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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : day|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Jetstream 31|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 135|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight attendant : on duty|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other other : unspecified
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
I was traveling home to detroit. I took a major airline from dca to day and then I was scheduled to take a commuter flight departing from day to detroit. I boarded the aircraft, and was sitting at xx, a window exit on aircraft right. I picked up the emergency card, and remember reading that the aircraft was a jetstream 31. The cockpit made the emergency announcements, because no flight attendant was on board. We were at the end of the runway and ready for takeoff when I heard 4 loud beep-beep signals from the cockpit. I became alert, because it sounded like an instrumentation warning signal. The aircraft was moving, and then there was a loud bang, and I looked in the direction of the sound, and saw smoke coming from the left engine, and then fire. Upon seeing the fire, I pulled the right window exit, called out 'engine fire' to the cockpit, because the engines were still running and I did not know if the cockpit knew that the left engine was on fire. (There was only a drape separating the cockpit from the cabin, and this drape was open, so I was sure that the cockpit could hear me.) the cockpit did not do or say anything to initiate an evacuate/evacuation. I could still see fire on the left engine, so I went out on the wing of the aircraft -- because there was not enough room inside the cabin for me to assist inside at the window -- and I called to the passenger to come out the window onto the wing where I squatted with my arm extended to help them through the window. I helped the first 2 passenger to get off the wing onto the ground - - I did not see any slide or ladder for assistance -- and I instructed these 2 passenger to stay by the wing to help the other passenger get down. When I thought all of the passenger were out, I called out to the cockpit, who were inside the cabin, 'are all the passenger out?' they responded, 'yes.' on the ground the cockpit asked if everyone was alright, and I responded, yes. Then the cockpit instructed the passenger to move away from the aircraft, and stay together. I also saw that this was done. The fire trucks came, the police, and ambulance, but thankfully, to my knowledge, no one was hurt. I observed that a burned object was lying some distance (approximately 12 ft) behind the aircraft where we had taxied out. A bus took us to the terminal. No one from the commuter airline questioned me or asked me, or any of the other passenger, anything. The passenger later told me that they saw the fire, and they knew they had to do something, but that they froze. They said that they did not know I was a flight attendant, because I was traveling in a business suit, but they followed my instructions, because I appeared confident, and they knew they had to get out of the aircraft. I am concerned that there are no flight attendants on board this aircraft, and that the cockpit did not give any instructions to the passenger for evacuate/evacuation. What are the proper emergency procedures for this aircraft? Thanking you in advance for your response.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: WHILE TRAVELING AS A NON REVENUE PAX ON A BA31, A FLT ATTENDANT NOTICED THAN AN ENG WAS ON FIRE, YELLED 'ENG FIRE,' AND THEN EVACED THE ACFT WITHOUT ANY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FROM THE COCKPIT. AFTER EXITING THE ACFT WITH THE PAX, THE FLT ATTENDANT SAW A BURNED OBJECT LYING ON THE TXWY BEHIND THE ACFT. THE RPTR (FLT ATTENDANT) QUESTIONS FLC PROCS REGARDING PAX EVAC.
Narrative: I WAS TRAVELING HOME TO DETROIT. I TOOK A MAJOR AIRLINE FROM DCA TO DAY AND THEN I WAS SCHEDULED TO TAKE A COMMUTER FLT DEPARTING FROM DAY TO DETROIT. I BOARDED THE ACFT, AND WAS SITTING AT XX, A WINDOW EXIT ON ACFT R. I PICKED UP THE EMER CARD, AND REMEMBER READING THAT THE ACFT WAS A JETSTREAM 31. THE COCKPIT MADE THE EMER ANNOUNCEMENTS, BECAUSE NO FLT ATTENDANT WAS ON BOARD. WE WERE AT THE END OF THE RWY AND READY FOR TKOF WHEN I HEARD 4 LOUD BEEP-BEEP SIGNALS FROM THE COCKPIT. I BECAME ALERT, BECAUSE IT SOUNDED LIKE AN INSTRUMENTATION WARNING SIGNAL. THE ACFT WAS MOVING, AND THEN THERE WAS A LOUD BANG, AND I LOOKED IN THE DIRECTION OF THE SOUND, AND SAW SMOKE COMING FROM THE L ENG, AND THEN FIRE. UPON SEEING THE FIRE, I PULLED THE R WINDOW EXIT, CALLED OUT 'ENG FIRE' TO THE COCKPIT, BECAUSE THE ENGS WERE STILL RUNNING AND I DID NOT KNOW IF THE COCKPIT KNEW THAT THE L ENG WAS ON FIRE. (THERE WAS ONLY A DRAPE SEPARATING THE COCKPIT FROM THE CABIN, AND THIS DRAPE WAS OPEN, SO I WAS SURE THAT THE COCKPIT COULD HEAR ME.) THE COCKPIT DID NOT DO OR SAY ANYTHING TO INITIATE AN EVAC. I COULD STILL SEE FIRE ON THE L ENG, SO I WENT OUT ON THE WING OF THE ACFT -- BECAUSE THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH ROOM INSIDE THE CABIN FOR ME TO ASSIST INSIDE AT THE WINDOW -- AND I CALLED TO THE PAX TO COME OUT THE WINDOW ONTO THE WING WHERE I SQUATTED WITH MY ARM EXTENDED TO HELP THEM THROUGH THE WINDOW. I HELPED THE FIRST 2 PAX TO GET OFF THE WING ONTO THE GND - - I DID NOT SEE ANY SLIDE OR LADDER FOR ASSISTANCE -- AND I INSTRUCTED THESE 2 PAX TO STAY BY THE WING TO HELP THE OTHER PAX GET DOWN. WHEN I THOUGHT ALL OF THE PAX WERE OUT, I CALLED OUT TO THE COCKPIT, WHO WERE INSIDE THE CABIN, 'ARE ALL THE PAX OUT?' THEY RESPONDED, 'YES.' ON THE GND THE COCKPIT ASKED IF EVERYONE WAS ALRIGHT, AND I RESPONDED, YES. THEN THE COCKPIT INSTRUCTED THE PAX TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE ACFT, AND STAY TOGETHER. I ALSO SAW THAT THIS WAS DONE. THE FIRE TRUCKS CAME, THE POLICE, AND AMBULANCE, BUT THANKFULLY, TO MY KNOWLEDGE, NO ONE WAS HURT. I OBSERVED THAT A BURNED OBJECT WAS LYING SOME DISTANCE (APPROX 12 FT) BEHIND THE ACFT WHERE WE HAD TAXIED OUT. A BUS TOOK US TO THE TERMINAL. NO ONE FROM THE COMMUTER AIRLINE QUESTIONED ME OR ASKED ME, OR ANY OF THE OTHER PAX, ANYTHING. THE PAX LATER TOLD ME THAT THEY SAW THE FIRE, AND THEY KNEW THEY HAD TO DO SOMETHING, BUT THAT THEY FROZE. THEY SAID THAT THEY DID NOT KNOW I WAS A FLT ATTENDANT, BECAUSE I WAS TRAVELING IN A BUSINESS SUIT, BUT THEY FOLLOWED MY INSTRUCTIONS, BECAUSE I APPEARED CONFIDENT, AND THEY KNEW THEY HAD TO GET OUT OF THE ACFT. I AM CONCERNED THAT THERE ARE NO FLT ATTENDANTS ON BOARD THIS ACFT, AND THAT THE COCKPIT DID NOT GIVE ANY INSTRUCTIONS TO THE PAX FOR EVAC. WHAT ARE THE PROPER EMER PROCS FOR THIS ACFT? THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR RESPONSE.
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.