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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : lvt|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 8000|
msl bound upper : 8000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zid|
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport, Low Wing, 2 Recip Eng|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 40|
flight time total : 7400
flight time type : 250
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
flight crew : overcame equipment problem
flight crew : declared emergency
none taken : unable
On an IFR flight from greenville, sc, to saint louis, mo, we experienced a fuel flow fluctuation on the left engine. I asked center for a vector to the nearest airport. Center said the nearest airport was bowling green, ky, at 12 O'clock and 42 mi. I looked at my map and saw that livingston, in, airport was behind us and only 12 mi with a 4000' runway. Also, we would have a 40 KT tailwind going toward livingston airport. I informed center that we would go to livingston and center approved the turn. While making the left turn center cleared us to 7000'. We made a normal approach and landing. A mechanic came out to check our engine and found a fuel line which had recently been replaced had not been tightened down and had vibrated to the point of coming off. Engine failure or fire was imminent. I think fuel and oil lines should be safety wired as they are in the military.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ENGINE FUEL FLOW BEGAN TO FLUCTUATE DUE TO FUEL LINE IMPROPERLY TIGHTENED DURING INSTALLATION.
Narrative: ON AN IFR FLT FROM GREENVILLE, SC, TO SAINT LOUIS, MO, WE EXPERIENCED A FUEL FLOW FLUCTUATION ON THE LEFT ENG. I ASKED CENTER FOR A VECTOR TO THE NEAREST ARPT. CENTER SAID THE NEAREST ARPT WAS BOWLING GREEN, KY, AT 12 O'CLOCK AND 42 MI. I LOOKED AT MY MAP AND SAW THAT LIVINGSTON, IN, ARPT WAS BEHIND US AND ONLY 12 MI WITH A 4000' RWY. ALSO, WE WOULD HAVE A 40 KT TAILWIND GOING TOWARD LIVINGSTON ARPT. I INFORMED CENTER THAT WE WOULD GO TO LIVINGSTON AND CENTER APPROVED THE TURN. WHILE MAKING THE LEFT TURN CENTER CLRED US TO 7000'. WE MADE A NORMAL APCH AND LNDG. A MECH CAME OUT TO CHK OUR ENG AND FOUND A FUEL LINE WHICH HAD RECENTLY BEEN REPLACED HAD NOT BEEN TIGHTENED DOWN AND HAD VIBRATED TO THE POINT OF COMING OFF. ENG FAILURE OR FIRE WAS IMMINENT. I THINK FUEL AND OIL LINES SHOULD BE SAFETY WIRED AS THEY ARE IN THE MIL.
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.