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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : ztl.artcc|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : ztl.artcc|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||PA-28 Cherokee/Archer II/Dakota/Pillan/Warrior|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : multi engine|
pilot : instrument
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 120|
flight time total : 1067
flight time type : 150
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||controller : provided flight assist|
flight crew : became reoriented
flight crew : landed in emergency condition
flight crew : declared emergency
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
We took off from pgv at XA30 for an IFR flight to 24A, tachson county airport. The flight was planned at 2 1/2 hours en route and it was believed the aircraft had 4 hours fuel on board. The WX was typical summer WX for north carolina -- scattered thunderstorms, cumulus clouds and moderate haze. We had planned to leave greenville at XA30 instead of XB30 so we would arrive at tachson county during daylight hours. We ended up flying around some thunderstorms and stronger headwinds, which added to the flight time. We arrived at jackson county in 3 hours at dusk with minimal fuel. We were in and out of IMC searching for the field. Our inability to find the field and the minimal fuel state prompted me to declare an emergency. The controller with ZTL gave me a vector back to 24A. We then found the runway and descended in for a landing.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A PA28 PLT, FUEL CRITICAL, UNABLE TO LOCATE DEST ARPT. DECLARING AN EMER RECRUITED ATC'S HELP WITH VECTORS TO DEST RWY.
Narrative: WE TOOK OFF FROM PGV AT XA30 FOR AN IFR FLT TO 24A, TACHSON COUNTY ARPT. THE FLT WAS PLANNED AT 2 1/2 HRS ENRTE AND IT WAS BELIEVED THE ACFT HAD 4 HRS FUEL ON BOARD. THE WX WAS TYPICAL SUMMER WX FOR NORTH CAROLINA -- SCATTERED TSTMS, CUMULUS CLOUDS AND MODERATE HAZE. WE HAD PLANNED TO LEAVE GREENVILLE AT XA30 INSTEAD OF XB30 SO WE WOULD ARRIVE AT TACHSON COUNTY DURING DAYLIGHT HRS. WE ENDED UP FLYING AROUND SOME TSTMS AND STRONGER HEADWINDS, WHICH ADDED TO THE FLT TIME. WE ARRIVED AT JACKSON COUNTY IN 3 HRS AT DUSK WITH MINIMAL FUEL. WE WERE IN AND OUT OF IMC SEARCHING FOR THE FIELD. OUR INABILITY TO FIND THE FIELD AND THE MINIMAL FUEL STATE PROMPTED ME TO DECLARE AN EMER. THE CTLR WITH ZTL GAVE ME A VECTOR BACK TO 24A. WE THEN FOUND THE RWY AND DSNDED IN FOR A LNDG.
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.