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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : spi|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2000|
msl bound upper : 2000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : sgf|
tracon : spi
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport, Low Wing, 2 Recip Eng|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Route In Use||approach : visual|
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 120|
flight time total : 6700
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
On 2/tue/89 I conducted a flight from pdk to txk, to spl, back to pdk. During this flight I became distracted by a number of events. I feel this contributed to the errors made on this flight. The most outstanding of these are airspace incursion at spi and exceeding flight and duty time limits. At XA30 thur morning I received a call from my brother informing that my aunt had been hospitalized with pneumonia, and due to a terminal cancer she was not expected to leave the hospital again. I took this flight anyway transported federal prisoners to the federal penitentiary in sgf, one from atl, one from txk. While on the ground in txk the prisoner I had been told was dying of rectal cancer and aids began to vomit in the aircraft. This concerned me greatly and combined with my family news distracted me enough to overlook my incorrect route to spi. After departure from txk the prisoner continued to vomit further distracting me. Upon arrival at spi I checked the approach information for sgf. I called the sgf approach for arrival instructions and was told to enter a left base for runway 19. I continued my descent to an altitude that I could no longer communication with sgf approach. Now being close enough to spi I could determine that the approach plate did not match. I was now approximately 10 mi from spi and flew an arc around the airport to the east and to about 15 mi north. I then discovered my mistake and contacted spi approach for arrival handling. Upon arrival I was told to contact the approach supervisor, I did and explained what had happened. I then departed for sgf. The prisoners had to be transported to levinworth for transfer which took approximately 2 hours. Being further distracted by the events at spi I then departed for pdk not realizing this would cause me to exceed both flight and duty time limits.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ATX SMT CONTACTS WRONG APCH CTL AND GETS CLRNC INSTRUCTIONS ARSA AND ATA OF ARPT 230 MILES DISTANT AT TOWN OF SAME NAME. EXCEEDED MAXIMUM DUTY TIME.
Narrative: ON 2/TUE/89 I CONDUCTED A FLT FROM PDK TO TXK, TO SPL, BACK TO PDK. DURING THIS FLT I BECAME DISTRACTED BY A NUMBER OF EVENTS. I FEEL THIS CONTRIBUTED TO THE ERRORS MADE ON THIS FLT. THE MOST OUTSTANDING OF THESE ARE AIRSPACE INCURSION AT SPI AND EXCEEDING FLT AND DUTY TIME LIMITS. AT XA30 THUR MORNING I RECEIVED A CALL FROM MY BROTHER INFORMING THAT MY AUNT HAD BEEN HOSPITALIZED WITH PNEUMONIA, AND DUE TO A TERMINAL CANCER SHE WAS NOT EXPECTED TO LEAVE THE HOSPITAL AGAIN. I TOOK THIS FLT ANYWAY TRANSPORTED FEDERAL PRISONERS TO THE FEDERAL PENITENTIARY IN SGF, ONE FROM ATL, ONE FROM TXK. WHILE ON THE GND IN TXK THE PRISONER I HAD BEEN TOLD WAS DYING OF RECTAL CANCER AND AIDS BEGAN TO VOMIT IN THE ACFT. THIS CONCERNED ME GREATLY AND COMBINED WITH MY FAMILY NEWS DISTRACTED ME ENOUGH TO OVERLOOK MY INCORRECT ROUTE TO SPI. AFTER DEP FROM TXK THE PRISONER CONTINUED TO VOMIT FURTHER DISTRACTING ME. UPON ARR AT SPI I CHKED THE APCH INFO FOR SGF. I CALLED THE SGF APCH FOR ARR INSTRUCTIONS AND WAS TOLD TO ENTER A LEFT BASE FOR RWY 19. I CONTINUED MY DSCNT TO AN ALT THAT I COULD NO LONGER COM WITH SGF APCH. NOW BEING CLOSE ENOUGH TO SPI I COULD DETERMINE THAT THE APCH PLATE DID NOT MATCH. I WAS NOW APPROX 10 MI FROM SPI AND FLEW AN ARC AROUND THE ARPT TO THE E AND TO ABOUT 15 MI N. I THEN DISCOVERED MY MISTAKE AND CONTACTED SPI APCH FOR ARR HANDLING. UPON ARR I WAS TOLD TO CONTACT THE APCH SUPVR, I DID AND EXPLAINED WHAT HAD HAPPENED. I THEN DEPARTED FOR SGF. THE PRISONERS HAD TO BE TRANSPORTED TO LEVINWORTH FOR TRANSFER WHICH TOOK APPROX 2 HRS. BEING FURTHER DISTRACTED BY THE EVENTS AT SPI I THEN DEPARTED FOR PDK NOT REALIZING THIS WOULD CAUSE ME TO EXCEED BOTH FLT AND DUTY TIME LIMITS.
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.