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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : mdw|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 3000|
msl bound upper : 4000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : ord|
tower : mdw
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport, Low Wing, 2 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Route In Use||departure sid : sid|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 9900
flight time type : 1300
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : ground|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||altitude deviation : overshoot|
non adherence : clearance
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : returned to intended course or assigned course|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Flight was from mdw to dupage airport. Clearance was received as filed including mdw 3 departure SID. Mdw 3 includes maintain 3000' after departure. Ground control cleared us to runway 4L with new departure frequency. Both the cocapt and myself understood 'maintain 4000'.' I questioned the clearance to taxi to runway 4L which would mean crossing an active runway. Ground control acknowledged runway 4R instead of runway 4L. After takeoff we contacted departure. We were told wrong frequency, should be on xxxxx. We switched to what we felt should have been the proper frequency also given by clearance del. Meanwhile, we were climbing to 4000'. At 3800' departure requested our altitude. He was advised 3800' climbing to 4000' as cleared. Departure asked us to descend immediately to 3000' and that he would contact mdw to determine why 4000' was assigned. We also contacted mdw and were advised the clearance was to maintain 3000' as per the SID but expect 4000'. After numerous phone calls to mdw we failed to get anyone to listen to the tape. 5/88, manager ord ATC tower issued a letter to airmen blaming them for serious situations caused by some pilots. His main subject was wrong frequencys (copy of letter enclosed). The cocapt and I recognized the wrong runway assignment. We utilized the wrong given frequency after takeoff and climbed into a potentially dangerous situation. Lessons to be learned: pay close attention to clrncs, question unusual clrncs that deviate from a given SID, pilots and controllers can make mistake, and last and certainly the main concern is be alert!
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: CPR SMT ALT DEVIATION OVERSHOT AND FREQ CHANGE WRONG LEAVING MDW.
Narrative: FLT WAS FROM MDW TO DUPAGE ARPT. CLRNC WAS RECEIVED AS FILED INCLUDING MDW 3 DEP SID. MDW 3 INCLUDES MAINTAIN 3000' AFTER DEP. GND CTL CLRED US TO RWY 4L WITH NEW DEP FREQ. BOTH THE COCAPT AND MYSELF UNDERSTOOD 'MAINTAIN 4000'.' I QUESTIONED THE CLRNC TO TAXI TO RWY 4L WHICH WOULD MEAN XING AN ACTIVE RWY. GND CTL ACKNOWLEDGED RWY 4R INSTEAD OF RWY 4L. AFTER TKOF WE CONTACTED DEP. WE WERE TOLD WRONG FREQ, SHOULD BE ON XXXXX. WE SWITCHED TO WHAT WE FELT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE PROPER FREQ ALSO GIVEN BY CLRNC DEL. MEANWHILE, WE WERE CLBING TO 4000'. AT 3800' DEP REQUESTED OUR ALT. HE WAS ADVISED 3800' CLBING TO 4000' AS CLRED. DEP ASKED US TO DSND IMMEDIATELY TO 3000' AND THAT HE WOULD CONTACT MDW TO DETERMINE WHY 4000' WAS ASSIGNED. WE ALSO CONTACTED MDW AND WERE ADVISED THE CLRNC WAS TO MAINTAIN 3000' AS PER THE SID BUT EXPECT 4000'. AFTER NUMEROUS PHONE CALLS TO MDW WE FAILED TO GET ANYONE TO LISTEN TO THE TAPE. 5/88, MGR ORD ATC TWR ISSUED A LETTER TO AIRMEN BLAMING THEM FOR SERIOUS SITUATIONS CAUSED BY SOME PLTS. HIS MAIN SUBJECT WAS WRONG FREQS (COPY OF LETTER ENCLOSED). THE COCAPT AND I RECOGNIZED THE WRONG RWY ASSIGNMENT. WE UTILIZED THE WRONG GIVEN FREQ AFTER TKOF AND CLBED INTO A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. LESSONS TO BE LEARNED: PAY CLOSE ATTN TO CLRNCS, QUESTION UNUSUAL CLRNCS THAT DEVIATE FROM A GIVEN SID, PLTS AND CTLRS CAN MAKE MISTAKE, AND LAST AND CERTAINLY THE MAIN CONCERN IS BE ALERT!
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.