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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : spb.airport|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zse.artcc|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Skyhawk 172/Cutlass 172|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 4|
flight time total : 152.7
flight time type : 4
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||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 : diverted to another airport
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
ATC Human Performance
I was flying from hillsboro; or; to auburn; wa. Just prior to departing I had requested a WX brief and filed a flight plan. The brief I received indicated that conditions from hillsboro to seattle/auburn were IFR. At around the scappoose area; the clouds seemed to be at or below 1000 ft. I thought this would be too low to fly so I saw what appeared to be an open patch of clear sky. I found myself in total IFR conditions. I thought I could climb out of it; but couldn't. After 7-8 mins I dialed up ZSE and asked for help. ZSE was able to guide me to the kelso airport where I safely landed.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: LOW TIME C172 PRIVATE PLT WITHOUT INSTRUMENT RATING FLIES INTO IMC WEATHER WHILE ENROUTE IN MARGINAL WEATHER. LANDS SAFELY FOLLOWING ATC ASSISTANCE.
Narrative: I WAS FLYING FROM HILLSBORO; OR; TO AUBURN; WA. JUST PRIOR TO DEPARTING I HAD REQUESTED A WX BRIEF AND FILED A FLT PLAN. THE BRIEF I RECEIVED INDICATED THAT CONDITIONS FROM HILLSBORO TO SEATTLE/AUBURN WERE IFR. AT AROUND THE SCAPPOOSE AREA; THE CLOUDS SEEMED TO BE AT OR BELOW 1000 FT. I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE TOO LOW TO FLY SO I SAW WHAT APPEARED TO BE AN OPEN PATCH OF CLR SKY. I FOUND MYSELF IN TOTAL IFR CONDITIONS. I THOUGHT I COULD CLB OUT OF IT; BUT COULDN'T. AFTER 7-8 MINS I DIALED UP ZSE AND ASKED FOR HELP. ZSE WAS ABLE TO GUIDE ME TO THE KELSO ARPT WHERE I SAFELY LANDED.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 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.