|37000 Feet||Browse and search NASA's
Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : mem|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2500|
msl bound upper : 2500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : mem|
|Make Model Name||Helicopter|
|Flight Phase||descent other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : flight engineer
pilot : atp
pilot : cfi
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 250|
flight time total : 15200
flight time type : 500
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified cockpit|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Sent out to search for person overboard in mississippi river, previous day search no results, this day was pressured by sheriff and family to go look again, WX was marginal, scattered about 300-400 AGL, layered above (next layer 5000 ft) rain, fog, etc. Area of search 30 mi southwest of mem, area of search. WX was 300-400 ft AGL, no body found, on return to helipad, climbed above scattered clouds as conditions were deteriorating fast, got caught on top, looking for hole, as aircraft not IFR equipped, found hole but realized we made better time on return trip as a result, violated TCA at 2500 ft, floor in area 1800 ft, immediately descended in hole and landed at heliport.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: HELI ON SEARCH MISSION. NO FLT PLAN. CAUGHT ON TOP RETURNING TO HELIPAD DSNDED THROUGH HOLE IN OVCST. VFR. ENTERED TCA OF MEM.
Narrative: SENT OUT TO SEARCH FOR PERSON OVERBOARD IN MISSISSIPPI RIVER, PREVIOUS DAY SEARCH NO RESULTS, THIS DAY WAS PRESSURED BY SHERIFF AND FAMILY TO GO LOOK AGAIN, WX WAS MARGINAL, SCATTERED ABOUT 300-400 AGL, LAYERED ABOVE (NEXT LAYER 5000 FT) RAIN, FOG, ETC. AREA OF SEARCH 30 MI SW OF MEM, AREA OF SEARCH. WX WAS 300-400 FT AGL, NO BODY FOUND, ON RETURN TO HELIPAD, CLBED ABOVE SCATTERED CLOUDS AS CONDITIONS WERE DETERIORATING FAST, GOT CAUGHT ON TOP, LOOKING FOR HOLE, AS ACFT NOT IFR EQUIPPED, FOUND HOLE BUT REALIZED WE MADE BETTER TIME ON RETURN TRIP AS A RESULT, VIOLATED TCA AT 2500 FT, FLOOR IN AREA 1800 FT, IMMEDIATELY DSNDED IN HOLE AND LANDED AT HELIPORT.
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.