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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : pie|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||PA-32 Cherokee Six/Lance/Saratoga|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 20|
flight time total : 900
flight time type : 200
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : published procedure|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I filed a flight plan for a PA32 but, the plan got entered into the computer for a PA34, by mistake. I got rushed when I landed and forgot to close the plan. FAA called the FBO at leesburg, fl, and asked many times if a seneca was there and they said no seneca on the field. Local sheriff was called and many calls were made to my friends, etc. They finally located me about 5 hours later. I called my voice mail and got a message from FAA so I called them. They said they closed the plan but, a search was instituted. I don't know if I filed for a PA34 by mistake but, I doubt it. I always get a WX briefing and say, 'cherokee 6' so, they should have known. Maybe in the future, the FAA, when calling FBO's looking for a plane should not be so sure the aircraft is the right model and ask FBO to look at all registration numbers. If that was done, then this case would not have caused so much problems.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT FORGOT TO CLOSE HIS FLT PLAN. THE SEARCH WAS COMPLICATED BECAUSE THE FLT PLAN SHOWED A SENECA INSTEAD OF A CHEROKEE 6.
Narrative: I FILED A FLT PLAN FOR A PA32 BUT, THE PLAN GOT ENTERED INTO THE COMPUTER FOR A PA34, BY MISTAKE. I GOT RUSHED WHEN I LANDED AND FORGOT TO CLOSE THE PLAN. FAA CALLED THE FBO AT LEESBURG, FL, AND ASKED MANY TIMES IF A SENECA WAS THERE AND THEY SAID NO SENECA ON THE FIELD. LCL SHERIFF WAS CALLED AND MANY CALLS WERE MADE TO MY FRIENDS, ETC. THEY FINALLY LOCATED ME ABOUT 5 HRS LATER. I CALLED MY VOICE MAIL AND GOT A MESSAGE FROM FAA SO I CALLED THEM. THEY SAID THEY CLOSED THE PLAN BUT, A SEARCH WAS INSTITUTED. I DON'T KNOW IF I FILED FOR A PA34 BY MISTAKE BUT, I DOUBT IT. I ALWAYS GET A WX BRIEFING AND SAY, 'CHEROKEE 6' SO, THEY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN. MAYBE IN THE FUTURE, THE FAA, WHEN CALLING FBO'S LOOKING FOR A PLANE SHOULD NOT BE SO SURE THE ACFT IS THE RIGHT MODEL AND ASK FBO TO LOOK AT ALL REGISTRATION NUMBERS. IF THAT WAS DONE, THEN THIS CASE WOULD NOT HAVE CAUSED SO MUCH PROBS.
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.