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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : san.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Regional Jet 700 ER&LR|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground : position and hold|
ground : takeoff roll
ground : taxi
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 17000
flight time type : 4000
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other flight crewb
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : became reoriented|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Airport||markings : san.airport|
It was my first time to take off at night from san. We taxied out to runway 27 and were cleared to taxi into position and hold. It was not obvious where the runway started and the taxiway ended; so I was being very cautious. I taxied slowly and turned the landing lights on to better see where we were going. Being unfamiliar; I asked the first officer if this was the centerline that we had lined up on; and he said it was. I didn't know it at the time; but I lined up on the runway edge lights. We sat there for 1 min or so; and were then cleared for takeoff. Immediately after starting our takeoff roll; we could see we were not on the runway centerline. There was plenty of room to maneuver on the displaced threshold; so the first officer; who was flying; steered the aircraft back to the centerline while continuing the takeoff. The markings and lighting on this area of the airport are (to me) not very straight forward like they should be. I believe this is what caused the problem. Increased awareness and better vigilance would help prevent this problem. I would like to see my company address this issue at a recurrent training session since I believe it has probably happened before and will probably happen again.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A CRJ700 PLT'S FIRST NIGHT DEP ON SAN'S RWY 27 RESULTED IN EDGE LIGHT LINE-UP BECAUSE THE CTRLINE WAS NOT CLR TO THE CREW.
Narrative: IT WAS MY FIRST TIME TO TAKE OFF AT NIGHT FROM SAN. WE TAXIED OUT TO RWY 27 AND WERE CLRED TO TAXI INTO POS AND HOLD. IT WAS NOT OBVIOUS WHERE THE RWY STARTED AND THE TXWY ENDED; SO I WAS BEING VERY CAUTIOUS. I TAXIED SLOWLY AND TURNED THE LNDG LIGHTS ON TO BETTER SEE WHERE WE WERE GOING. BEING UNFAMILIAR; I ASKED THE FO IF THIS WAS THE CTRLINE THAT WE HAD LINED UP ON; AND HE SAID IT WAS. I DIDN'T KNOW IT AT THE TIME; BUT I LINED UP ON THE RWY EDGE LIGHTS. WE SAT THERE FOR 1 MIN OR SO; AND WERE THEN CLRED FOR TKOF. IMMEDIATELY AFTER STARTING OUR TKOF ROLL; WE COULD SEE WE WERE NOT ON THE RWY CTRLINE. THERE WAS PLENTY OF ROOM TO MANEUVER ON THE DISPLACED THRESHOLD; SO THE FO; WHO WAS FLYING; STEERED THE ACFT BACK TO THE CTRLINE WHILE CONTINUING THE TKOF. THE MARKINGS AND LIGHTING ON THIS AREA OF THE ARPT ARE (TO ME) NOT VERY STRAIGHT FORWARD LIKE THEY SHOULD BE. I BELIEVE THIS IS WHAT CAUSED THE PROB. INCREASED AWARENESS AND BETTER VIGILANCE WOULD HELP PREVENT THIS PROB. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MY COMPANY ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AT A RECURRENT TRAINING SESSION SINCE I BELIEVE IT HAS PROBABLY HAPPENED BEFORE AND WILL PROBABLY HAPPEN AGAIN.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 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.