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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : ryn.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : ryn.tower|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Commander 114|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||ground : taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : cfi
pilot : multi engine
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 15|
flight time total : 1050
flight time type : 42
|Function||observation : passenger|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
ground encounters other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other other : pax@
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Airport||lighting : ryn.airport|
markings : ryn.airport
signage : ryn.airport
I was taxiing a friend's aircraft. My friend was with me. We were on a progressive taxi, on a dark night at an unfamiliar airport. The lighting at ryan field is very poor, particularly near the fuel depot. The markings were not only nonstandard, but were misleading. We struck a pole near the fuel pumps with a wingtip. The damage was expensive but not structural. A single yellow line was painted in front of the fuel pumps and looked like a taxi line. This line was only about 3 1/2 - 4 ft in front of the fuel pumps. The accident occurred as I turned away from the pump after realizing I was too close. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: the reporter stated the fuel pump depot is a very hazardous place with poor lighting, nonstandard markings on the pavement and poor markings on objects near and on the fuel pump island. The lighting at ryan field is dim due to a nearby astronomical observatory.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A COMMANDER 114 TAXIING AT NIGHT TO THE FUEL PUMPS STRUCK A POLE ADJACENT TO THE FUEL PUMPS INCURRING DAMAGE TO THE L WINGTIP.
Narrative: I WAS TAXIING A FRIEND'S ACFT. MY FRIEND WAS WITH ME. WE WERE ON A PROGRESSIVE TAXI, ON A DARK NIGHT AT AN UNFAMILIAR ARPT. THE LIGHTING AT RYAN FIELD IS VERY POOR, PARTICULARLY NEAR THE FUEL DEPOT. THE MARKINGS WERE NOT ONLY NONSTANDARD, BUT WERE MISLEADING. WE STRUCK A POLE NEAR THE FUEL PUMPS WITH A WINGTIP. THE DAMAGE WAS EXPENSIVE BUT NOT STRUCTURAL. A SINGLE YELLOW LINE WAS PAINTED IN FRONT OF THE FUEL PUMPS AND LOOKED LIKE A TAXI LINE. THIS LINE WAS ONLY ABOUT 3 1/2 - 4 FT IN FRONT OF THE FUEL PUMPS. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AS I TURNED AWAY FROM THE PUMP AFTER REALIZING I WAS TOO CLOSE. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: THE RPTR STATED THE FUEL PUMP DEPOT IS A VERY HAZARDOUS PLACE WITH POOR LIGHTING, NONSTANDARD MARKINGS ON THE PAVEMENT AND POOR MARKINGS ON OBJECTS NEAR AND ON THE FUEL PUMP ISLAND. THE LIGHTING AT RYAN FIELD IS DIM DUE TO A NEARBY ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY.
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.