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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Navigation In Use||other|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
landing : roll
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 380
flight time type : 15
|Function||observation : passenger|
|Anomaly||incursion : landing without clearance|
inflight encounter : weather
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other other : person 4|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : landed as precaution|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was flying to port angeles, wa, from salem, or. About 30 mi southeast of port angeles I (pilot), requested a flight following from approach control. Just before reaching port angeles airport, I requested from the controller (ATC) to verify that port angeles is open for landing and if there was any restrs. The controller said 'there is no restrs' at that airport. About 10 mi away from port angeles, I called in on CTAF. For some reason nobody replied. I asked for traffic check and for landing advisory. Nobody replied again. So I figure I will overfly the airport at 2000 ft and check out what is going on and eventually enter on a 45 degree entry. About 5 mi to airport, I saw lots of airplanes flying over the airport, at various altitudes. It wasn't safe to overfly so I immediately checked my course to the north to get away from them (the airport). At the same time I noticed heavy rain, and low ceilings approaching in my direction. I still could not get in port angeles. So I saw an airport nearby. At the time I didn't realize it was a coast guard airport. So I proceeded for a landing. I landed at the airport and then coast guard contacted me and told me to shutdown the aircraft and to stay in it. They took lots of information about me and my passenger, and eventually let us fly off the airport. As soon as conditions improved we flew back to salem, or. I, as PIC, in that particular situation, thought it was the best choice, for the safety of our flight and others. It was the best course of action and I would not change my decision in that particular position.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: LOW TIME PLT OF SMA LANDS AT NEARBY MIL ARPT WHEN HEMMED IN BY EXCESSIVE TFC AND ENCROACHING WX. INTERVIEWED AND RELEASED BY COAST GUARD SECURITY.
Narrative: I WAS FLYING TO PORT ANGELES, WA, FROM SALEM, OR. ABOUT 30 MI SE OF PORT ANGELES I (PLT), REQUESTED A FLT FOLLOWING FROM APCH CTL. JUST BEFORE REACHING PORT ANGELES ARPT, I REQUESTED FROM THE CTLR (ATC) TO VERIFY THAT PORT ANGELES IS OPEN FOR LNDG AND IF THERE WAS ANY RESTRS. THE CTLR SAID 'THERE IS NO RESTRS' AT THAT ARPT. ABOUT 10 MI AWAY FROM PORT ANGELES, I CALLED IN ON CTAF. FOR SOME REASON NOBODY REPLIED. I ASKED FOR TFC CHK AND FOR LNDG ADVISORY. NOBODY REPLIED AGAIN. SO I FIGURE I WILL OVERFLY THE ARPT AT 2000 FT AND CHK OUT WHAT IS GOING ON AND EVENTUALLY ENTER ON A 45 DEG ENTRY. ABOUT 5 MI TO ARPT, I SAW LOTS OF AIRPLANES FLYING OVER THE ARPT, AT VARIOUS ALTS. IT WASN'T SAFE TO OVERFLY SO I IMMEDIATELY CHKED MY COURSE TO THE N TO GET AWAY FROM THEM (THE ARPT). AT THE SAME TIME I NOTICED HVY RAIN, AND LOW CEILINGS APCHING IN MY DIRECTION. I STILL COULD NOT GET IN PORT ANGELES. SO I SAW AN ARPT NEARBY. AT THE TIME I DIDN'T REALIZE IT WAS A COAST GUARD ARPT. SO I PROCEEDED FOR A LNDG. I LANDED AT THE ARPT AND THEN COAST GUARD CONTACTED ME AND TOLD ME TO SHUTDOWN THE ACFT AND TO STAY IN IT. THEY TOOK LOTS OF INFO ABOUT ME AND MY PAX, AND EVENTUALLY LET US FLY OFF THE ARPT. AS SOON AS CONDITIONS IMPROVED WE FLEW BACK TO SALEM, OR. I, AS PIC, IN THAT PARTICULAR SIT, THOUGHT IT WAS THE BEST CHOICE, FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR FLT AND OTHERS. IT WAS THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION AND I WOULD NOT CHANGE MY DECISION IN THAT PARTICULAR POS.
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.