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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.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|
|Function||maintenance : technician|
|Anomaly||excursion : taxiway|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
ATC Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
I arrived at ZZZ to meet a friend to go pleasure flying. In looking for a place to park plane off of any taxiway, I chose to park in grass area. As I was slowing down and shutting down engine, the nosewheel fell into a hole about 14 inches in diameter and 6-8 inches deep. When it did so, the propeller hit sandy ground and stopped. I inspected propeller and found only a little marking from the sand. Plane was moved out of hole, put back on asphalt and started. No apparent damage found. I then put it into a hangar and arranged to have a mechanic inspect it. Upon inspection, it was reported no engine damage. I then taxied it to a propeller shop where the propeller is currently being overhauled. I suggest signs be posted that grass areas not be used by aircraft or the entire area be inspected and holes be filled and graded out. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: the pilot is used to parking on grass at home base. This pilot thought this would be a good place to park, even though there was a paved transit parking. Grass location is not signed at all, meaning, not designated as aircraft parking. An FAA inspector contacted the pilot about the incident. After the pilot explained what had happened. The pilot alleged the inspector lost interest. The pilot is concerned that there are no signs specifying that there are pot holes in the grass.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A C150 PLT TAXIED ONTO GRASS WITH POTHOLES AND HAD A PROP STRIKE. PLT CONCERNED WITH CONDITION OF GRASS AND LACK OF SIGNAGE.
Narrative: I ARRIVED AT ZZZ TO MEET A FRIEND TO GO PLEASURE FLYING. IN LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO PARK PLANE OFF OF ANY TXWY, I CHOSE TO PARK IN GRASS AREA. AS I WAS SLOWING DOWN AND SHUTTING DOWN ENG, THE NOSEWHEEL FELL INTO A HOLE ABOUT 14 INCHES IN DIAMETER AND 6-8 INCHES DEEP. WHEN IT DID SO, THE PROP HIT SANDY GND AND STOPPED. I INSPECTED PROP AND FOUND ONLY A LITTLE MARKING FROM THE SAND. PLANE WAS MOVED OUT OF HOLE, PUT BACK ON ASPHALT AND STARTED. NO APPARENT DAMAGE FOUND. I THEN PUT IT INTO A HANGAR AND ARRANGED TO HAVE A MECH INSPECT IT. UPON INSPECTION, IT WAS RPTED NO ENG DAMAGE. I THEN TAXIED IT TO A PROP SHOP WHERE THE PROP IS CURRENTLY BEING OVERHAULED. I SUGGEST SIGNS BE POSTED THAT GRASS AREAS NOT BE USED BY ACFT OR THE ENTIRE AREA BE INSPECTED AND HOLES BE FILLED AND GRADED OUT. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: THE PLT IS USED TO PARKING ON GRASS AT HOME BASE. THIS PLT THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE TO PARK, EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS A PAVED TRANSIT PARKING. GRASS LOCATION IS NOT SIGNED AT ALL, MEANING, NOT DESIGNATED AS ACFT PARKING. AN FAA INSPECTOR CONTACTED THE PLT ABOUT THE INCIDENT. AFTER THE PLT EXPLAINED WHAT HAD HAPPENED. THE PLT ALLEGED THE INSPECTOR LOST INTEREST. THE PLT IS CONCERNED THAT THERE ARE NO SIGNS SPECIFYING THAT THERE ARE POT HOLES IN THE GRASS.
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.