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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : sjc.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : d10.tracon|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||MD-80 Series (DC-9-80) Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : multi engine
pilot : instrument
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
maintenance problem : non compliance with mel
non adherence : published procedure
non adherence : company policies
non adherence : far
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
Maintenance Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
Upon meeting the aircraft, I saw the captain talking with the aircraft cleaners about an open item in the logbook having to do with a cleanup item in the main cabin. While the captain discussed this with the cleaners, I started to get the cockpit ready for departure. At that time, the gate agent was insisting to start to board. I then got up to use the forward lavatory so as not to delay the flight and noticed nothing unusual. The captain finally got the cabin cleaned to his satisfaction and we were on our way. In the confusion, the captain and I did not notice that the forward lavatory (that I had used earlier) was also written up for a missing flapper valve. Once airborne at cruise, we discovered our oversight. Upon reflection of this event, I have concluded that a doublechk of the logbook during the 'before start engines' checklist could have prevented this mistake. I will always doublechk the logbook from now on.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AN MD80 FLT CREW DETECTED, AFTER DEP, THAT THEY TOOK OFF WITH AN OPEN MAINT WRITE-UP.
Narrative: UPON MEETING THE ACFT, I SAW THE CAPT TALKING WITH THE ACFT CLEANERS ABOUT AN OPEN ITEM IN THE LOGBOOK HAVING TO DO WITH A CLEANUP ITEM IN THE MAIN CABIN. WHILE THE CAPT DISCUSSED THIS WITH THE CLEANERS, I STARTED TO GET THE COCKPIT READY FOR DEP. AT THAT TIME, THE GATE AGENT WAS INSISTING TO START TO BOARD. I THEN GOT UP TO USE THE FORWARD LAVATORY SO AS NOT TO DELAY THE FLT AND NOTICED NOTHING UNUSUAL. THE CAPT FINALLY GOT THE CABIN CLEANED TO HIS SATISFACTION AND WE WERE ON OUR WAY. IN THE CONFUSION, THE CAPT AND I DID NOT NOTICE THAT THE FORWARD LAVATORY (THAT I HAD USED EARLIER) WAS ALSO WRITTEN UP FOR A MISSING FLAPPER VALVE. ONCE AIRBORNE AT CRUISE, WE DISCOVERED OUR OVERSIGHT. UPON REFLECTION OF THIS EVENT, I HAVE CONCLUDED THAT A DOUBLECHK OF THE LOGBOOK DURING THE 'BEFORE START ENGS' CHKLIST COULD HAVE PREVENTED THIS MISTAKE. I WILL ALWAYS DOUBLECHK THE LOGBOOK FROM NOW ON.
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.