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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : gnv|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 15500|
msl bound upper : 16000
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 2 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute airway : zjx|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 50|
flight time total : 4875
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
altitude deviation : excursion from assigned altitude
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
other flight crewa
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
flight crew : declared emergency
Cruising at 16000' and aircraft suffered rapid depressurization. Cabin altitude went from about 2000' to 16000' in a fraction of a second. Called center immediately, advised them of our problem and initiated descent. Received clearance for lower (11000') as we passed 15500'. We were in excellent VFR conditions at the time with no reported traffic and no conflict. I believe the disorienting effect of the depressurization and previous airline training calling for immediate descent caused me to initiate premature descent when it was not immediately necessary.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA LIGHT TWIN SUFFERS RAPID DECOMPRESSION.
Narrative: CRUISING AT 16000' AND ACFT SUFFERED RAPID DEPRESSURIZATION. CABIN ALT WENT FROM ABOUT 2000' TO 16000' IN A FRACTION OF A SEC. CALLED CTR IMMEDIATELY, ADVISED THEM OF OUR PROB AND INITIATED DSNT. RECEIVED CLRNC FOR LOWER (11000') AS WE PASSED 15500'. WE WERE IN EXCELLENT VFR CONDITIONS AT THE TIME WITH NO RPTED TFC AND NO CONFLICT. I BELIEVE THE DISORIENTING EFFECT OF THE DEPRESSURIZATION AND PREVIOUS AIRLINE TRNING CALLING FOR IMMEDIATE DSNT CAUSED ME TO INITIATE PREMATURE DSNT WHEN IT WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY NECESSARY.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 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.