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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : phx|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 29000|
msl bound upper : 35000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zab|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Medium Large Transport, Low Wing, 2 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 240|
flight time total : 8000
flight time type : 5000
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||altitude deviation : excursion from assigned altitude|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
|Primary Problem||ATC Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Operational Deviation|
Was told to descend to FL240 by center. We were approximately 150 mi from phx and such a descent is very early in a normal profile. I told first officer to question, or repeat, which abq center did. We then began our descent from FL350, and passing FL280 were asked what our altitude was and told to level immediately at FL290. Center said clearance was for another company aircraft and not us. They also said not to worry about it, just a little mix up--ha! I guess I should have questioned the early descent more, but once should have been enough.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ARTCC ISSUED CLRNC TO WRONG ACFT AND CORRECTED THE ERROR AFTER THE ACFT HAD DESCENDED 7000'.
Narrative: WAS TOLD TO DSND TO FL240 BY CENTER. WE WERE APPROX 150 MI FROM PHX AND SUCH A DSCNT IS VERY EARLY IN A NORMAL PROFILE. I TOLD F/O TO QUESTION, OR REPEAT, WHICH ABQ CENTER DID. WE THEN BEGAN OUR DSCNT FROM FL350, AND PASSING FL280 WERE ASKED WHAT OUR ALT WAS AND TOLD TO LEVEL IMMEDIATELY AT FL290. CENTER SAID CLRNC WAS FOR ANOTHER COMPANY ACFT AND NOT US. THEY ALSO SAID NOT TO WORRY ABOUT IT, JUST A LITTLE MIX UP--HA! I GUESS I SHOULD HAVE QUESTIONED THE EARLY DSCNT MORE, BUT ONCE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 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.