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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : prc.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 7000|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : zzz.tower|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Commercial Fixed Wing|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Navigation In Use||other|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Route In Use||approach : visual|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 3000
flight time type : 2500
|Anomaly||non adherence : published procedure|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Problem Areas||Chart Or Publication|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Chart Or Publication|
Picked up ASOS 30 miles south of prescott; az. NOTAMS reported runway 21L/3R (the major runway) as closed. Winds were 290 at 7 knots. Planned to land on runway 30 in prc. Got into prc to land on runway 30; couldn't get the pilot controlled lights to come up on that runway. Listened to ASOS again. Still heard that runway 21L/3R was closed. Lighting would not come up on runway 21R/3L either. Called company on the ground; received no answer. Called ATC and asked for updated information on the airport. They knew of no closures. Crew asked to hold as published to contact company. Crew informed company dispatch that the major runway was notamed closed and that the lighting on the other runways was not operational. Dispatch told the crew to overfly prescott and go to another airport. Crew did not notice that there was a second lighting frequency which controlled runway 30/12.callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: reporter suggested that the runway lighting information be published more widely. The reporter stated that it is unusual for airports to have two pilot controlled lighting frequencies and if that had been available on the NOTAMS and in the FAA airport/facility directory that both this flight's crew and the air carrier dispatch would have seen that an alternative lighted runway was available when the main runway was closed.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AN ACR CREW APCHING PRC AT NIGHT OVERFLEW THE ARPT WITH RWY 21L/3R NOTAMED CLOSED. CREW DID NOT SEE THAT RWY 12/30 HAS PILOT CONTROLLED LIGHTS ON A SEPARATE FREQ.
Narrative: PICKED UP ASOS 30 MILES SOUTH OF PRESCOTT; AZ. NOTAMS REPORTED RWY 21L/3R (THE MAJOR RUNWAY) AS CLOSED. WINDS WERE 290 AT 7 KNOTS. PLANNED TO LAND ON RWY 30 IN PRC. GOT INTO PRC TO LAND ON RWY 30; COULDN'T GET THE PILOT CONTROLLED LIGHTS TO COME UP ON THAT RUNWAY. LISTENED TO ASOS AGAIN. STILL HEARD THAT RWY 21L/3R WAS CLOSED. LIGHTING WOULD NOT COME UP ON RWY 21R/3L EITHER. CALLED COMPANY ON THE GROUND; RECEIVED NO ANSWER. CALLED ATC AND ASKED FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ON THE AIRPORT. THEY KNEW OF NO CLOSURES. CREW ASKED TO HOLD AS PUBLISHED TO CONTACT COMPANY. CREW INFORMED COMPANY DISPATCH THAT THE MAJOR RUNWAY WAS NOTAMED CLOSED AND THAT THE LIGHTING ON THE OTHER RUNWAYS WAS NOT OPERATIONAL. DISPATCH TOLD THE CREW TO OVERFLY PRESCOTT AND GO TO ANOTHER ARPT. CREW DID NOT NOTICE THAT THERE WAS A SECOND LIGHTING FREQUENCY WHICH CONTROLLED RWY 30/12.CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: REPORTER SUGGESTED THAT THE RWY LIGHTING INFORMATION BE PUBLISHED MORE WIDELY. THE REPORTER STATED THAT IT IS UNUSUAL FOR ARPTS TO HAVE TWO PILOT CONTROLLED LIGHTING FREQUENCIES AND IF THAT HAD BEEN AVAILABLE ON THE NOTAMS AND IN THE FAA AIRPORT/FACILITY DIRECTORY THAT BOTH THIS FLT'S CREW AND THE ACR DISPATCH WOULD HAVE SEEN THAT AN ALTERNATIVE LIGHTED RWY WAS AVAILABLE WHEN THE MAIN RWY WAS CLOSED.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of May 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.