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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : dca|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B727 Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||landing other|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 14000
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time total : 16000|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
I was copilot of a crew assigned to ferry an empty aircraft from lga to dca. We boarded the aircraft from the rear airstair. The cabin appeared secure walking to the cockpit. All preflight duties were accomplished. Flight was normal and uneventful. At the completion of the landing roll at dca (speed less than 30 KTS) a loud crash was heard and the cockpit door swung open into the cockpit (the wrong direction). It was immediately ascertained that a beverage cart had somehow gotten loose and on deceleration of the aircraft had impacted the cockpit door with enough force to partially knock the door off its hinges. No injuries resulted and we taxied to the gate. I cannot say how this occurred since the cabin was checked and secured prior to departure. The only possible explanation is that one of the handle locks that retain the catering carts was loose, and during light to moderate turbulence which was experienced on this flight, was displaced from the latched position. Supplemental information from acn 332293: the so did his preflight and noted the cabin was secure. He also went to the cabin during the flight and did not see anything amiss. The moving cart is a mystery. After landing and examining the cabin we found all the carts in the forward galley stowed properly. Explanation: a cart from the rear galley slowly made its way down the aisle and crashed into door when the brakes were applied. Remedy: someone must be assigned to make certain that galleys are secure. Supplemental information from acn 332281: the aircraft we were to ferry had gotten back late from a charter and was parked off our gates, down at the blast fence. Since the aircraft had returned late it was not decatered. I think that the lack of flight attendants, who would normally double-check carts, and the fact that we were on a hurry-up ferry flight both contributed to the situation.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A CABIN BEVERAGE CART STRUCK AND DAMAGED THE COCKPIT DOOR OF A B727 DURING LNDG AFTER A FERRY FLT. THE FLC HAD PREFLTED THE CABIN AREA PRIOR TO DEP, BUT DID NOT NOTICE AN UNSECURED CART. THE CART HAD TRAVELED FROM THE REAR GALLEY FORWARD.
Narrative: I WAS COPLT OF A CREW ASSIGNED TO FERRY AN EMPTY ACFT FROM LGA TO DCA. WE BOARDED THE ACFT FROM THE REAR AIRSTAIR. THE CABIN APPEARED SECURE WALKING TO THE COCKPIT. ALL PREFLT DUTIES WERE ACCOMPLISHED. FLT WAS NORMAL AND UNEVENTFUL. AT THE COMPLETION OF THE LNDG ROLL AT DCA (SPD LESS THAN 30 KTS) A LOUD CRASH WAS HEARD AND THE COCKPIT DOOR SWUNG OPEN INTO THE COCKPIT (THE WRONG DIRECTION). IT WAS IMMEDIATELY ASCERTAINED THAT A BEVERAGE CART HAD SOMEHOW GOTTEN LOOSE AND ON DECELERATION OF THE ACFT HAD IMPACTED THE COCKPIT DOOR WITH ENOUGH FORCE TO PARTIALLY KNOCK THE DOOR OFF ITS HINGES. NO INJURIES RESULTED AND WE TAXIED TO THE GATE. I CANNOT SAY HOW THIS OCCURRED SINCE THE CABIN WAS CHKED AND SECURED PRIOR TO DEP. THE ONLY POSSIBLE EXPLANATION IS THAT ONE OF THE HANDLE LOCKS THAT RETAIN THE CATERING CARTS WAS LOOSE, AND DURING LIGHT TO MODERATE TURB WHICH WAS EXPERIENCED ON THIS FLT, WAS DISPLACED FROM THE LATCHED POS. SUPPLEMENTAL INFO FROM ACN 332293: THE SO DID HIS PREFLT AND NOTED THE CABIN WAS SECURE. HE ALSO WENT TO THE CABIN DURING THE FLT AND DID NOT SEE ANYTHING AMISS. THE MOVING CART IS A MYSTERY. AFTER LNDG AND EXAMINING THE CABIN WE FOUND ALL THE CARTS IN THE FORWARD GALLEY STOWED PROPERLY. EXPLANATION: A CART FROM THE REAR GALLEY SLOWLY MADE ITS WAY DOWN THE AISLE AND CRASHED INTO DOOR WHEN THE BRAKES WERE APPLIED. REMEDY: SOMEONE MUST BE ASSIGNED TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT GALLEYS ARE SECURE. SUPPLEMENTAL INFO FROM ACN 332281: THE ACFT WE WERE TO FERRY HAD GOTTEN BACK LATE FROM A CHARTER AND WAS PARKED OFF OUR GATES, DOWN AT THE BLAST FENCE. SINCE THE ACFT HAD RETURNED LATE IT WAS NOT DECATERED. I THINK THAT THE LACK OF FLT ATTENDANTS, WHO WOULD NORMALLY DOUBLE-CHK CARTS, AND THE FACT THAT WE WERE ON A HURRY-UP FERRY FLT BOTH CONTRIBUTED TO THE SIT.
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.