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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : sjc|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 550|
msl bound upper : 550
|Controlling Facilities||tower : sjc|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Function||instruction : instructor|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 75|
flight time total : 8000
flight time type : 2000
|Function||instruction : trainee|
|Qualification||pilot : student|
|Anomaly||non adherence : published procedure|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Situation was brought to my attention by tower on downwind that a towbar appeared to be attached to nosewheel. I landed the airplane normally, parked, inspected both airplane and towbar and found no damage. Prior to flight, a full and complete aircraft preflight was performed. A towbar was then attached by student to pull the airplane by hand about 60 yds through gravel and a locked gate. The gate malfunctioned and needed attention. After closing the gate, attention was further diverted by a request for minor assistance by a neighbor pilot. After a quick visual check of the aircraft, we then entered the aircraft for the lesson. The movement and handling of aircraft after preflight may involve some change, so a full walkaround has been instituted immediately prior to entering the aircraft, even though a thorough preflight was performed immediately prior to movement.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA TOOK OFF WITH TOW BAR STILL ATTACHED TO NOSE GEAR.
Narrative: SITUATION WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTN BY TWR ON DOWNWIND THAT A TOWBAR APPEARED TO BE ATTACHED TO NOSEWHEEL. I LANDED THE AIRPLANE NORMALLY, PARKED, INSPECTED BOTH AIRPLANE AND TOWBAR AND FOUND NO DAMAGE. PRIOR TO FLT, A FULL AND COMPLETE ACFT PREFLT WAS PERFORMED. A TOWBAR WAS THEN ATTACHED BY STUDENT TO PULL THE AIRPLANE BY HAND ABOUT 60 YDS THROUGH GRAVEL AND A LOCKED GATE. THE GATE MALFUNCTIONED AND NEEDED ATTN. AFTER CLOSING THE GATE, ATTN WAS FURTHER DIVERTED BY A REQUEST FOR MINOR ASSISTANCE BY A NEIGHBOR PLT. AFTER A QUICK VISUAL CHK OF THE ACFT, WE THEN ENTERED THE ACFT FOR THE LESSON. THE MOVEMENT AND HANDLING OF ACFT AFTER PREFLT MAY INVOLVE SOME CHANGE, SO A FULL WALKAROUND HAS BEEN INSTITUTED IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO ENTERING THE ACFT, EVEN THOUGH A THOROUGH PREFLT WAS PERFORMED IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO MOVEMENT.
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.