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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0001 To 0600|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||tower : dfw|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B727-200|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
non adherence : published procedure
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : unspecified|
other flight crewa
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
The aircraft was in for a scheduled maintenance 'a' check at the gate. I was responsible for the engines. It was a routine inspection. But the next night when arriving at work I was told by management that the oil cap for #3 engine was found in the engine cowling. I found this to be strange because I always check and service the engine oil before I open the engine cowling. I feel if I did not install the cap, the cap would be on the highlift not in the engine cowling because I always put the cap on the highlift when servicing the engine oil. I also feel this to be suspicious because 2 weeks before the same thing happened to a mechanic on the same #3 engine. The aircraft was also going to YYY from ZZZ. There was no in-flight shutdown but the engine oil had to be svced.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A B727-200 WAS DISPATCHED WITH THE #3 ENG OIL FILL CAP MISSING INCURRING THE LOSS OF ENG OIL.
Narrative: THE ACFT WAS IN FOR A SCHEDULED MAINT 'A' CHK AT THE GATE. I WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ENGS. IT WAS A ROUTINE INSPECTION. BUT THE NEXT NIGHT WHEN ARRIVING AT WORK I WAS TOLD BY MGMNT THAT THE OIL CAP FOR #3 ENG WAS FOUND IN THE ENG COWLING. I FOUND THIS TO BE STRANGE BECAUSE I ALWAYS CHK AND SVC THE ENG OIL BEFORE I OPEN THE ENG COWLING. I FEEL IF I DID NOT INSTALL THE CAP, THE CAP WOULD BE ON THE HIGHLIFT NOT IN THE ENG COWLING BECAUSE I ALWAYS PUT THE CAP ON THE HIGHLIFT WHEN SVCING THE ENG OIL. I ALSO FEEL THIS TO BE SUSPICIOUS BECAUSE 2 WKS BEFORE THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO A MECH ON THE SAME #3 ENG. THE ACFT WAS ALSO GOING TO YYY FROM ZZZ. THERE WAS NO INFLT SHUTDOWN BUT THE ENG OIL HAD TO BE SVCED.
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.