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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : 79v|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 250|
flight time total : 830
flight time type : 40
|Anomaly||incursion : runway|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : rejected takeoff|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
On 6/88 I was departing a grass runway (2500') in an small aircraft. Upon reaching 35 mph (indicated) I started to raise the tail from the ground immediately lowering the nose noticed a white horse running directly toward the left front of my aircraft. I immediately steered right and shut the throttle. After clearing the horse to the right I applied full brakes. To my right was taller uncut grass which made my braking not very effective. After noticing my poor braking and takeoff now being a poor judgement I pulled the mixture to idle-cutoff. To my right and ahead was a wire fence. With brakes on and power off the airplane slid straight through the wire putting small holes in some of the fabric. No substantial damage occurred and the aircraft was flyable. How this problem arose was simply the horse got startled by me or something else unknown to me and got out of the corral. I believe my corrective actions were very fast and precise. For how close the horse was my actions were commendable. I believe this incident had no way of being foreseen and do not doubt my judgement or decisions.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA TKOF ABORTED FROM NON TWR ARPT DUE TO A HORSE ON THE RWY.
Narrative: ON 6/88 I WAS DEPARTING A GRASS RWY (2500') IN AN SMA. UPON REACHING 35 MPH (INDICATED) I STARTED TO RAISE THE TAIL FROM THE GND IMMEDIATELY LOWERING THE NOSE NOTICED A WHITE HORSE RUNNING DIRECTLY TOWARD THE LEFT FRONT OF MY ACFT. I IMMEDIATELY STEERED RIGHT AND SHUT THE THROTTLE. AFTER CLRING THE HORSE TO THE RIGHT I APPLIED FULL BRAKES. TO MY RIGHT WAS TALLER UNCUT GRASS WHICH MADE MY BRAKING NOT VERY EFFECTIVE. AFTER NOTICING MY POOR BRAKING AND TKOF NOW BEING A POOR JUDGEMENT I PULLED THE MIXTURE TO IDLE-CUTOFF. TO MY RIGHT AND AHEAD WAS A WIRE FENCE. WITH BRAKES ON AND PWR OFF THE AIRPLANE SLID STRAIGHT THROUGH THE WIRE PUTTING SMALL HOLES IN SOME OF THE FABRIC. NO SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE OCCURRED AND THE ACFT WAS FLYABLE. HOW THIS PROB AROSE WAS SIMPLY THE HORSE GOT STARTLED BY ME OR SOMETHING ELSE UNKNOWN TO ME AND GOT OUT OF THE CORRAL. I BELIEVE MY CORRECTIVE ACTIONS WERE VERY FAST AND PRECISE. FOR HOW CLOSE THE HORSE WAS MY ACTIONS WERE COMMENDABLE. I BELIEVE THIS INCIDENT HAD NO WAY OF BEING FORESEEN AND DO NOT DOUBT MY JUDGEMENT OR DECISIONS.
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.