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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : jfk|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 13|
msl bound upper : 4500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : n90|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport, Low Wing, 2 Recip Eng|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : instrument
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 2800
flight time type : 100
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
I was on a descent when reaching about 4500' MSL. The right engine started to surge. Our destination was frg but rather than taking a chance I elected to make a precautionary landing at jfk. After I made a landing on 22L and taxied off runway, the left engine started running rough and stalled. We taxied to the GA ramp and after shutdown I drained 2 cups of water from the right fuel tank and 2 cups from the left fuel tank. I decided to take on 12 gal of fuel per side and flush out as much as was possible. After we received fuel I drained another cup of water on each side. I believe the problem was that we had water condensation from the descent and rapid change in temperature. I think I made the correct choice.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PRECAUTIONARY LNDG DUE TO ENGINE SURGE ON DESCENT.
Narrative: I WAS ON A DSCNT WHEN REACHING ABOUT 4500' MSL. THE R ENG STARTED TO SURGE. OUR DEST WAS FRG BUT RATHER THAN TAKING A CHANCE I ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LNDG AT JFK. AFTER I MADE A LNDG ON 22L AND TAXIED OFF RWY, THE L ENG STARTED RUNNING ROUGH AND STALLED. WE TAXIED TO THE GA RAMP AND AFTER SHUTDOWN I DRAINED 2 CUPS OF WATER FROM THE R FUEL TANK AND 2 CUPS FROM THE L FUEL TANK. I DECIDED TO TAKE ON 12 GAL OF FUEL PER SIDE AND FLUSH OUT AS MUCH AS WAS POSSIBLE. AFTER WE RECEIVED FUEL I DRAINED ANOTHER CUP OF WATER ON EACH SIDE. I BELIEVE THE PROB WAS THAT WE HAD WATER CONDENSATION FROM THE DSCNT AND RAPID CHANGE IN TEMP. I THINK I MADE THE CORRECT CHOICE.
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.