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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : tui|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zdc|
tower : sts
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Large Transport, Low Wing, 3 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute : on vectors|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : second officer|
|Qualification||pilot : flight engineer|
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 0|
flight time total : 1700
flight time type : 0
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
flight crew : exited adverse environment
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
On arrival at raleigh-durham area for approach we received various vectors for sequence to final approach to the active runway. Encountering severe WX in the terminal area, we were put into a holding pattern to wait for our approach. After holding for approximately 35 mins, we made (the captain) the decision, after communicating with our company, to divert to greenville, sc. After climb out on vectors for ZDC toward greenville, we learned of severe thunderstorms between our position and chosen alternate, greenville. After consulting with center on other possible appropriate divert fields, we decided to land at fay, but then found the WX there deteriorating quickly. With our fuel quantity in consideration, the captain decided to land at wilmington, nc, a field not normally one of our destinations. We arrived in VFR conditions with 8500 pounds of fuel. After refueling and consultation with our company, we departed for raleigh, nc. The return leg was unremarkable. It is my opinion that our captain did an outstanding job making timely decisions during this situation. He early on passed the flying to the first officer, while he and I communicated with our company and checked WX at our alternate options. The crew worked together during this changing situation effectively and professionally.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: BECAUSE OF ADVERSE WX AT DESTINATION ARPT REPORTER FLT DIVERTED TO AND LANDED AT AN UNPLANNED ALTERNATE ARPT.
Narrative: ON ARR AT RALEIGH-DURHAM AREA FOR APCH WE RECEIVED VARIOUS VECTORS FOR SEQUENCE TO FINAL APCH TO THE ACTIVE RWY. ENCOUNTERING SEVERE WX IN THE TERMINAL AREA, WE WERE PUT INTO A HOLDING PATTERN TO WAIT FOR OUR APCH. AFTER HOLDING FOR APPROX 35 MINS, WE MADE (THE CAPT) THE DECISION, AFTER COMMUNICATING WITH OUR COMPANY, TO DIVERT TO GREENVILLE, SC. AFTER CLBOUT ON VECTORS FOR ZDC TOWARD GREENVILLE, WE LEARNED OF SEVERE TSTMS BTWN OUR POS AND CHOSEN ALTERNATE, GREENVILLE. AFTER CONSULTING WITH CENTER ON OTHER POSSIBLE APPROPRIATE DIVERT FIELDS, WE DECIDED TO LAND AT FAY, BUT THEN FOUND THE WX THERE DETERIORATING QUICKLY. WITH OUR FUEL QUANTITY IN CONSIDERATION, THE CAPT DECIDED TO LAND AT WILMINGTON, NC, A FIELD NOT NORMALLY ONE OF OUR DESTINATIONS. WE ARRIVED IN VFR CONDITIONS WITH 8500 LBS OF FUEL. AFTER REFUELING AND CONSULTATION WITH OUR COMPANY, WE DEPARTED FOR RALEIGH, NC. THE RETURN LEG WAS UNREMARKABLE. IT IS MY OPINION THAT OUR CAPT DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB MAKING TIMELY DECISIONS DURING THIS SITUATION. HE EARLY ON PASSED THE FLYING TO THE F/O, WHILE HE AND I COMMUNICATED WITH OUR COMPANY AND CHKED WX AT OUR ALTERNATE OPTIONS. THE CREW WORKED TOGETHER DURING THIS CHANGING SITUATION EFFECTIVELY AND PROFESSIONALLY.
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.