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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B757-200|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
ground : parked
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Anomaly||non adherence : company policies|
non adherence : far
non adherence : published procedure
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other flight crewb
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
Crew rest and security concerns. Passenger were turned back from boarding the delayed flight ZZZ to ZZZ1 on the morning of saturday because a daily security check had not been conducted on aircraft the night before. This fact was discovered when the crew returned to the aircraft the morning of departure to find that 2 seatbacks had been badly damaged, the forward galley oven had newly baked cookies, and empty bottles of water were found lying around in the vicinity of the galley. ZZZ personnel who secured the aircraft the night before reported that neither the seatbacks nor galley were in the conditions observed that morning when they left the night before. This prompted the captain to alert ZZZ and company security to initiate a thorough inspection of the aircraft. Passenger had already been released from the waiting area and were proceeded to the aircraft only to be turned away. It was discovered that ZZZ station were not notified the night prior that the aircraft was departing that morning. Flight had been rescheduled for the morning departure after the original flight, scheudled to depart at XA10 the night before, (friday), had been delayed until that morning due to maintenance and subsequent aircrew duty legality problems. The aircraft had not been fueled, catered or inspected during the night. Why the delayed departure was not put on the ZZZ security list the night before is a mystery. However, the aircrew had no time the night before to properly coordinate with ZZZ station personnel because they were rushed to hotels for a hurried rest period prior to executing the next day's duty. The pilots and flight attendants were not able to leave the airport the night before for their respective hotels until XC30 local, even though crew schedules had begun our rest period at XB10 local for an XC30 sign-in and XL30 departure the next day. No one attempted to contact the aircrew that their rest period began at XB10. Passenger did not even start to deplane that night until XB40 and between assisting passenger, securing the aircraft, and figuring the plan for the remainder of the sequence, it was not until XC30 until anyone on the crew was able to leave the airport, already some 1 hour and 20 mins into our assigned rest period. This minimum rest period for the rescheduled flight, combined with the fact that this aircrew had rested for their original duty period consisting of an all-nighter, created severe disruption to the crew circadian rhythm. I know this pilot had an interrupted sleep pattern during that night at the hotel. I understand that at least one of the flight attendants suffered severe headaches during their rest period. I believe this crew's performance for the next day was degraded due to the actions by crew schedule. Thank goodness the remainder of the flight on saturday was uneventful and the WX at ZZZ1 was good. In retrospect, considering the unnatural sleep periods allotted this crew, and the stress of the next morning when support personnel failed to prepare the aircraft for the next day's flight, one has to question how well prepared the entire crew was for all in-flight possibilities on the ZZZ to ZZZ1 leg on saturday.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B757-200 CREW FOUND THAT THE FIRST FLT OF THE DAY SECURITY INSPECTION HAD NOT BEEN DONE. THE CAPT REQUIRED THE INSPECTION TO BE DONE PROPERLY.
Narrative: CREW REST AND SECURITY CONCERNS. PAX WERE TURNED BACK FROM BOARDING THE DELAYED FLT ZZZ TO ZZZ1 ON THE MORNING OF SATURDAY BECAUSE A DAILY SECURITY CHK HAD NOT BEEN CONDUCTED ON ACFT THE NIGHT BEFORE. THIS FACT WAS DISCOVERED WHEN THE CREW RETURNED TO THE ACFT THE MORNING OF DEP TO FIND THAT 2 SEATBACKS HAD BEEN BADLY DAMAGED, THE FORWARD GALLEY OVEN HAD NEWLY BAKED COOKIES, AND EMPTY BOTTLES OF WATER WERE FOUND LYING AROUND IN THE VICINITY OF THE GALLEY. ZZZ PERSONNEL WHO SECURED THE ACFT THE NIGHT BEFORE RPTED THAT NEITHER THE SEATBACKS NOR GALLEY WERE IN THE CONDITIONS OBSERVED THAT MORNING WHEN THEY LEFT THE NIGHT BEFORE. THIS PROMPTED THE CAPT TO ALERT ZZZ AND COMPANY SECURITY TO INITIATE A THOROUGH INSPECTION OF THE ACFT. PAX HAD ALREADY BEEN RELEASED FROM THE WAITING AREA AND WERE PROCEEDED TO THE ACFT ONLY TO BE TURNED AWAY. IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT ZZZ STATION WERE NOT NOTIFIED THE NIGHT PRIOR THAT THE ACFT WAS DEPARTING THAT MORNING. FLT HAD BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR THE MORNING DEP AFTER THE ORIGINAL FLT, SCHEUDLED TO DEPART AT XA10 THE NIGHT BEFORE, (FRIDAY), HAD BEEN DELAYED UNTIL THAT MORNING DUE TO MAINT AND SUBSEQUENT AIRCREW DUTY LEGALITY PROBS. THE ACFT HAD NOT BEEN FUELED, CATERED OR INSPECTED DURING THE NIGHT. WHY THE DELAYED DEP WAS NOT PUT ON THE ZZZ SECURITY LIST THE NIGHT BEFORE IS A MYSTERY. HOWEVER, THE AIRCREW HAD NO TIME THE NIGHT BEFORE TO PROPERLY COORDINATE WITH ZZZ STATION PERSONNEL BECAUSE THEY WERE RUSHED TO HOTELS FOR A HURRIED REST PERIOD PRIOR TO EXECUTING THE NEXT DAY'S DUTY. THE PLTS AND FLT ATTENDANTS WERE NOT ABLE TO LEAVE THE ARPT THE NIGHT BEFORE FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE HOTELS UNTIL XC30 LCL, EVEN THOUGH CREW SCHEDULES HAD BEGUN OUR REST PERIOD AT XB10 LCL FOR AN XC30 SIGN-IN AND XL30 DEP THE NEXT DAY. NO ONE ATTEMPTED TO CONTACT THE AIRCREW THAT THEIR REST PERIOD BEGAN AT XB10. PAX DID NOT EVEN START TO DEPLANE THAT NIGHT UNTIL XB40 AND BTWN ASSISTING PAX, SECURING THE ACFT, AND FIGURING THE PLAN FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEQUENCE, IT WAS NOT UNTIL XC30 UNTIL ANYONE ON THE CREW WAS ABLE TO LEAVE THE ARPT, ALREADY SOME 1 HR AND 20 MINS INTO OUR ASSIGNED REST PERIOD. THIS MINIMUM REST PERIOD FOR THE RESCHEDULED FLT, COMBINED WITH THE FACT THAT THIS AIRCREW HAD RESTED FOR THEIR ORIGINAL DUTY PERIOD CONSISTING OF AN ALL-NIGHTER, CREATED SEVERE DISRUPTION TO THE CREW CIRCADIAN RHYTHM. I KNOW THIS PLT HAD AN INTERRUPTED SLEEP PATTERN DURING THAT NIGHT AT THE HOTEL. I UNDERSTAND THAT AT LEAST ONE OF THE FLT ATTENDANTS SUFFERED SEVERE HEADACHES DURING THEIR REST PERIOD. I BELIEVE THIS CREW'S PERFORMANCE FOR THE NEXT DAY WAS DEGRADED DUE TO THE ACTIONS BY CREW SCHEDULE. THANK GOODNESS THE REMAINDER OF THE FLT ON SATURDAY WAS UNEVENTFUL AND THE WX AT ZZZ1 WAS GOOD. IN RETROSPECT, CONSIDERING THE UNNATURAL SLEEP PERIODS ALLOTTED THIS CREW, AND THE STRESS OF THE NEXT MORNING WHEN SUPPORT PERSONNEL FAILED TO PREPARE THE ACFT FOR THE NEXT DAY'S FLT, ONE HAS TO QUESTION HOW WELL PREPARED THE ENTIRE CREW WAS FOR ALL INFLT POSSIBILITIES ON THE ZZZ TO ZZZ1 LEG ON SATURDAY.
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.