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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : hom|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||tower : rpmk|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 260|
flight time total : 5800
flight time type : 2600
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|Airport||other physical facility|
The WX at time of accident was west 7X 1 mi. We executed the localizer/DME backcourse 21 approach to hom. During the approach hom radio advised to not use the ramp in front of our terminal due to snow removal in progress. There was approximately 2' fresh snow on airport. We were advised that there were snow berms on the ramp in front of terminal. Meanwhile the state plow was talking to the hom radio about his progress. We were concentrating on the approach and do not recall all the details. I was advised to use the taxiway at the end of runway 21 which loops back to the left to our terminal. Upon entering the taxiway the plowed portion was approximately as wide as the landing gear of the small transport. There was a snow berm approximately 6-8' in height to my left. While trying to stay on the plowed portion, the right wing crossed over a perimeter fence on my right and struck a metal post set there for an access gate. The fence is set next to the taxiway. The fence is unmarked. The perimeter is unmarked or covered with snow. It was still dark here in ak, and it was snowing moderately to heavily. No injuries except the plane. The post hit the leading edge 5' inboard. Substantial damage resulted. I attribute the accident to being advised to use that taxiway, the fence unmarked, the perimeter unmarked, darkness, snowing, the plowed portion next to the fence, and not catching the trap waiting for us until it was too late. My copilot on my right did not notice the situation develop either. Although an accident happened there are some factors here that have been brought to light that contributed.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ACFT WING STRUCK A GATEPOST ON A PERIMETER FENCE WHILE TAXIING.
Narrative: THE WX AT TIME OF ACCIDENT WAS W 7X 1 MI. WE EXECUTED THE LOC/DME BACKCOURSE 21 APCH TO HOM. DURING THE APCH HOM RADIO ADVISED TO NOT USE THE RAMP IN FRONT OF OUR TERMINAL DUE TO SNOW REMOVAL IN PROGRESS. THERE WAS APPROX 2' FRESH SNOW ON ARPT. WE WERE ADVISED THAT THERE WERE SNOW BERMS ON THE RAMP IN FRONT OF TERMINAL. MEANWHILE THE STATE PLOW WAS TALKING TO THE HOM RADIO ABOUT HIS PROGRESS. WE WERE CONCENTRATING ON THE APCH AND DO NOT RECALL ALL THE DETAILS. I WAS ADVISED TO USE THE TXWY AT THE END OF RWY 21 WHICH LOOPS BACK TO THE LEFT TO OUR TERMINAL. UPON ENTERING THE TXWY THE PLOWED PORTION WAS APPROX AS WIDE AS THE LNDG GEAR OF THE SMT. THERE WAS A SNOW BERM APPROX 6-8' IN HEIGHT TO MY LEFT. WHILE TRYING TO STAY ON THE PLOWED PORTION, THE RIGHT WING CROSSED OVER A PERIMETER FENCE ON MY RIGHT AND STRUCK A METAL POST SET THERE FOR AN ACCESS GATE. THE FENCE IS SET NEXT TO THE TXWY. THE FENCE IS UNMARKED. THE PERIMETER IS UNMARKED OR COVERED WITH SNOW. IT WAS STILL DARK HERE IN AK, AND IT WAS SNOWING MODERATELY TO HEAVILY. NO INJURIES EXCEPT THE PLANE. THE POST HIT THE LEADING EDGE 5' INBOARD. SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE RESULTED. I ATTRIBUTE THE ACCIDENT TO BEING ADVISED TO USE THAT TXWY, THE FENCE UNMARKED, THE PERIMETER UNMARKED, DARKNESS, SNOWING, THE PLOWED PORTION NEXT TO THE FENCE, AND NOT CATCHING THE TRAP WAITING FOR US UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE. MY COPLT ON MY RIGHT DID NOT NOTICE THE SITUATION DEVELOP EITHER. ALTHOUGH AN ACCIDENT HAPPENED THERE ARE SOME FACTORS HERE THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO LIGHT THAT CONTRIBUTED.
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.