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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Make Model Name||PA-18/19 Super Cub|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||landing : roll|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 175|
flight time total : 15000
flight time type : 500
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
none taken : detected after the fact
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
As part of off-airport proficiency training a landing attempt was made at a previously used landing area now encroached by vegetation. Usable length approximately 2400 ft and dirt gravel surface is 20 ft wide. I planned to touchdown at a point where the vegetation was lowest/farthest from the landing track. I touched down prior to that, the left wing contacted the brush and the aircraft turned left, stopping facing in the opposite direction. The aircraft was pushed back on the strip and flown off. WX and aircraft were perfect, the failure was entirely with the pilot. A better low reconnaissance to determine vertical and lateral encroachment of the vegetation should have been made and the pilot should have initiated a go around if he had any concern about wingtip clearance.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF PA18 WHILE PRACTICING UNPREPARED FIELD LNDGS STRUCK ENCROACHING VEGETATION WITH L WINGTIP AFTER TOUCHDOWN. ACFT SPUN 180 DEGS AND STOPPED FACING OPPOSITE DIRECTION. NO DAMAGE PER RPTR, WHO THEN FLEW THE ACFT AWAY FROM THE SITE.
Narrative: AS PART OF OFF-ARPT PROFICIENCY TRAINING A LNDG ATTEMPT WAS MADE AT A PREVIOUSLY USED LNDG AREA NOW ENCROACHED BY VEGETATION. USABLE LENGTH APPROX 2400 FT AND DIRT GRAVEL SURFACE IS 20 FT WIDE. I PLANNED TO TOUCHDOWN AT A POINT WHERE THE VEGETATION WAS LOWEST/FARTHEST FROM THE LNDG TRACK. I TOUCHED DOWN PRIOR TO THAT, THE L WING CONTACTED THE BRUSH AND THE ACFT TURNED L, STOPPING FACING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. THE ACFT WAS PUSHED BACK ON THE STRIP AND FLOWN OFF. WX AND ACFT WERE PERFECT, THE FAILURE WAS ENTIRELY WITH THE PLT. A BETTER LOW RECONNAISSANCE TO DETERMINE VERT AND LATERAL ENCROACHMENT OF THE VEGETATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE AND THE PLT SHOULD HAVE INITIATED A GAR IF HE HAD ANY CONCERN ABOUT WINGTIP CLRNC.
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.