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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : bif|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||tower : elp|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Flight Phase||landing other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time total : 2500|
|Affiliation||government : military|
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||pilot : military|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
incursion : landing without clearance
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited adverse environment|
none taken : unable
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I topped off all 4 tanks and took off for el paso, tx. 2 hours and 38 mins later over abilene, tx, I changed my left engine fuel. 3 hours later I changed my right engine fuel. I arrived outside el paso arsa after 4:22 of flying. I had called the el paso control tower but received no answer. My wack chart showed 4 small airports in the area so I started circling the arsa looking for these small airports. The only one I saw turned out to be biggs AFB, which I had not seen as such on my maps. I was aware my fuel was becoming very low on my left engine and after watching a jet aircraft takeoff from biggs decided to land there. After landing and taxiing toward what looked like an abandoned operations, I received 2 red lights from the tower. I stopped and a van appeared and informed me a military field. I told him I was out of fuel on left engine. He asked if I had enough fuel for 1 or 2 mins flight to elp. I said yes by using my xfeed. I said I did not have radio contact with elp. He helped me establish radio contact by telling me to use 126.7 instead of 118.3. He ordered me to take off and slammed my door shut. In the excitement I forgot to lock the door. I took off and before I could raise my gear my left engine began to fail. I switched xfeed and bounced back on runway. I bounced 10' into air and left engine took hold. I started a left turn 180 degrees to bring me in line with approach to elp. I was talking to epl control tower when door flew open and I had to reduce power fully to hold nose in glide position. I informed tower I was going down. I missed wires by inches and landed in field of high grass. I closed door and locked it, turned around and took off in same tracks. I called elp and landed, taxied and parked. I put 142 gals fuel in 144 gal tanks. I called FAA and reported this. I took off and returned to ca. At this point the FAA has ordered a 609 examination of my flying competency. Question: have they ordered a competency test of elp control tower or biggs AFB?
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA WRONG ARPT LNDG FOLLOWED BY OFF ARPT LNDG AS PLT TRIED TO PROCEED TO DESTINATION ARPT.
Narrative: I TOPPED OFF ALL 4 TANKS AND TOOK OFF FOR EL PASO, TX. 2 HRS AND 38 MINS LATER OVER ABILENE, TX, I CHANGED MY LEFT ENG FUEL. 3 HRS LATER I CHANGED MY RIGHT ENG FUEL. I ARRIVED OUTSIDE EL PASO ARSA AFTER 4:22 OF FLYING. I HAD CALLED THE EL PASO CTL TWR BUT RECEIVED NO ANSWER. MY WACK CHART SHOWED 4 SMALL ARPTS IN THE AREA SO I STARTED CIRCLING THE ARSA LOOKING FOR THESE SMALL ARPTS. THE ONLY ONE I SAW TURNED OUT TO BE BIGGS AFB, WHICH I HAD NOT SEEN AS SUCH ON MY MAPS. I WAS AWARE MY FUEL WAS BECOMING VERY LOW ON MY LEFT ENG AND AFTER WATCHING A JET ACFT TKOF FROM BIGGS DECIDED TO LAND THERE. AFTER LNDG AND TAXIING TOWARD WHAT LOOKED LIKE AN ABANDONED OPS, I RECEIVED 2 RED LIGHTS FROM THE TWR. I STOPPED AND A VAN APPEARED AND INFORMED ME A MIL FIELD. I TOLD HIM I WAS OUT OF FUEL ON LEFT ENG. HE ASKED IF I HAD ENOUGH FUEL FOR 1 OR 2 MINS FLT TO ELP. I SAID YES BY USING MY XFEED. I SAID I DID NOT HAVE RADIO CONTACT WITH ELP. HE HELPED ME ESTABLISH RADIO CONTACT BY TELLING ME TO USE 126.7 INSTEAD OF 118.3. HE ORDERED ME TO TAKE OFF AND SLAMMED MY DOOR SHUT. IN THE EXCITEMENT I FORGOT TO LOCK THE DOOR. I TOOK OFF AND BEFORE I COULD RAISE MY GEAR MY LEFT ENG BEGAN TO FAIL. I SWITCHED XFEED AND BOUNCED BACK ON RWY. I BOUNCED 10' INTO AIR AND LEFT ENG TOOK HOLD. I STARTED A LEFT TURN 180 DEGS TO BRING ME IN LINE WITH APCH TO ELP. I WAS TALKING TO EPL CTL TWR WHEN DOOR FLEW OPEN AND I HAD TO REDUCE PWR FULLY TO HOLD NOSE IN GLIDE POS. I INFORMED TWR I WAS GOING DOWN. I MISSED WIRES BY INCHES AND LANDED IN FIELD OF HIGH GRASS. I CLOSED DOOR AND LOCKED IT, TURNED AROUND AND TOOK OFF IN SAME TRACKS. I CALLED ELP AND LANDED, TAXIED AND PARKED. I PUT 142 GALS FUEL IN 144 GAL TANKS. I CALLED FAA AND RPTED THIS. I TOOK OFF AND RETURNED TO CA. AT THIS POINT THE FAA HAS ORDERED A 609 EXAM OF MY FLYING COMPETENCY. QUESTION: HAVE THEY ORDERED A COMPETENCY TEST OF ELP CTL TWR OR BIGGS AFB?
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.