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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : mdw.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B737 Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground : parked|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 145|
flight time total : 10000
flight time type : 520
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Anomaly||non adherence : published procedure|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : fmc predicted lndg fuel indcation|
other flight crewa
other flight crewb
|Maintenance||performance deficiency : non compliance with legal requirements|
Maintenance Human Performance
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
Flight departed mdw with less than minimum fuel as specified on dispatch release, unintentionally. The fueler inadvertently put less fuel on the aircraft than what was ordered by operations. New fueling procedures has operations placing fuel orders and not the capts. Flight crew entered planned fuel of 17.6 in FMC 'performance page.' during before start checklist, flight crew checked fuel quantity against 'progress page 1' and it read 17.6, which was actually the planned fuel instead of the actual fuel on the aircraft. At the same time during the fuel check on 'progress page 1,' crew checked arrival fuel at dca and arrival fuel indicated normal. Above FL290, flight crew closed an arrival route discontinuity on the 'legs page,' then received an FMC message stating 'using reserve fuel.' checked the arrival fuel for dca immediately. FMC progress page 1 indicated arriving dca with 5.4 remaining. While 5400 pounds of fuel is more than adequate, it is below company recommended arrival fuel and less than arrival fuel of 8500 ft or 8.5, shown on dispatch release. Flight crew monitored fuel consumption during the flight and continued to dca landing with 5000 pounds of fuel, well above any fuel minimum advisories. En route, departure and destination WX was VFR and unrestr visibility and no ATC delays.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B737 CREW DEPARTED MDW WITH LESS FUEL THAN THE DEP RELEASE SPECIFIED.
Narrative: FLT DEPARTED MDW WITH LESS THAN MINIMUM FUEL AS SPECIFIED ON DISPATCH RELEASE, UNINTENTIONALLY. THE FUELER INADVERTENTLY PUT LESS FUEL ON THE ACFT THAN WHAT WAS ORDERED BY OPS. NEW FUELING PROCS HAS OPS PLACING FUEL ORDERS AND NOT THE CAPTS. FLC ENTERED PLANNED FUEL OF 17.6 IN FMC 'PERFORMANCE PAGE.' DURING BEFORE START CHKLIST, FLC CHKED FUEL QUANTITY AGAINST 'PROGRESS PAGE 1' AND IT READ 17.6, WHICH WAS ACTUALLY THE PLANNED FUEL INSTEAD OF THE ACTUAL FUEL ON THE ACFT. AT THE SAME TIME DURING THE FUEL CHK ON 'PROGRESS PAGE 1,' CREW CHKED ARR FUEL AT DCA AND ARR FUEL INDICATED NORMAL. ABOVE FL290, FLC CLOSED AN ARR RTE DISCONTINUITY ON THE 'LEGS PAGE,' THEN RECEIVED AN FMC MESSAGE STATING 'USING RESERVE FUEL.' CHKED THE ARR FUEL FOR DCA IMMEDIATELY. FMC PROGRESS PAGE 1 INDICATED ARRIVING DCA WITH 5.4 REMAINING. WHILE 5400 LBS OF FUEL IS MORE THAN ADEQUATE, IT IS BELOW COMPANY RECOMMENDED ARR FUEL AND LESS THAN ARR FUEL OF 8500 FT OR 8.5, SHOWN ON DISPATCH RELEASE. FLC MONITORED FUEL CONSUMPTION DURING THE FLT AND CONTINUED TO DCA LNDG WITH 5000 LBS OF FUEL, WELL ABOVE ANY FUEL MINIMUM ADVISORIES. ENRTE, DEP AND DEST WX WAS VFR AND UNRESTR VISIBILITY AND NO ATC DELAYS.
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.