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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : iad.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 : parked|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
maintenance problem : improper maintenance
non adherence : company policies
non adherence : published procedure
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other flight crewb
other other : 3
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
Maintenance Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Maintenance Human Performance|
I learned upon arrival to the aircraft that during the overnight servicing the lavatories had been overcharged. This resulted in the carpets by the forward entry door and in the back between the 2 lavatories getting wet and smelly. Cabin service and management were busy replacing the carpets and vacuuming them at that time. The carpet at the forward entry door had already been cleaned. About 1 hour into the flight to dfw the flight attendants told me that the carpets were giving off an odor from the degerm fluid and that they should be changed when we get to dfw. I made the appropriate entries in the logbook and sent the messages. We were scheduled to fly this aircraft back to iad about 1 hour after arrival into dfw. The rug truck came out to the aircraft and cleaned the rugs. Maintenance also came out to sign off and review the logbook. After the rug truck left; I called the agent to inform them they could board. I was told that they had received a call from the ramp tower informing them the aircraft may go OTS. About that time; one of the maintenance technicians walked by. He told me there was a lot of blue fluid in the east&east compartment and that they would probably need to take the aircraft over to the hangar to dry out the compartment. Upon return to iad; I mentioned the incident to one of the rampers. She told me that one of the new rampers had been asking for a while to get trained on the lavatory truck and got tired of waiting so he decided to train himself. It looks like the ball was dropped in a couple ways. The untrained ramper should have never attempted to service the lavatories. When it was discovered that the lavatories had been oversvced; maintenance should have been notified. I believe that they were aware of the situation. My copilot and I were under the impression from what we had been told that the only issue was the wet carpets when I boarded the aircraft; there were no obvious signs of fluid or any other damage from the fluid.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: MD80 LAVATORIES ARE OVERSVCED WITH SANITATION FLUID (BLUE FLUID) CAUSING THEM TO OVERFLOW. THE CARPET AND ADJOINING AREAS ARE FLOODED AND WET. FLUID SEEPS INTO THE LOWER E&E COMPARTMENT CAUSING THE ACFT TO BE PLACED OTS AFTER 1 LEG COMPLETED.
Narrative: I LEARNED UPON ARR TO THE ACFT THAT DURING THE OVERNIGHT SVCING THE LAVATORIES HAD BEEN OVERCHARGED. THIS RESULTED IN THE CARPETS BY THE FORWARD ENTRY DOOR AND IN THE BACK BTWN THE 2 LAVATORIES GETTING WET AND SMELLY. CABIN SVC AND MGMNT WERE BUSY REPLACING THE CARPETS AND VACUUMING THEM AT THAT TIME. THE CARPET AT THE FORWARD ENTRY DOOR HAD ALREADY BEEN CLEANED. ABOUT 1 HR INTO THE FLT TO DFW THE FLT ATTENDANTS TOLD ME THAT THE CARPETS WERE GIVING OFF AN ODOR FROM THE DEGERM FLUID AND THAT THEY SHOULD BE CHANGED WHEN WE GET TO DFW. I MADE THE APPROPRIATE ENTRIES IN THE LOGBOOK AND SENT THE MESSAGES. WE WERE SCHEDULED TO FLY THIS ACFT BACK TO IAD ABOUT 1 HR AFTER ARR INTO DFW. THE RUG TRUCK CAME OUT TO THE ACFT AND CLEANED THE RUGS. MAINT ALSO CAME OUT TO SIGN OFF AND REVIEW THE LOGBOOK. AFTER THE RUG TRUCK LEFT; I CALLED THE AGENT TO INFORM THEM THEY COULD BOARD. I WAS TOLD THAT THEY HAD RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE RAMP TWR INFORMING THEM THE ACFT MAY GO OTS. ABOUT THAT TIME; ONE OF THE MAINT TECHNICIANS WALKED BY. HE TOLD ME THERE WAS A LOT OF BLUE FLUID IN THE E&E COMPARTMENT AND THAT THEY WOULD PROBABLY NEED TO TAKE THE ACFT OVER TO THE HANGAR TO DRY OUT THE COMPARTMENT. UPON RETURN TO IAD; I MENTIONED THE INCIDENT TO ONE OF THE RAMPERS. SHE TOLD ME THAT ONE OF THE NEW RAMPERS HAD BEEN ASKING FOR A WHILE TO GET TRAINED ON THE LAVATORY TRUCK AND GOT TIRED OF WAITING SO HE DECIDED TO TRAIN HIMSELF. IT LOOKS LIKE THE BALL WAS DROPPED IN A COUPLE WAYS. THE UNTRAINED RAMPER SHOULD HAVE NEVER ATTEMPTED TO SVC THE LAVATORIES. WHEN IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE LAVATORIES HAD BEEN OVERSVCED; MAINT SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED. I BELIEVE THAT THEY WERE AWARE OF THE SITUATION. MY COPLT AND I WERE UNDER THE IMPRESSION FROM WHAT WE HAD BEEN TOLD THAT THE ONLY ISSUE WAS THE WET CARPETS WHEN I BOARDED THE ACFT; THERE WERE NO OBVIOUS SIGNS OF FLUID OR ANY OTHER DAMAGE FROM THE FLUID.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 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.