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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : mdt|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2500|
msl bound upper : 3000
|Controlling Facilities||tower : mdt|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 20|
flight time total : 420
flight time type : 300
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : vfr in imc|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified cockpit|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : became reoriented|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I thought the road from altoona VOR to chambersburg was the road I was on, however, I was on route 76 to harrisburg. It was getting foggy after dark and I was disoriented. When I realized that the beacon was capital city, I turned south toward york. Soon after passing the first ridge I entered clouds and turned back to capital city. I contacted the tower and was vectored to a landing. I may have violated the arsa airspace before contacting ATC. Of course better pilotage and a working VOR would have prevented this situation, the fear of an airspace violation caused me to turn away from an airport in sight with almost disastrous results of hitting a hill under the clouds. There should be VFR corridors along major highways and rivers for those of us still following route 70 or 76.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF SMA ENCOUNTERED IMC ON VFR FLT IN AREA OF HIGH RIDGES AND TERRAIN -- IN CLR SPOTTED ARPT -- MDT -- AND REQUESTED LNDG CLRNC.
Narrative: I THOUGHT THE ROAD FROM ALTOONA VOR TO CHAMBERSBURG WAS THE ROAD I WAS ON, HOWEVER, I WAS ON RTE 76 TO HARRISBURG. IT WAS GETTING FOGGY AFTER DARK AND I WAS DISORIENTED. WHEN I REALIZED THAT THE BEACON WAS CAPITAL CITY, I TURNED S TOWARD YORK. SOON AFTER PASSING THE FIRST RIDGE I ENTERED CLOUDS AND TURNED BACK TO CAPITAL CITY. I CONTACTED THE TWR AND WAS VECTORED TO A LNDG. I MAY HAVE VIOLATED THE ARSA AIRSPACE BEFORE CONTACTING ATC. OF COURSE BETTER PILOTAGE AND A WORKING VOR WOULD HAVE PREVENTED THIS SITUATION, THE FEAR OF AN AIRSPACE VIOLATION CAUSED ME TO TURN AWAY FROM AN ARPT IN SIGHT WITH ALMOST DISASTROUS RESULTS OF HITTING A HILL UNDER THE CLOUDS. THERE SHOULD BE VFR CORRIDORS ALONG MAJOR HIGHWAYS AND RIVERS FOR THOSE OF US STILL FOLLOWING RTE 70 OR 76.
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.