIR AMBULANCE ACFT, AND SMA LNDG ON UNIMPROVED STRIP TO DELIVER PATIENT BOUNCES THE ACFT AND EXECUTES A GAR. DURING THE GAR HE DISCOVERS NOSEWHEEL DAMAGE AND DIVERTS TO AN ARPT WITH HARD SURFACE AND CFR AVAILABLE.
Narrative: I WAS FLYING INTO AN UNIMPROVED AIRSTRIP FOR THE PURPOSE OF AN AIR AMBULANCE FLT. UPON LNDG THE AIRPLANE BOUNCED AND I EXECUTED A GAR. ON THE DOWNWIND LEG, I NOTED DAMAGE TO THE AIRPLANE (NOSEWHEEL FAILED TO EXTEND) I NOTICED NO SHUDDER OR OTHER DAMAGE. I MADE THE DECISION NOT TO LAND AT THE DIRT STRIP BUT TO DIVERT TO AN ARPT THAT HAD A SMOOTH HARD RWY AND FULL EMER SVCS. COMPANY WAS NOTIFIED AND EMER SVCS WERE STANDING BY. MY PERCEPTION WAS THAT THE ACFT HAD NOT SUFFERED DAMAGE LEADING TO STRUCTURAL FAILURE (ONLY PERHAPS A BENT NOSEWHEEL) AND THAT IT WAS BETTER TO GET THE PATIENT TO A PLACE WHERE SHE COULD RECEIVE IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTN (THE UNIMPROVED AIRSTRIP IS UNATTENDED) AND IN CASE OF INJURY OR FIRE I WOULD RECEIVE IMMEDIATE HELP AND RESCUE.
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.