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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : det|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport, Low Wing, 2 Recip Eng|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 1600
flight time type : 430
|Anomaly||conflict : ground critical|
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Miss Distance||horizontal : 0|
unspecified : 0
vertical : 0
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
While taxiing at det, eastbound on taxiway juliet, ground advised me of vehicles on taxiway and to use caution. I was getting progressive taxi clearance to bay in order to have the left starter on my aircraft replaced. I was cleared to taxi eastbound on juliet and noticed 2 vehicles on the taxiway. One veh moved while the other, a minivan, remained on the taxiway. The veh was parked on the south edge of the taxiway. It also was unattended and running. Also, on north edge of the taxiway, there was a small snowbank preventing full access of the taxiway. I angled toward the snowbank and got as close as I could in order to clear the minivan. I was still angling away from the minivan when the right main top tank came in contact with the top left rear of the minivan. I was unaware of the collision until airport personnel in the other veh advised ground of the accident. Also, the taxiway had a dip in it just north of the van. I hit this dip approximately the same time that the collision occurred. Before trying to clear the van I stopped the aircraft and looked and it looked as if I had enough room to clear the van. That is when I angled toward the north edge of taxiway at a very slow taxi speed. There was a very light coat of snow on taxiway, and the sun was out producing a good glare off the snow on the surface of the airport. Lesson learned, next time I'll maneuver aircraft in order to clear obstructions and then shutdown and go take a look, or get assistance from ground personnel. If vehicles are ever blocking my way in the future, I'll ask for clearance onto another taxiway or wait until the vehicles are moved.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ATX SMT HIT A GND VEHICLE WHILE TAXIING TO MAINTENANCE AREA FOR A GENERATOR CHANGE.
Narrative: WHILE TAXIING AT DET, EBND ON TXWY JULIET, GND ADVISED ME OF VEHICLES ON TXWY AND TO USE CAUTION. I WAS GETTING PROGRESSIVE TAXI CLRNC TO BAY IN ORDER TO HAVE THE LEFT STARTER ON MY ACFT REPLACED. I WAS CLRED TO TAXI EBND ON JULIET AND NOTICED 2 VEHICLES ON THE TXWY. ONE VEH MOVED WHILE THE OTHER, A MINIVAN, REMAINED ON THE TXWY. THE VEH WAS PARKED ON THE S EDGE OF THE TXWY. IT ALSO WAS UNATTENDED AND RUNNING. ALSO, ON N EDGE OF THE TXWY, THERE WAS A SMALL SNOWBANK PREVENTING FULL ACCESS OF THE TXWY. I ANGLED TOWARD THE SNOWBANK AND GOT AS CLOSE AS I COULD IN ORDER TO CLR THE MINIVAN. I WAS STILL ANGLING AWAY FROM THE MINIVAN WHEN THE RIGHT MAIN TOP TANK CAME IN CONTACT WITH THE TOP LEFT REAR OF THE MINIVAN. I WAS UNAWARE OF THE COLLISION UNTIL ARPT PERSONNEL IN THE OTHER VEH ADVISED GND OF THE ACCIDENT. ALSO, THE TXWY HAD A DIP IN IT JUST N OF THE VAN. I HIT THIS DIP APPROX THE SAME TIME THAT THE COLLISION OCCURRED. BEFORE TRYING TO CLR THE VAN I STOPPED THE ACFT AND LOOKED AND IT LOOKED AS IF I HAD ENOUGH ROOM TO CLR THE VAN. THAT IS WHEN I ANGLED TOWARD THE N EDGE OF TXWY AT A VERY SLOW TAXI SPD. THERE WAS A VERY LIGHT COAT OF SNOW ON TXWY, AND THE SUN WAS OUT PRODUCING A GOOD GLARE OFF THE SNOW ON THE SURFACE OF THE ARPT. LESSON LEARNED, NEXT TIME I'LL MANEUVER ACFT IN ORDER TO CLR OBSTRUCTIONS AND THEN SHUTDOWN AND GO TAKE A LOOK, OR GET ASSISTANCE FROM GND PERSONNEL. IF VEHICLES ARE EVER BLOCKING MY WAY IN THE FUTURE, I'LL ASK FOR CLRNC ONTO ANOTHER TXWY OR WAIT UNTIL THE VEHICLES ARE MOVED.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 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.