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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : mia.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||MD-80 Series (DC-9-80) Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground : taxi|
ground other : parking
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Anomaly||ground encounters : vehicle|
non adherence : company policies
non adherence : published procedure
non adherence other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : took precautionary avoidance action|
|Problem Areas||Maintenance Human Performance|
Flight Crew Human Performance
Guideman with no vest guides us in with 1 wing walker. There was a wing walker on the right, but was not looking at the parked truck I had a question about. Someone walking saw the concern and gave a thumbs up. The wingwalker's eyes were forward, but the more concerning part was the no wing walker on the left. There was a baggage cart parked inside the line for the wing clearance. I opened my window and pointed back to my left after the cart was out of my line of sight. The guideman looked where I was pointing, and gave me a thumbs up. So, I continued. After he stopped us, I looked out the window and realized the left wing was over the cart. The agents on the jet bridge told the ground crew to move the cart, but were told it was ok. I told them it was unacceptable and needed to be moved. The cart was moved, and we were towed in the rest of the way. Between guiding us and towing us, the guideman smoked a cigarette and ate some french fries. He seemed very unconcerned and unaware of the danger. The ramp supervisor came out to talk to me and agreed that the situation needed investigation. In retrospect, seeing that the cart was in the wing ling -- I should have stopped and had the cart moved or gotten towed in prior to my wing tip going over the cart. But on the FLIP side, as a captain, I am not trained in ramp markings. I do not know which lines are for the MD80 and which lines are for larger airplanes. Thus, the decision to ask the guideman and trust his judgement.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: FLT CREW OF MD80 RPTS SHODDY PERFORMANCE OF PARKING PROCS BY GND PERSONNEL IN MIA.
Narrative: GUIDEMAN WITH NO VEST GUIDES US IN WITH 1 WING WALKER. THERE WAS A WING WALKER ON THE R, BUT WAS NOT LOOKING AT THE PARKED TRUCK I HAD A QUESTION ABOUT. SOMEONE WALKING SAW THE CONCERN AND GAVE A THUMBS UP. THE WINGWALKER'S EYES WERE FORWARD, BUT THE MORE CONCERNING PART WAS THE NO WING WALKER ON THE L. THERE WAS A BAGGAGE CART PARKED INSIDE THE LINE FOR THE WING CLRNC. I OPENED MY WINDOW AND POINTED BACK TO MY L AFTER THE CART WAS OUT OF MY LINE OF SIGHT. THE GUIDEMAN LOOKED WHERE I WAS POINTING, AND GAVE ME A THUMBS UP. SO, I CONTINUED. AFTER HE STOPPED US, I LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW AND REALIZED THE L WING WAS OVER THE CART. THE AGENTS ON THE JET BRIDGE TOLD THE GND CREW TO MOVE THE CART, BUT WERE TOLD IT WAS OK. I TOLD THEM IT WAS UNACCEPTABLE AND NEEDED TO BE MOVED. THE CART WAS MOVED, AND WE WERE TOWED IN THE REST OF THE WAY. BTWN GUIDING US AND TOWING US, THE GUIDEMAN SMOKED A CIGARETTE AND ATE SOME FRENCH FRIES. HE SEEMED VERY UNCONCERNED AND UNAWARE OF THE DANGER. THE RAMP SUPVR CAME OUT TO TALK TO ME AND AGREED THAT THE SIT NEEDED INVESTIGATION. IN RETROSPECT, SEEING THAT THE CART WAS IN THE WING LING -- I SHOULD HAVE STOPPED AND HAD THE CART MOVED OR GOTTEN TOWED IN PRIOR TO MY WING TIP GOING OVER THE CART. BUT ON THE FLIP SIDE, AS A CAPT, I AM NOT TRAINED IN RAMP MARKINGS. I DO NOT KNOW WHICH LINES ARE FOR THE MD80 AND WHICH LINES ARE FOR LARGER AIRPLANES. THUS, THE DECISION TO ASK THE GUIDEMAN AND TRUST HIS JUDGEMENT.
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.