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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : 4n1|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1800|
msl bound upper : 4200
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : n90|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Skyhawk 172/Cutlass 172|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 425
flight time type : 400
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
inflight encounter : vfr in imc
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||controller : provided flight assist|
flight crew : exited adverse environment
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
faa : investigated
I left 4n1 to pick up my C172 after having transponder work done. Conditions at the time were 2100 ft and VFR. Upon leaving sussex, the conditions were deteriorating. However, I thought I could circumnav the WX. While continuing my flight and trying different rtes, I found conditions improving in some areas and worse in other areas. I found myself being closed in by the conditions and became surrounded by clouds. I immediately started to climb and contacted new york approach control for assistance. I had inadvertently entered IMC. I climbed through and broke out at 4200 ft. New york approach vectored me to an area of reported VFR conditions so I could descend in VFR conditions. Upon seeing VFR conditions, I descended below the cloud deck (VFR). After this, I advised new york approach I was VFR. He then cleared me to squawk 1200 and go direct to 4n1, greenwood lake airport, where I landed.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF A C172, WHILE VFR, BECAME TRAPPED UNDER A LOW OVCST AND CLBED IN IMC UNTIL REACHING ON TOP VFR CONDITIONS. HE THEN REQUESTED A FLT ASSIST FROM ATC TO GET BACK TO HIS DEPARTING ARPT.
Narrative: I LEFT 4N1 TO PICK UP MY C172 AFTER HAVING XPONDER WORK DONE. CONDITIONS AT THE TIME WERE 2100 FT AND VFR. UPON LEAVING SUSSEX, THE CONDITIONS WERE DETERIORATING. HOWEVER, I THOUGHT I COULD CIRCUMNAV THE WX. WHILE CONTINUING MY FLT AND TRYING DIFFERENT RTES, I FOUND CONDITIONS IMPROVING IN SOME AREAS AND WORSE IN OTHER AREAS. I FOUND MYSELF BEING CLOSED IN BY THE CONDITIONS AND BECAME SURROUNDED BY CLOUDS. I IMMEDIATELY STARTED TO CLB AND CONTACTED NEW YORK APCH CTL FOR ASSISTANCE. I HAD INADVERTENTLY ENTERED IMC. I CLBED THROUGH AND BROKE OUT AT 4200 FT. NEW YORK APCH VECTORED ME TO AN AREA OF RPTED VFR CONDITIONS SO I COULD DSND IN VFR CONDITIONS. UPON SEEING VFR CONDITIONS, I DSNDED BELOW THE CLOUD DECK (VFR). AFTER THIS, I ADVISED NEW YORK APCH I WAS VFR. HE THEN CLRED ME TO SQUAWK 1200 AND GO DIRECT TO 4N1, GREENWOOD LAKE ARPT, WHERE I LANDED.
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.