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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : mlc|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2500|
msl bound upper : 2500
|Controlling Facilities||tower : ewr|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute : direct|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : vfr in imc|
inflight encounter : weather
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
controller : provided flight assist
flight crew : exited adverse environment
flight crew : declared emergency
I received a WX briefing on 1/thu/89 at XA00 am local time for XB00 takeoff and filed for flight plan at that time. I reported in to fayetteville FSS at approximately XB30 that I was airborne at 2500' as I had filed. I followed razorback VOR towards mc alister and when it went off I tuned in the mc alister VOR. I attempted to follow the VOR but it became erratic and I began looking for ground reference points along the way. I saw lake eufaula and route 69 which passes over some of the lake. Before I could reach the bridge, however, I noted severe storm activity in my path. I turned away from the activity and headed south. When I felt I was around this storm cell I turned back to where I had seen route 69, but also noted more storm cells all around me with fog and rain. The rain worsened and became ice. There was a buildup on my windshield and leading wing edges. Fog became worse. I turned 180 degrees and attempted to return from whence I came, but became disoriented and lost. I called mc alister FSS and they gave me a frequency, but I could raise no one on it. Sleeting snow and ice and rain were building up on my aircraft and I dialed in 121.5 and squawked 7700 for emergency service, which I am thankful to god they provided. I was able to land safely with their help.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA ENCOUNTERS WX, BECOMES DISORIENTED, DECLARES EMERGENCY AND RECEIVED FLT ASSISTANCE.
Narrative: I RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING ON 1/THU/89 AT XA00 AM LCL TIME FOR XB00 TKOF AND FILED FOR FLT PLAN AT THAT TIME. I RPTED IN TO FAYETTEVILLE FSS AT APPROX XB30 THAT I WAS AIRBORNE AT 2500' AS I HAD FILED. I FOLLOWED RAZORBACK VOR TOWARDS MC ALISTER AND WHEN IT WENT OFF I TUNED IN THE MC ALISTER VOR. I ATTEMPTED TO FOLLOW THE VOR BUT IT BECAME ERRATIC AND I BEGAN LOOKING FOR GND REF POINTS ALONG THE WAY. I SAW LAKE EUFAULA AND ROUTE 69 WHICH PASSES OVER SOME OF THE LAKE. BEFORE I COULD REACH THE BRIDGE, HOWEVER, I NOTED SEVERE STORM ACTIVITY IN MY PATH. I TURNED AWAY FROM THE ACTIVITY AND HEADED S. WHEN I FELT I WAS AROUND THIS STORM CELL I TURNED BACK TO WHERE I HAD SEEN ROUTE 69, BUT ALSO NOTED MORE STORM CELLS ALL AROUND ME WITH FOG AND RAIN. THE RAIN WORSENED AND BECAME ICE. THERE WAS A BUILDUP ON MY WINDSHIELD AND LEADING WING EDGES. FOG BECAME WORSE. I TURNED 180 DEGS AND ATTEMPTED TO RETURN FROM WHENCE I CAME, BUT BECAME DISORIENTED AND LOST. I CALLED MC ALISTER FSS AND THEY GAVE ME A FREQ, BUT I COULD RAISE NO ONE ON IT. SLEETING SNOW AND ICE AND RAIN WERE BUILDING UP ON MY ACFT AND I DIALED IN 121.5 AND SQUAWKED 7700 FOR EMER SVC, WHICH I AM THANKFUL TO GOD THEY PROVIDED. I WAS ABLE TO LAND SAFELY WITH THEIR HELP.
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.