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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : o62|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 700|
msl bound upper : 700
|Controlling Facilities||tower : aus|
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
landing : go around
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 235|
flight time total : 1975
flight time type : 15
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter other|
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Flying an small aircraft on a go around at carmel valley I clipped the top of a pine tree. At first I overflew the airport at 1500' to find direction and traffic pattern. No wind, left traffic for runway 29. Came in for landing but it did not look right prior to T/D being that I would have run off the end of the runway. So, I did a go around. That's when the incident took place causing a 1' X 8' deep dent between the right main landing gear and inboard fuel tank on the forward leading edge. A 6' wide, 3' deep next to the right air vents close to the fuselage and the landing gear cowling was bent in about 3'. Nobody was hurt no property damage. Came around the second time with the damaged wing, which I saw on downwind for runway 29 at carmel valley. I knew then that I had to make it this time regardless. Contributing factors according to company manual salinas were my first altitude which was clear and VFR. The carmel valley as second altitude. I did familiarize myself with all available information. My charts read 1800', company manual 2100', so I figured 2000'. After landing found out runway to be 1600' 20' wide, and the wind had picked up to tailwind that's why I guess I had to go around. It is a dirt strip totally uncontrolled airport on top of a cliff mountains, trees and houses everywhere (I am not making excuses) but I don't think it's a place for business. This is not an easy airplane to flair/land. I was told by local people that in about 10 yrs they have never seen a courier service in there it's a little town dirt strip I think I should have been briefed or checked out at carmel valley.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ATX SMA HIT TREES MAKING A GO AROUND AT O62.
Narrative: FLYING AN SMA ON A GO AROUND AT CARMEL VALLEY I CLIPPED THE TOP OF A PINE TREE. AT FIRST I OVERFLEW THE ARPT AT 1500' TO FIND DIRECTION AND TFC PATTERN. NO WIND, LEFT TFC FOR RWY 29. CAME IN FOR LNDG BUT IT DID NOT LOOK RIGHT PRIOR TO T/D BEING THAT I WOULD HAVE RUN OFF THE END OF THE RWY. SO, I DID A GO AROUND. THAT'S WHEN THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE CAUSING A 1' X 8' DEEP DENT BTWN THE RIGHT MAIN LNDG GEAR AND INBOARD FUEL TANK ON THE FORWARD LEADING EDGE. A 6' WIDE, 3' DEEP NEXT TO THE RIGHT AIR VENTS CLOSE TO THE FUSELAGE AND THE LNDG GEAR COWLING WAS BENT IN ABOUT 3'. NOBODY WAS HURT NO PROPERTY DAMAGE. CAME AROUND THE SECOND TIME WITH THE DAMAGED WING, WHICH I SAW ON DOWNWIND FOR RWY 29 AT CARMEL VALLEY. I KNEW THEN THAT I HAD TO MAKE IT THIS TIME REGARDLESS. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS ACCORDING TO COMPANY MANUAL SALINAS WERE MY FIRST ALT WHICH WAS CLEAR AND VFR. THE CARMEL VALLEY AS SECOND ALT. I DID FAMILIARIZE MYSELF WITH ALL AVAILABLE INFO. MY CHARTS READ 1800', COMPANY MANUAL 2100', SO I FIGURED 2000'. AFTER LNDG FOUND OUT RWY TO BE 1600' 20' WIDE, AND THE WIND HAD PICKED UP TO TAILWIND THAT'S WHY I GUESS I HAD TO GO AROUND. IT IS A DIRT STRIP TOTALLY UNCONTROLLED ARPT ON TOP OF A CLIFF MOUNTAINS, TREES AND HOUSES EVERYWHERE (I AM NOT MAKING EXCUSES) BUT I DON'T THINK IT'S A PLACE FOR BUSINESS. THIS IS NOT AN EASY AIRPLANE TO FLAIR/LAND. I WAS TOLD BY LCL PEOPLE THAT IN ABOUT 10 YRS THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN A COURIER SVC IN THERE IT'S A LITTLE TOWN DIRT STRIP I THINK I SHOULD HAVE BEEN BRIEFED OR CHECKED OUT AT CARMEL VALLEY.
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.