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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : dfw|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 2500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : dfw|
tower : dfw
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B757-200|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Navigation In Use||Other |
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
landing : go around
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : unspecified|
other flight crewa
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
On approach to dfw, runway 35C. When gear lowered there was no green light for left main landing gear. Executed missed approach. First officer was PF and I directed he continue to fly and talk to ATC while I troubleshot as per briefing. Press to test of warning/caution lights indicated that the left gear indicator was inoperative. Attempted to change bulbs but was unable to do so. Declared emergency with ATC, then contacted dispatch for phone patch to technician. Technician advised it almost impossible to change gear indicator bulbs in-flight. They were correct. Executed abnormal procedure in operations manual and performed low approach/fly-by for tower to look at gear. Tower advised gear appeared down and locked. I assumed control of aircraft and turned downwind for visual approach back to runway 35C. Approach uneventful and executed minimum rate of descent landing on runway 35C, cleared at high speed and had gear pinned by maintenance. Uneventful taxi in. Excellent job by dfw TRACON, dfw crash fire rescue equipment, and my first officer who performed superbly throughout. So can someone tell me why boeing designed a plane where the gear lights cannot be relamped in-flight.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A B737 CREW DECLARES AN EMER FOR A LOW FLY-BY WHEN THEY ARE UNABLE TO CHANGE THE L GEAR INDICATION LIGHT BULB. MAINT HAD INFORMED THEM THAT IT WAS NEAR TO IMPOSSIBLE TO PERFORM THAT TASK WHILE INFLT WHICH THEY HAD DISCOVERED BEFORE THE PHONE PATCH.
Narrative: ON APCH TO DFW, RWY 35C. WHEN GEAR LOWERED THERE WAS NO GREEN LIGHT FOR L MAIN LNDG GEAR. EXECUTED MISSED APCH. FO WAS PF AND I DIRECTED HE CONTINUE TO FLY AND TALK TO ATC WHILE I TROUBLESHOT AS PER BRIEFING. PRESS TO TEST OF WARNING/CAUTION LIGHTS INDICATED THAT THE L GEAR INDICATOR WAS INOP. ATTEMPTED TO CHANGE BULBS BUT WAS UNABLE TO DO SO. DECLARED EMER WITH ATC, THEN CONTACTED DISPATCH FOR PHONE PATCH TO TECHNICIAN. TECHNICIAN ADVISED IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO CHANGE GEAR INDICATOR BULBS INFLT. THEY WERE CORRECT. EXECUTED ABNORMAL PROC IN OPS MANUAL AND PERFORMED LOW APCH/FLY-BY FOR TWR TO LOOK AT GEAR. TWR ADVISED GEAR APPEARED DOWN AND LOCKED. I ASSUMED CTL OF ACFT AND TURNED DOWNWIND FOR VISUAL APCH BACK TO RWY 35C. APCH UNEVENTFUL AND EXECUTED MINIMUM RATE OF DSCNT LNDG ON RWY 35C, CLRED AT HIGH SPD AND HAD GEAR PINNED BY MAINT. UNEVENTFUL TAXI IN. EXCELLENT JOB BY DFW TRACON, DFW CFR, AND MY FO WHO PERFORMED SUPERBLY THROUGHOUT. SO CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHY BOEING DESIGNED A PLANE WHERE THE GEAR LIGHTS CANNOT BE RELAMPED INFLT.
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.