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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : mbt|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
ground : preflight
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 60|
flight time total : 8700
flight time type : 60
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Preflted aircraft, all was well. Checked fuel caps specifically (6 of them) because fellow that fueled aircraft the night before is less than responsible. I always pressurize tip tanks and check for fuel coming out. This day I didn't pressurize tanks because I had just visually checked the caps. Took off only to hear 2-3 people radio to me I was streaming fuel from left tip. Came around and landed. Secured cap and departed again. Lost about 10 gals maximum, most of which was on the ground. Some lost in the air. Check, but double-check. Always a first, embarrassed. Lesson to last a long time.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMT DEPARTS WITH LOOSE CAP ON PRESSURIZED TIP TANK. RETURN, LAND.
Narrative: PREFLTED ACFT, ALL WAS WELL. CHKED FUEL CAPS SPECIFICALLY (6 OF THEM) BECAUSE FELLOW THAT FUELED ACFT THE NIGHT BEFORE IS LESS THAN RESPONSIBLE. I ALWAYS PRESSURIZE TIP TANKS AND CHK FOR FUEL COMING OUT. THIS DAY I DIDN'T PRESSURIZE TANKS BECAUSE I HAD JUST VISUALLY CHKED THE CAPS. TOOK OFF ONLY TO HEAR 2-3 PEOPLE RADIO TO ME I WAS STREAMING FUEL FROM LEFT TIP. CAME AROUND AND LANDED. SECURED CAP AND DEPARTED AGAIN. LOST ABOUT 10 GALS MAX, MOST OF WHICH WAS ON THE GND. SOME LOST IN THE AIR. CHK, BUT DOUBLE-CHK. ALWAYS A FIRST, EMBARRASSED. LESSON TO LAST A LONG TIME.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 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.