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|Local Time Of Day||0001 To 0600|
|Locale Reference||airport : tvl.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Duchess 76|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||landing : roll|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : multi engine|
pilot : instrument
pilot : commercial
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 173|
flight time total : 473.4
flight time type : 2.7
|Anomaly||ground encounters other|
inflight encounter : turbulence
inflight encounter other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : regained aircraft control|
|Problem Areas||Environmental Factor|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Environmental Factor|
I am building PIC time; so that I can take my multi-engine instructor (mei) check ride. On a training flight I decided to take a few friends/co-workers along for a ride up to south lake tahoe. It was VMC for the whole route of flight and the takeoff; en route and descent phases of the flight went very smoothly. Upon arriving at south lake tahoe the winds were gusty; but nothing outside of the aircraft or my own limitations. During our final descent to land it was bumpy; but at about 200 ft AGL the air smoothed out and I was in a continuous position to land (gear down flaps at 25 degrees and propellers high RPM). I came into land and as I was flaring a gust of wind hit the plane and banked it to the right; I overreacted to the left and nicked the propeller. It was such a quick strike that I did not even notice. The taxi in and shutdown went smoothly; and no passenger were injured. When we deplaned I inspected the airplane and this is when I noticed that the propeller had nicked the runway. I believe many factors contributed to this incident. The chain of events began when I made the decision to fly into south lake tahoe. This airport is in the mountains which makes it a somewhat dangerous airport to fly into. That fact mixed with the gusty winds and my inexperience in the beechcraft duchess and in multi-engine planes in general; led to the incident at hand.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: BE76 PLT CATCHES A PROP TIP ON LANDING IN GUSTY WINDS AT MOUNTAIN ARPT.
Narrative: I AM BUILDING PIC TIME; SO THAT I CAN TAKE MY MULTI-ENG INSTRUCTOR (MEI) CHK RIDE. ON A TRAINING FLT I DECIDED TO TAKE A FEW FRIENDS/CO-WORKERS ALONG FOR A RIDE UP TO SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. IT WAS VMC FOR THE WHOLE RTE OF FLT AND THE TKOF; ENRTE AND DSCNT PHASES OF THE FLT WENT VERY SMOOTHLY. UPON ARRIVING AT SOUTH LAKE TAHOE THE WINDS WERE GUSTY; BUT NOTHING OUTSIDE OF THE ACFT OR MY OWN LIMITATIONS. DURING OUR FINAL DSCNT TO LAND IT WAS BUMPY; BUT AT ABOUT 200 FT AGL THE AIR SMOOTHED OUT AND I WAS IN A CONTINUOUS POS TO LAND (GEAR DOWN FLAPS AT 25 DEGS AND PROPS HIGH RPM). I CAME INTO LAND AND AS I WAS FLARING A GUST OF WIND HIT THE PLANE AND BANKED IT TO THE R; I OVERREACTED TO THE L AND NICKED THE PROP. IT WAS SUCH A QUICK STRIKE THAT I DID NOT EVEN NOTICE. THE TAXI IN AND SHUTDOWN WENT SMOOTHLY; AND NO PAX WERE INJURED. WHEN WE DEPLANED I INSPECTED THE AIRPLANE AND THIS IS WHEN I NOTICED THAT THE PROP HAD NICKED THE RWY. I BELIEVE MANY FACTORS CONTRIBUTED TO THIS INCIDENT. THE CHAIN OF EVENTS BEGAN WHEN I MADE THE DECISION TO FLY INTO SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. THIS ARPT IS IN THE MOUNTAINS WHICH MAKES IT A SOMEWHAT DANGEROUS ARPT TO FLY INTO. THAT FACT MIXED WITH THE GUSTY WINDS AND MY INEXPERIENCE IN THE BEECHCRAFT DUCHESS AND IN MULTI-ENG PLANES IN GENERAL; LED TO THE INCIDENT AT HAND.
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.