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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : t89.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Cessna 150|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||ground : taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
pilot : cfi
pilot : multi engine
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 25|
flight time total : 3500
flight time type : 1000
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
ground encounters other
non adherence : published procedure
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other other : person 2
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
Went to castroville airport to retrieve a glider that landed out 23 NM from our home airport. Taxied to hook-up glider and followed directions given by ground crew unknown to me and assumed to be part of local airport since a city truck was parked on shoulder of runway threshold. Was vectored through a runway light by this person who appeared surprised. I had no forward and down visibility to object runway light broken, propeller tips damaged. Reported to city administrator. How to prevent in future: 1) don't always trust ground personnel. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: the reporter stated the person guiding the C150 into position to hook-up the glider was standing near the airport truck and was assumed to be an airport employee. The reporter said after the incident it was discovered the person guiding the aircraft was a parachute jumper and unqualified to guide or direct taxiing aircraft. The reporter said damage to the propeller was minor.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A C150 WHILE TAXIING ON A RWY WITH GUIDANCE BY AN UNQUALIFIED PERSON STRUCK A RWY LIGHT INCURRING MINOR PROP DAMAGE.
Narrative: WENT TO CASTROVILLE ARPT TO RETRIEVE A GLIDER THAT LANDED OUT 23 NM FROM OUR HOME ARPT. TAXIED TO HOOK-UP GLIDER AND FOLLOWED DIRECTIONS GIVEN BY GND CREW UNKNOWN TO ME AND ASSUMED TO BE PART OF LCL ARPT SINCE A CITY TRUCK WAS PARKED ON SHOULDER OF RWY THRESHOLD. WAS VECTORED THROUGH A RWY LIGHT BY THIS PERSON WHO APPEARED SURPRISED. I HAD NO FORWARD AND DOWN VISIBILITY TO OBJECT RWY LIGHT BROKEN, PROP TIPS DAMAGED. RPTED TO CITY ADMINISTRATOR. HOW TO PREVENT IN FUTURE: 1) DON'T ALWAYS TRUST GND PERSONNEL. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: THE RPTR STATED THE PERSON GUIDING THE C150 INTO POS TO HOOK-UP THE GLIDER WAS STANDING NEAR THE ARPT TRUCK AND WAS ASSUMED TO BE AN ARPT EMPLOYEE. THE RPTR SAID AFTER THE INCIDENT IT WAS DISCOVERED THE PERSON GUIDING THE ACFT WAS A PARACHUTE JUMPER AND UNQUALIFIED TO GUIDE OR DIRECT TAXIING ACFT. THE RPTR SAID DAMAGE TO THE PROP WAS MINOR.
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.