This is an excerpt from a report made to the Aviation Safety Reporting System. The narrative is written by the pilot, rather than FAA or NTSB officials. To maintain anonymity, many details, such as aircraft model or airport, are often scrubbed from the reports.
Returning to Hampton Airfield (7B3) in New Hampshire late at night, turned on the runway lights, and landed in between them.
However, the lights border the grass runway, rather than the asphalt runway that I meant to land on. As a result, I landed on the grass runway, when I expected to land on asphalt.
This was potentially dangerous if the grass runway was blocked with snow (it was not, fortunately). The grass runway was not operational at the time (NOTAM to that effect).
No adverse effect happened, but it was not ideal.
It’s not clear that in order to land on the asphalt, I’d have to land OUTSIDE the two sets of runway lights, which border the turf runway. Adding a third row of runway lights (on the other side of the asphalt runway) would make it much clearer for a night landing.
Primary Problem: Human Factors