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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : zrh|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 10000|
msl bound upper : 10000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : zrh|
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 168|
flight time total : 12000
flight time type : 275
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Flight from palma de mallorca, spain (lepa) to gerona, spain (lege) to zurich, switzerland (lszh). Prior to departing lepa the pilot checked NOTAMS for lege and lszh. The pilot was advised that lszh was a 24-hour airport. While en route, the pilot contacted lege radar and was advised that lszh approach was calling. Changing to lszh approach frequency, the pilot was advised to fly direct ekron intersection. Upon reaching ekron, approach advised the pilot that it was too late to land at lszh. Pilot was then given a clearance to lege. En route to lege, lszh approach advised the pilot that lege approach would not accept the flight. Lszh approach now cleared the pilot to basel. En route to basel, lszh approach advised the pilot that basel would not accept the aircraft. Lszh approach then asked the pilot for fuel reserve. They were advised that the aircraft had 1 1/2 hours fuel remaining (approximately range 225 mi with no reserves). Lszh approach then requested the pilot's intentions. At that time, the pilot declared an emergency. The aircraft was allowed to land at lszh. On ground time was XX40 local time. Pilot was advised that the airport is closed to GA at XX00 and that local air carrier can land until PM00 local. Also, that the airport is officially closed between midnight and 0600 hours. In order that this situation not occur again, it is this pilot's recommendation that whenever flying overseas (especially into unfriendly toward united states aircraft countries) that the pilot have a source of information (a handling company, etc) that can advise him of any unpublished restrictions.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA IS REFUSED LNDG CLRNC AT A NUMBER OF SWISS ARPTS AND HAS TO DECLARE AN EMER.
Narrative: FLT FROM PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN (LEPA) TO GERONA, SPAIN (LEGE) TO ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (LSZH). PRIOR TO DEPARTING LEPA THE PLT CHKED NOTAMS FOR LEGE AND LSZH. THE PLT WAS ADVISED THAT LSZH WAS A 24-HR ARPT. WHILE ENRTE, THE PLT CONTACTED LEGE RADAR AND WAS ADVISED THAT LSZH APCH WAS CALLING. CHANGING TO LSZH APCH FREQ, THE PLT WAS ADVISED TO FLY DIRECT EKRON INTXN. UPON REACHING EKRON, APCH ADVISED THE PLT THAT IT WAS TOO LATE TO LAND AT LSZH. PLT WAS THEN GIVEN A CLRNC TO LEGE. ENRTE TO LEGE, LSZH APCH ADVISED THE PLT THAT LEGE APCH WOULD NOT ACCEPT THE FLT. LSZH APCH NOW CLRED THE PLT TO BASEL. ENRTE TO BASEL, LSZH APCH ADVISED THE PLT THAT BASEL WOULD NOT ACCEPT THE ACFT. LSZH APCH THEN ASKED THE PLT FOR FUEL RESERVE. THEY WERE ADVISED THAT THE ACFT HAD 1 1/2 HRS FUEL REMAINING (APPROX RANGE 225 MI WITH NO RESERVES). LSZH APCH THEN REQUESTED THE PLT'S INTENTIONS. AT THAT TIME, THE PLT DECLARED AN EMER. THE ACFT WAS ALLOWED TO LAND AT LSZH. ON GND TIME WAS XX40 LCL TIME. PLT WAS ADVISED THAT THE ARPT IS CLOSED TO GA AT XX00 AND THAT LCL ACR CAN LAND UNTIL PM00 LCL. ALSO, THAT THE ARPT IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED BTWN MIDNIGHT AND 0600 HRS. IN ORDER THAT THIS SIT NOT OCCUR AGAIN, IT IS THIS PLT'S RECOMMENDATION THAT WHENEVER FLYING OVERSEAS (ESPECIALLY INTO UNFRIENDLY TOWARD UNITED STATES ACFT COUNTRIES) THAT THE PLT HAVE A SOURCE OF INFO (A HANDLING COMPANY, ETC) THAT CAN ADVISE HIM OF ANY UNPUBLISHED RESTRICTIONS.
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.