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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : f04.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 750|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Experimental|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||landing : roll|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
pilot : flight engineer
|Experience||flight time total : 7000|
|Function||observation : passenger|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
excursion : runway
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I landed on my 2600 ft runway at saginaw airport, tx, within 5 mph of my usual speed (85-90 mph). I touched down at the very beginning of the approach end and let the airplane decelerate normally by aerodynamic braking. At approximately 65-70 mph, I lowered the nose and applied brakes. The aircraft continued to slow through, not as well as usual. 2/3 of the way down the runway, I attempted to pump up the brakes and realized they felt normal except that the left brake would not depress to full travel. As I left the runway at 25-30 mph, I attempted to ground loop into the field to the right between the hangars and the end of the field boundaries. At that point the right brake only slid on the brown grass. Since I was headed for a metal entrance gate, I elected to take the barrier arrestment into the wire fence next to a paved road. One car passed and I looked to see if others were coming. Seeing no other cars, I steered the aircraft between the 2 metal poles and ran through the wire. The wire fence broke loose from the right side, which made the aircraft turn 180 degrees counterclockwise and come to a stop on the paved road. The police and fire trucks showed up, but there were no injuries to myself or my passenger. Damage to the aircraft was a collapsed nose gear (it retracts on a long eze) and the main gear collapsed to the rear (which is what it is designed to do). The propeller had not stopped spinning, so it was also damaged. I built the airplane and have looked at the collateral damage and have determined that I can repair it without much trouble.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT IN HOMEBUILT ACFT EXPERIENCES LESS THAN EXPECTED DECELERATION AND BRAKING UPON LNDG AT F04. A RWY EXCURSION AND COLLISION WITH A FENCE RESULTS.
Narrative: I LANDED ON MY 2600 FT RWY AT SAGINAW ARPT, TX, WITHIN 5 MPH OF MY USUAL SPD (85-90 MPH). I TOUCHED DOWN AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE APCH END AND LET THE AIRPLANE DECELERATE NORMALLY BY AERODYNAMIC BRAKING. AT APPROX 65-70 MPH, I LOWERED THE NOSE AND APPLIED BRAKES. THE ACFT CONTINUED TO SLOW THROUGH, NOT AS WELL AS USUAL. 2/3 OF THE WAY DOWN THE RWY, I ATTEMPTED TO PUMP UP THE BRAKES AND REALIZED THEY FELT NORMAL EXCEPT THAT THE L BRAKE WOULD NOT DEPRESS TO FULL TRAVEL. AS I LEFT THE RWY AT 25-30 MPH, I ATTEMPTED TO GND LOOP INTO THE FIELD TO THE R BTWN THE HANGARS AND THE END OF THE FIELD BOUNDARIES. AT THAT POINT THE R BRAKE ONLY SLID ON THE BROWN GRASS. SINCE I WAS HEADED FOR A METAL ENTRANCE GATE, I ELECTED TO TAKE THE BARRIER ARRESTMENT INTO THE WIRE FENCE NEXT TO A PAVED ROAD. ONE CAR PASSED AND I LOOKED TO SEE IF OTHERS WERE COMING. SEEING NO OTHER CARS, I STEERED THE ACFT BTWN THE 2 METAL POLES AND RAN THROUGH THE WIRE. THE WIRE FENCE BROKE LOOSE FROM THE R SIDE, WHICH MADE THE ACFT TURN 180 DEGS COUNTERCLOCKWISE AND COME TO A STOP ON THE PAVED ROAD. THE POLICE AND FIRE TRUCKS SHOWED UP, BUT THERE WERE NO INJURIES TO MYSELF OR MY PAX. DAMAGE TO THE ACFT WAS A COLLAPSED NOSE GEAR (IT RETRACTS ON A LONG EZE) AND THE MAIN GEAR COLLAPSED TO THE REAR (WHICH IS WHAT IT IS DESIGNED TO DO). THE PROP HAD NOT STOPPED SPINNING, SO IT WAS ALSO DAMAGED. I BUILT THE AIRPLANE AND HAVE LOOKED AT THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE AND HAVE DETERMINED THAT I CAN REPAIR IT WITHOUT MUCH TROUBLE.
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.