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|Locale Reference||airport : hnl.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||PA-31 Navajo Chieftan/Mojave/Navajo T1020|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 135|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : multi engine|
pilot : atp
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 120|
flight time total : 5400
flight time type : 700
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
non adherence : published procedure
non adherence : company policies
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
Flight Crew Human Performance
We are a small part 135 commuter operation. A new baggage handler was recently hired. We were behind schedule and rushing to load the baggage and passenger. I looked at the loaded baggage cart and gave my approval for the baggage handler to load the bags into my aircraft. Unbeknownst to me, hidden in the middle of the baggage cart was some hazmat (ie, clorox detergent). The baggage handler did not recognize the clorox as hazmat and loaded it into the aircraft. We took off and landed at ZZZ. During the unloading of the baggage, I discovered the hazmat. I immediately notified my supervisor. I also spoke to the reservationist (who accepted the hazmat) and the new baggage handlers to explain about hazmat handling. My supervisor agreed that both people will be attending the next hazmat education class. I will also be more diligent in the inspecting and loading of baggage. (Note: the new baggage handler did previously attend a recently held hazmat class, however, due to an illness, he did not complete the whole class. I saw him in the class before he left and assumed that he completed the full course. This contributed to my less than diligent inspection and supervision of the baggage loading.) nonetheless, I should have been more careful.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AT DEST ARPT A PA31-350 PLT IS SURPRISED TO FIND THAT HAZMAT HAD BEEN LOADED ONTO HIS PART 135 FLT FROM HNL, HI.
Narrative: WE ARE A SMALL PART 135 COMMUTER OP. A NEW BAGGAGE HANDLER WAS RECENTLY HIRED. WE WERE BEHIND SCHEDULE AND RUSHING TO LOAD THE BAGGAGE AND PAX. I LOOKED AT THE LOADED BAGGAGE CART AND GAVE MY APPROVAL FOR THE BAGGAGE HANDLER TO LOAD THE BAGS INTO MY ACFT. UNBEKNOWNST TO ME, HIDDEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BAGGAGE CART WAS SOME HAZMAT (IE, CLOROX DETERGENT). THE BAGGAGE HANDLER DID NOT RECOGNIZE THE CLOROX AS HAZMAT AND LOADED IT INTO THE ACFT. WE TOOK OFF AND LANDED AT ZZZ. DURING THE UNLOADING OF THE BAGGAGE, I DISCOVERED THE HAZMAT. I IMMEDIATELY NOTIFIED MY SUPVR. I ALSO SPOKE TO THE RESERVATIONIST (WHO ACCEPTED THE HAZMAT) AND THE NEW BAGGAGE HANDLERS TO EXPLAIN ABOUT HAZMAT HANDLING. MY SUPVR AGREED THAT BOTH PEOPLE WILL BE ATTENDING THE NEXT HAZMAT EDUCATION CLASS. I WILL ALSO BE MORE DILIGENT IN THE INSPECTING AND LOADING OF BAGGAGE. (NOTE: THE NEW BAGGAGE HANDLER DID PREVIOUSLY ATTEND A RECENTLY HELD HAZMAT CLASS, HOWEVER, DUE TO AN ILLNESS, HE DID NOT COMPLETE THE WHOLE CLASS. I SAW HIM IN THE CLASS BEFORE HE LEFT AND ASSUMED THAT HE COMPLETED THE FULL COURSE. THIS CONTRIBUTED TO MY LESS THAN DILIGENT INSPECTION AND SUPERVISION OF THE BAGGAGE LOADING.) NONETHELESS, I SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE CAREFUL.
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.