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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : zzz.artcc|
|Altitude||msl single value : 36000|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zzz.artcc|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B757-200|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Navigation In Use||other|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Route In Use||enroute : atlantic|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Anomaly||altitude deviation : excursion from assigned altitude|
inflight encounter : weather
non adherence : clearance
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
flight crew : took precautionary avoidance action
|Problem Areas||ATC Human Performance|
Approaching en route fix northbound; we painted a line of WX over 200 NM long for which a SIGMET had already been issued. It extended over 100 NM either side of course. The tops of the thunderstorms were growing. Previous aircraft reported tops near FL340 about 30 mins prior. Just to ensure that we had an alternative plan other than to plow through it; we requested; via HF from ATC; either deviation left or right 100 NM or a climb to a higher altitude. The only clearance that ATC would give us was to deviate 20 NM right of course. That ended up not being a valid alternative. As we approached the storm system; it appeared we would be unable to top the storms at the altitude we were at; which was FL360. We broadcasted in the blind on guard and climbed to FL375. We were able to top the WX by no more than 1000 ft. Lightning had appeared to exit the clouds in this system upwards vertically. The system was only about 10 mi across. We descended back to our original clearance of FL360 after only being at FL375 for approximately 2 mins. This is the second time in about 2 yrs that WX has built in this same area and ATC has been unable to assist as far as providing deviation clearance. Both times we have had to deviate from a clearance exercising captain's emergency authority/authorized.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B757-200 FLT CREW WAS UNABLE TO OBTAIN CLRNC TO DEVIATE AROUND TSTM IN OCEANIC AIRSPACE. FLT CREW DECLARED AN EMER AND INITIATED CLIMB TO AVOID THE WX.
Narrative: APCHING ENRTE FIX NBOUND; WE PAINTED A LINE OF WX OVER 200 NM LONG FOR WHICH A SIGMET HAD ALREADY BEEN ISSUED. IT EXTENDED OVER 100 NM EITHER SIDE OF COURSE. THE TOPS OF THE TSTMS WERE GROWING. PREVIOUS ACFT RPTED TOPS NEAR FL340 ABOUT 30 MINS PRIOR. JUST TO ENSURE THAT WE HAD AN ALTERNATIVE PLAN OTHER THAN TO PLOW THROUGH IT; WE REQUESTED; VIA HF FROM ATC; EITHER DEV L OR R 100 NM OR A CLB TO A HIGHER ALT. THE ONLY CLRNC THAT ATC WOULD GIVE US WAS TO DEVIATE 20 NM R OF COURSE. THAT ENDED UP NOT BEING A VALID ALTERNATIVE. AS WE APCHED THE STORM SYS; IT APPEARED WE WOULD BE UNABLE TO TOP THE STORMS AT THE ALT WE WERE AT; WHICH WAS FL360. WE BROADCASTED IN THE BLIND ON GUARD AND CLBED TO FL375. WE WERE ABLE TO TOP THE WX BY NO MORE THAN 1000 FT. LIGHTNING HAD APPEARED TO EXIT THE CLOUDS IN THIS SYS UPWARDS VERTICALLY. THE SYS WAS ONLY ABOUT 10 MI ACROSS. WE DSNDED BACK TO OUR ORIGINAL CLRNC OF FL360 AFTER ONLY BEING AT FL375 FOR APPROX 2 MINS. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME IN ABOUT 2 YRS THAT WX HAS BUILT IN THIS SAME AREA AND ATC HAS BEEN UNABLE TO ASSIST AS FAR AS PROVIDING DEV CLRNC. BOTH TIMES WE HAVE HAD TO DEVIATE FROM A CLRNC EXERCISING CAPT'S EMER AUTH.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of May 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.