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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 34000|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zzz.artcc|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B767-300 and 300 ER|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 220|
flight time total : 20000
flight time type : 4500
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other flight crewb
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : overcame equipment problem|
flight crew : declared emergency
En route level cruise FL370; we received an EICAS caution message 'C hydraulic quantity' and the associated overhead 'quantity' light. A review of the EICAS status page revealed a center hydraulic quantity of '.48RF.' following the flight manual 'C hydraulic quantity' irregular procedure; we turned off the center hydraulic system pumps and the quantity stabilized in the mid .40's. Utilizing VHF and later satcom; we conferenced with dispatch; maintenance and B767 fleet. The purser was brought to the cockpit; briefed; and informed this was to be a 'cabin advisory' and that we would inform the passenger via the PA closer to landing. ATC was advised of our situation and we declared an emergency for the arrival to avoid delays on the approach. During the arrival; we turned all hydraulic pump switches back to the normal on/automatic position; extended the landing gear and landed flaps 20 degrees (in consideration of a go around and potential inability to retract flaps). On the rollout; we determined we had normal functioning of brakes and nosewheel steering and taxied to the gate uneventfully. Supplemental information from acn 686975: during the remaining time; we rechked the manual and expected checklists: partial flaps with alternate extension and alternate landing gear extension. Additional malfunctions might have required tow off the runway. At the gate we learned that we did in fact lose a lot of hydraulic fluid; but with quantity close to 0; all system remained operational.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B767-300 FLT CREW WHILE IN CRUISE HAS EICAS 'C HYD QUANTITY' INDICATION. FLT CREW HAS CONFERENCE WITH COMPANY AND ELECTS TO PROCEED TO DEST.
Narrative: ENRTE LEVEL CRUISE FL370; WE RECEIVED AN EICAS CAUTION MESSAGE 'C HYD QUANTITY' AND THE ASSOCIATED OVERHEAD 'QUANTITY' LIGHT. A REVIEW OF THE EICAS STATUS PAGE REVEALED A CTR HYD QUANTITY OF '.48RF.' FOLLOWING THE FLT MANUAL 'C HYD QUANTITY' IRREGULAR PROC; WE TURNED OFF THE CTR HYD SYS PUMPS AND THE QUANTITY STABILIZED IN THE MID .40'S. UTILIZING VHF AND LATER SATCOM; WE CONFERENCED WITH DISPATCH; MAINT AND B767 FLEET. THE PURSER WAS BROUGHT TO THE COCKPIT; BRIEFED; AND INFORMED THIS WAS TO BE A 'CABIN ADVISORY' AND THAT WE WOULD INFORM THE PAX VIA THE PA CLOSER TO LNDG. ATC WAS ADVISED OF OUR SITUATION AND WE DECLARED AN EMER FOR THE ARR TO AVOID DELAYS ON THE APCH. DURING THE ARR; WE TURNED ALL HYD PUMP SWITCHES BACK TO THE NORMAL ON/AUTO POS; EXTENDED THE LNDG GEAR AND LANDED FLAPS 20 DEGS (IN CONSIDERATION OF A GAR AND POTENTIAL INABILITY TO RETRACT FLAPS). ON THE ROLLOUT; WE DETERMINED WE HAD NORMAL FUNCTIONING OF BRAKES AND NOSEWHEEL STEERING AND TAXIED TO THE GATE UNEVENTFULLY. SUPPLEMENTAL INFO FROM ACN 686975: DURING THE REMAINING TIME; WE RECHKED THE MANUAL AND EXPECTED CHKLISTS: PARTIAL FLAPS WITH ALTERNATE EXTENSION AND ALTERNATE LNDG GEAR EXTENSION. ADDITIONAL MALFUNCTIONS MIGHT HAVE REQUIRED TOW OFF THE RWY. AT THE GATE WE LEARNED THAT WE DID IN FACT LOSE A LOT OF HYD FLUID; BUT WITH QUANTITY CLOSE TO 0; ALL SYS REMAINED OPERATIONAL.
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.