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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : fca|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 2 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||oversight : pic|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
pilot : cfi
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : insufficient time|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Departed for a destination of kalispell/glacier park international airport. Flight plan route: direct btg, V112, psc, V187 rengo intersection, V536 fca direct. Flight conditions until mullan pass were +5 degrees C at 9000', IMC. At mlp climb was initiated to 11000' with a +2 degree C. No ice was expected nor was it forecasted. (Ground standard brief with mc minnville FSS and en route with walla walla flight watch and ZSE.) I encountered a track of rime ice at approximately celir intersection. At that point I requested a straight in vector for ILS. It was denied and I received hold instructions at smith lake NDB (sak). Upon entering the hold at sak I encountered rapidly accumulating ice--2' on leading edge (rime). During this time I requested an immediate clearance and notified salt lake of my flight conditions. Shortly after I received a clearance. After procedure turn inbound I estimated approximately 3' build up with approximately 1' on the windshield. Realizing the ice on the windshield wouldn't all melt off in time, I remained 1/2 degree right of localizer course so I would see the runway off my left front. Upon seeing the runway, I tried to make the best of a rotten situation. I didn't expect the aircraft to do well if I attempted to miss the approach and climb back into the icing conditions, since it was so ill-equipped. I saw the runway at approximately 400' AGL and turned towards it as it being to my left after remaining 1/2' right of localizer course. I landed the aircraft 15-20' left off runway using visual cues of my left side window. I attempted to melt the ice off the windshield with full defrost, but it had little effect and I'm sure the outcome would have been greatly improved had I not encountered unforecasted ice in such moderation and better fwd visibility. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: reporter states no injuries to passenger, but aircraft landing gear and propellers damaged. As he angled left to position over runway no longer had any sight of it due to ice build up. Snow covered area to left of runway where landed, approximately 3' and then 6' where pushed when runway cleared. Aircraft then returned to runway. FAA will take no action, just sorry it happened.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: LNDG ON SNOW ADJACENT TO RWY.
Narrative: DEPARTED FOR A DEST OF KALISPELL/GLACIER PARK INTL ARPT. FLT PLAN ROUTE: DIRECT BTG, V112, PSC, V187 RENGO INTXN, V536 FCA DIRECT. FLT CONDITIONS UNTIL MULLAN PASS WERE +5 DEGS C AT 9000', IMC. AT MLP CLB WAS INITIATED TO 11000' WITH A +2 DEG C. NO ICE WAS EXPECTED NOR WAS IT FORECASTED. (GND STANDARD BRIEF WITH MC MINNVILLE FSS AND ENRTE WITH WALLA WALLA FLT WATCH AND ZSE.) I ENCOUNTERED A TRACK OF RIME ICE AT APPROX CELIR INTXN. AT THAT POINT I REQUESTED A STRAIGHT IN VECTOR FOR ILS. IT WAS DENIED AND I RECEIVED HOLD INSTRUCTIONS AT SMITH LAKE NDB (SAK). UPON ENTERING THE HOLD AT SAK I ENCOUNTERED RAPIDLY ACCUMULATING ICE--2' ON LEADING EDGE (RIME). DURING THIS TIME I REQUESTED AN IMMEDIATE CLRNC AND NOTIFIED SALT LAKE OF MY FLT CONDITIONS. SHORTLY AFTER I RECEIVED A CLRNC. AFTER PROC TURN INBND I ESTIMATED APPROX 3' BUILD UP WITH APPROX 1' ON THE WINDSHIELD. REALIZING THE ICE ON THE WINDSHIELD WOULDN'T ALL MELT OFF IN TIME, I REMAINED 1/2 DEG RIGHT OF LOC COURSE SO I WOULD SEE THE RWY OFF MY LEFT FRONT. UPON SEEING THE RWY, I TRIED TO MAKE THE BEST OF A ROTTEN SITUATION. I DIDN'T EXPECT THE ACFT TO DO WELL IF I ATTEMPTED TO MISS THE APCH AND CLB BACK INTO THE ICING CONDITIONS, SINCE IT WAS SO ILL-EQUIPPED. I SAW THE RWY AT APPROX 400' AGL AND TURNED TOWARDS IT AS IT BEING TO MY LEFT AFTER REMAINING 1/2' RIGHT OF LOC COURSE. I LANDED THE ACFT 15-20' LEFT OFF RWY USING VISUAL CUES OF MY LEFT SIDE WINDOW. I ATTEMPTED TO MELT THE ICE OFF THE WINDSHIELD WITH FULL DEFROST, BUT IT HAD LITTLE EFFECT AND I'M SURE THE OUTCOME WOULD HAVE BEEN GREATLY IMPROVED HAD I NOT ENCOUNTERED UNFORECASTED ICE IN SUCH MODERATION AND BETTER FWD VISIBILITY. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: RPTR STATES NO INJURIES TO PAX, BUT ACFT LNDG GEAR AND PROPS DAMAGED. AS HE ANGLED LEFT TO POS OVER RWY NO LONGER HAD ANY SIGHT OF IT DUE TO ICE BUILD UP. SNOW COVERED AREA TO LEFT OF RWY WHERE LANDED, APPROX 3' AND THEN 6' WHERE PUSHED WHEN RWY CLRED. ACFT THEN RETURNED TO RWY. FAA WILL TAKE NO ACTION, JUST SORRY IT HAPPENED.
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.