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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : mia|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||tower : pit|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Light Transport, High Wing, 2 Turboprop Eng|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 1500
flight time type : 250
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
non adherence other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
The captain advised and directed me to order 'full fuel' for our aircraft. He further stated that 1750 pounds per side would be sufficient. I ordered fuel from the fueler, and specified full fuel. The capacity of the tanks was 3800 pounds. While the fueler was filling the tanks he advised me that to his knowledge the aircraft could only take 1750 pounds per side before it overflowed out the fuel dump valve. I told him to continue to 1800 pounds per side after stopping at around 1700 pounds a side. He continued, and approximately 3 gallons of fuel spilled out the dump valve. At the first sign of fuel coming out of the dump valve, I told him to stop. The fuel was in a puddle on the right side of the aircraft. The flight to be flown was a deadhead with no passenger. We started the left engine, and taxied on 1 engine until well clear of the ramp, and then started the right engine. The flight terminated without incident. There was no action to my knowledge taken. The crew, including myself, were tired and I did not realize that the fuel would overflow at that setting. The fuel was pumped at 45 psi and it should have been lowered to 5-10 psi after reaching 1700 pounds per side. This particular fuel truck did not have any setting other than 45 psi. The fueler was mad and said he was going to file an incident report. This was only learned by myself later in the day after talking to one of the other pilots who remained after our plane disembarked.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: FO IGNORES FUELER'S ADVICE WHICH RESULTS IN A FUEL SPILL ON THE RAMP.
Narrative: THE CAPT ADVISED AND DIRECTED ME TO ORDER 'FULL FUEL' FOR OUR ACFT. HE FURTHER STATED THAT 1750 LBS PER SIDE WOULD BE SUFFICIENT. I ORDERED FUEL FROM THE FUELER, AND SPECIFIED FULL FUEL. THE CAPACITY OF THE TANKS WAS 3800 LBS. WHILE THE FUELER WAS FILLING THE TANKS HE ADVISED ME THAT TO HIS KNOWLEDGE THE ACFT COULD ONLY TAKE 1750 LBS PER SIDE BEFORE IT OVERFLOWED OUT THE FUEL DUMP VALVE. I TOLD HIM TO CONTINUE TO 1800 LBS PER SIDE AFTER STOPPING AT AROUND 1700 LBS A SIDE. HE CONTINUED, AND APPROX 3 GALLONS OF FUEL SPILLED OUT THE DUMP VALVE. AT THE FIRST SIGN OF FUEL COMING OUT OF THE DUMP VALVE, I TOLD HIM TO STOP. THE FUEL WAS IN A PUDDLE ON THE R SIDE OF THE ACFT. THE FLT TO BE FLOWN WAS A DEADHEAD WITH NO PAX. WE STARTED THE L ENG, AND TAXIED ON 1 ENG UNTIL WELL CLR OF THE RAMP, AND THEN STARTED THE R ENG. THE FLT TERMINATED WITHOUT INCIDENT. THERE WAS NO ACTION TO MY KNOWLEDGE TAKEN. THE CREW, INCLUDING MYSELF, WERE TIRED AND I DID NOT REALIZE THAT THE FUEL WOULD OVERFLOW AT THAT SETTING. THE FUEL WAS PUMPED AT 45 PSI AND IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN LOWERED TO 5-10 PSI AFTER REACHING 1700 LBS PER SIDE. THIS PARTICULAR FUEL TRUCK DID NOT HAVE ANY SETTING OTHER THAN 45 PSI. THE FUELER WAS MAD AND SAID HE WAS GOING TO FILE AN INCIDENT RPT. THIS WAS ONLY LEARNED BY MYSELF LATER IN THE DAY AFTER TALKING TO ONE OF THE OTHER PLTS WHO REMAINED AFTER OUR PLANE DISEMBARKED.
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.