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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 500|
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Jet Ranger/Kiowa/206|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 135|
|Flight Phase||landing : roll|
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : multi engine
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 60|
flight time total : 3080
flight time type : 180
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Problem Areas||Environmental Factor|
|Primary Problem||Environmental Factor|
On sep/sat/03, my crew and I were called for an accident scene flight. Upon arrival and approach at the scene, I experienced a white-out situation. At approximately 7 ft above the ground, I lost all visual reference. A go around was not an option at this point. I held what I had on the controls and landed the aircraft in an upright position, slightly harder than a normal landing with about 5 ft of forward movement upon touchdown. The white-out occurred due to gypsum dust from a neighboring plant. I shut the aircraft down to check for damage, with a flashlight, and saw no damage. The local fire department at my request, hosed down the area to control dust. The flight continued without incident to the hospital, a fuel stop and return to base. Landing gear was found to be damaged the following day.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B06 EMS PLT LOST VISUAL REF WHEN GYPSUM DUST OBSCURED VISIBILITY AT AN ACCIDENT SIGHT. HE MADE A HARD LNDG THAT DAMAGED THE LNDG GEAR.
Narrative: ON SEP/SAT/03, MY CREW AND I WERE CALLED FOR AN ACCIDENT SCENE FLT. UPON ARR AND APCH AT THE SCENE, I EXPERIENCED A WHITE-OUT SIT. AT APPROX 7 FT ABOVE THE GND, I LOST ALL VISUAL REF. A GAR WAS NOT AN OPTION AT THIS POINT. I HELD WHAT I HAD ON THE CTLS AND LANDED THE ACFT IN AN UPRIGHT POS, SLIGHTLY HARDER THAN A NORMAL LNDG WITH ABOUT 5 FT OF FORWARD MOVEMENT UPON TOUCHDOWN. THE WHITE-OUT OCCURRED DUE TO GYPSUM DUST FROM A NEIGHBORING PLANT. I SHUT THE ACFT DOWN TO CHK FOR DAMAGE, WITH A FLASHLIGHT, AND SAW NO DAMAGE. THE LCL FIRE DEPT AT MY REQUEST, HOSED DOWN THE AREA TO CTL DUST. THE FLT CONTINUED WITHOUT INCIDENT TO THE HOSPITAL, A FUEL STOP AND RETURN TO BASE. LNDG GEAR WAS FOUND TO BE DAMAGED THE FOLLOWING DAY.
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.