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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : jfk.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : jfk.tower|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||A319|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
ground : takeoff roll
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : ecam|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
flight crew : landed in emergency condition
On oct/tue/2004, XA00Z on takeoff roll runway 31L jfk. Late takeoff roll dual inertial reference unit failures #2 and #3. First officer was flying, we continued the takeoff roll and shortly after getting airborne first officer lost primary flight display and navigation display on his side. I, the captain took over control flying. We also lost captain's flight director, both autoplts and autothrust. Aircraft reverted to alternate law flight characteristics. We conferred with dispatch and decided to return to jfk for landing. We declared an emergency. After landing gear was lowered aircraft reverted to direct law flight as advertised. Landing was uneventful. Taxied back to gate. We as flight crew were unaware of this problem with inertial reference failures at jfk using full length runway 31L for takeoff. Maintenance informed us this has happened at least a dozen times in the past 2 yrs. There should be something in the system to not allow A319's from using runway 31L at jfk full length until someone resolves this issue. Evidently it is always an A319 using runway 31L full length after departing gate at jfk. (Usually only one inertial reference unit fails.) this could be very dangerous in IFR with dual inertial reference unit failures. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: reporter said his airline now puts a restriction on using runway 31L full length. That notice is in the remarks section of the release. His company maintenance stated that airbus 319 departures from specified gate using runway 31L full length have had this problem before. Following this incident, maintenance reset the computers, realigned IRU's and released the airplane. The crew departed again on runway 31L but taxied past taxiway 'Y' intersection before initiating takeoff. The reporter could not speculate on a cause but they had discussed the rough runway or a magnetic mass in the gate vicinity. The reporter stated that he was surprised by the control responses in direct law. The aircraft was slow to respond and felt mushy.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AN A319 DEPARTING JFK GATE, RWY 31L FULL LENGTH, EXPERIENCED DUAL IRU FAILURES (#2 AND #3) AT ROTATION.
Narrative: ON OCT/TUE/2004, XA00Z ON TKOF ROLL RWY 31L JFK. LATE TKOF ROLL DUAL INERTIAL REFERENCE UNIT FAILURES #2 AND #3. FO WAS FLYING, WE CONTINUED THE TKOF ROLL AND SHORTLY AFTER GETTING AIRBORNE FO LOST PRIMARY FLT DISPLAY AND NAVIGATION DISPLAY ON HIS SIDE. I, THE CAPT TOOK OVER CTL FLYING. WE ALSO LOST CAPT'S FLT DIRECTOR, BOTH AUTOPLTS AND AUTOTHRUST. ACFT REVERTED TO ALTERNATE LAW FLT CHARACTERISTICS. WE CONFERRED WITH DISPATCH AND DECIDED TO RETURN TO JFK FOR LNDG. WE DECLARED AN EMER. AFTER LNDG GEAR WAS LOWERED ACFT REVERTED TO DIRECT LAW FLT AS ADVERTISED. LNDG WAS UNEVENTFUL. TAXIED BACK TO GATE. WE AS FLT CREW WERE UNAWARE OF THIS PROB WITH INERTIAL REFERENCE FAILURES AT JFK USING FULL LENGTH RWY 31L FOR TKOF. MAINT INFORMED US THIS HAS HAPPENED AT LEAST A DOZEN TIMES IN THE PAST 2 YRS. THERE SHOULD BE SOMETHING IN THE SYSTEM TO NOT ALLOW A319'S FROM USING RWY 31L AT JFK FULL LENGTH UNTIL SOMEONE RESOLVES THIS ISSUE. EVIDENTLY IT IS ALWAYS AN A319 USING RWY 31L FULL LENGTH AFTER DEPARTING GATE AT JFK. (USUALLY ONLY ONE INERTIAL REFERENCE UNIT FAILS.) THIS COULD BE VERY DANGEROUS IN IFR WITH DUAL INERTIAL REFERENCE UNIT FAILURES. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: RPTR SAID HIS AIRLINE NOW PUTS A RESTRICTION ON USING RWY 31L FULL LENGTH. THAT NOTICE IS IN THE REMARKS SECTION OF THE RELEASE. HIS COMPANY MAINT STATED THAT AIRBUS 319 DEPARTURES FROM SPECIFIED GATE USING RWY 31L FULL LENGTH HAVE HAD THIS PROB BEFORE. FOLLOWING THIS INCIDENT, MAINT RESET THE COMPUTERS, REALIGNED IRU'S AND RELEASED THE AIRPLANE. THE CREW DEPARTED AGAIN ON RWY 31L BUT TAXIED PAST TXWY 'Y' INTERSECTION BEFORE INITIATING TKOF. THE RPTR COULD NOT SPECULATE ON A CAUSE BUT THEY HAD DISCUSSED THE ROUGH RWY OR A MAGNETIC MASS IN THE GATE VICINITY. THE RPTR STATED THAT HE WAS SURPRISED BY THE CTL RESPONSES IN DIRECT LAW. THE ACFT WAS SLOW TO RESPOND AND FELT MUSHY.
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.