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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : pwm|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Cessna 402/402C/B379 Businessliner/Utiliner|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
ground : preflight
ground other : taxi
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
other personnel other
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
non adherence : published procedure
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
The event concerns the delivery of a C402A from portland, me, to ft lauderdale, fl. Preflight inspection and checks revealed no major flaws and the resident mechanic proposed the aircraft to be airworthy and ready for delivery. The annual showed to be 4 months old. Documents presented supposedly contained all the necessary paperwork. The aircraft was prepared for departure with the required fuel. No problems were noted on the pre-departure run-up. Upon departure it was noted the engines were running roughly and the power settings would not stabilize. Normal procedure would have been to return to the airfield and have the items checked. I was under pressure to deliver the aircraft and opted to continue. I stopped in portland due to WX and made some visual checks but could not determine what the problems were. I continued the flight to norfolk, va, and still the problems continued. Under further pressure to continue to jacksonville, fl, and on to ft lauderdale, fl. Upon landing in ft lauderdale I found the propeller spinner on the right engine cracked with a large piece missing. I also found the paperwork contained no airworthiness certificate. I feel these problems could have been avoided and safety better served by not yielding to pressure to deliver an aircraft and by more thorough paperwork and preflight checks. I shall endeavor to do both of these things in the future.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: COMMERCIAL PLT TAKES DELIVERY OF A C402 FOR FLT TO FLORIDA. HE FAILS TO CHK ALL THE PAPERWORK, ACCEPTS THE POORLY RUNNING ENGS AND FLIES THE ACFT WITH MULTIPLE STOPS TO DEST ARPT, FLL. ON ARR HE FINDS THAT THE PROP SPINNER IS CRACKED AND THERE IS NO AIRWORTHINESS CERTIFICATE FOR THE ACFT. HE ADMITS TO BEING UNDER PRESSURE TO DELIVER THE ACFT.
Narrative: THE EVENT CONCERNS THE DELIVERY OF A C402A FROM PORTLAND, ME, TO FT LAUDERDALE, FL. PREFLT INSPECTION AND CHKS REVEALED NO MAJOR FLAWS AND THE RESIDENT MECH PROPOSED THE ACFT TO BE AIRWORTHY AND READY FOR DELIVERY. THE ANNUAL SHOWED TO BE 4 MONTHS OLD. DOCUMENTS PRESENTED SUPPOSEDLY CONTAINED ALL THE NECESSARY PAPERWORK. THE ACFT WAS PREPARED FOR DEP WITH THE REQUIRED FUEL. NO PROBS WERE NOTED ON THE PRE-DEP RUN-UP. UPON DEP IT WAS NOTED THE ENGS WERE RUNNING ROUGHLY AND THE PWR SETTINGS WOULD NOT STABILIZE. NORMAL PROC WOULD HAVE BEEN TO RETURN TO THE AIRFIELD AND HAVE THE ITEMS CHKED. I WAS UNDER PRESSURE TO DELIVER THE ACFT AND OPTED TO CONTINUE. I STOPPED IN PORTLAND DUE TO WX AND MADE SOME VISUAL CHKS BUT COULD NOT DETERMINE WHAT THE PROBS WERE. I CONTINUED THE FLT TO NORFOLK, VA, AND STILL THE PROBS CONTINUED. UNDER FURTHER PRESSURE TO CONTINUE TO JACKSONVILLE, FL, AND ON TO FT LAUDERDALE, FL. UPON LNDG IN FT LAUDERDALE I FOUND THE PROP SPINNER ON THE R ENG CRACKED WITH A LARGE PIECE MISSING. I ALSO FOUND THE PAPERWORK CONTAINED NO AIRWORTHINESS CERTIFICATE. I FEEL THESE PROBS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED AND SAFETY BETTER SERVED BY NOT YIELDING TO PRESSURE TO DELIVER AN ACFT AND BY MORE THOROUGH PAPERWORK AND PREFLT CHKS. I SHALL ENDEAVOR TO DO BOTH OF THESE THINGS IN THE FUTURE.
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.