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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : las.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Golden Eagle 421|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||ground : takeoff roll|
|Affiliation||company : corporate|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : multi engine|
pilot : private
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 20|
flight time total : 3600
flight time type : 600
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller non radar : 17|
|Anomaly||incursion : taxiway|
|Independent Detector||other controllerb|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : rejected takeoff|
|Problem Areas||Environmental Factor|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Airport||lighting : las.airport|
Received taxi clearance to runway 19R via taxiway H from FBO. Taxiway H has blue lighting. Approaching the end of taxiway H; I received a clearance for immediate takeoff. I mistook the green centerline leadoff lighting on taxiway F for white lead-on centerline lights for runway 19R. Taxiway F is next to and parallel to taxiway H. Taxiway F used to be the old runway 19. We started our takeoff roll on taxiway F; the tower controller called immediately and informed us we were on taxiway F. We aborted the takeoff; exit the taxiway; returned to runway 19R and departed. Contributing factors: 1) taxiway H has blue lighting; taxiway F has green lights. 2) taxiway F is an old runway and is as wide as runway 19R. 3) I was very tired at the time due to the late hour. 4) I wear corrective glasses which have a changing tint (green) and I mistook the faint green taxiway lights for white lights believing it was my glasses. 5) accepting the immediate takeoff clearance being tired and unsure that I was on the correct runway.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: C421 PLT MISTAKES TXWY AT LAS FOR RWY AND COMMENCES TKOF ROLL. TKOF IS ABORTED WHEN ALERTED TO MISTAKE BY CTLR.
Narrative: RECEIVED TAXI CLRNC TO RWY 19R VIA TXWY H FROM FBO. TXWY H HAS BLUE LIGHTING. APCHING THE END OF TXWY H; I RECEIVED A CLRNC FOR IMMEDIATE TKOF. I MISTOOK THE GREEN CTRLINE LEADOFF LIGHTING ON TXWY F FOR WHITE LEAD-ON CTRLINE LIGHTS FOR RWY 19R. TXWY F IS NEXT TO AND PARALLEL TO TXWY H. TXWY F USED TO BE THE OLD RWY 19. WE STARTED OUR TKOF ROLL ON TXWY F; THE TWR CTLR CALLED IMMEDIATELY AND INFORMED US WE WERE ON TXWY F. WE ABORTED THE TKOF; EXIT THE TXWY; RETURNED TO RWY 19R AND DEPARTED. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS: 1) TXWY H HAS BLUE LIGHTING; TXWY F HAS GREEN LIGHTS. 2) TXWY F IS AN OLD RWY AND IS AS WIDE AS RWY 19R. 3) I WAS VERY TIRED AT THE TIME DUE TO THE LATE HR. 4) I WEAR CORRECTIVE GLASSES WHICH HAVE A CHANGING TINT (GREEN) AND I MISTOOK THE FAINT GREEN TXWY LIGHTS FOR WHITE LIGHTS BELIEVING IT WAS MY GLASSES. 5) ACCEPTING THE IMMEDIATE TKOF CLRNC BEING TIRED AND UNSURE THAT I WAS ON THE CORRECT RWY.
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.