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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 24000|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zzz.artcc|
tower : jfk.tower
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B757-200|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Navigation In Use||other|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 130|
flight time total : 15000
flight time type : 7000
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 90|
flight time total : 8000
flight time type : 1000
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other flight crewb
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
flight crew : declared emergency
none taken : detected after the fact
During climb out; I felt a shudder and the aircraft roll; similar to a wake turbulence encounter. A few moments later it happened again and the first officer reported the left engine instruments were erratic. I then observed fluctuating EPR; and N1 and egt on the engine. Flight attendants also reported an abnormal grinding sound in the cabin; which they felt came from the engine. We got a clearance to level off and accomplished the appropriate qrc checklist and reference items. With the checklist completed dispatch was notified. He provided a quick phone patch with maintenance. Since the engine operated satisfactorily at a reduced power setting it was decided to leave it running and return. We declared an emergency and received clearance back to ZZZ; the nearest and safest airport. I briefed the purser and made a cabin announcement to calm the passenger as they had heard the unusual noise as well. A normal 2-ENG approach was planned. However; we reviewed the single engine procedures in the event that the problem engine subsequently failed. An overweight landing was accomplished. Landing and taxi in were normal. Maintenance was debriefed at the gate. Cockpit CRM was excellent.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A B757 CREW RPTS ENG MALFUNCTION DURING CLBOUT. AFTER CONSULTING WITH MAINT; AN EMER WAS DECLARED AND THEY RETURNED TO DEP ARPT.
Narrative: DURING CLBOUT; I FELT A SHUDDER AND THE ACFT ROLL; SIMILAR TO A WAKE TURB ENCOUNTER. A FEW MOMENTS LATER IT HAPPENED AGAIN AND THE FO RPTED THE L ENG INSTS WERE ERRATIC. I THEN OBSERVED FLUCTUATING EPR; AND N1 AND EGT ON THE ENG. FLT ATTENDANTS ALSO RPTED AN ABNORMAL GRINDING SOUND IN THE CABIN; WHICH THEY FELT CAME FROM THE ENG. WE GOT A CLRNC TO LEVEL OFF AND ACCOMPLISHED THE APPROPRIATE QRC CHKLIST AND REF ITEMS. WITH THE CHKLIST COMPLETED DISPATCH WAS NOTIFIED. HE PROVIDED A QUICK PHONE PATCH WITH MAINT. SINCE THE ENG OPERATED SATISFACTORILY AT A REDUCED PWR SETTING IT WAS DECIDED TO LEAVE IT RUNNING AND RETURN. WE DECLARED AN EMER AND RECEIVED CLRNC BACK TO ZZZ; THE NEAREST AND SAFEST ARPT. I BRIEFED THE PURSER AND MADE A CABIN ANNOUNCEMENT TO CALM THE PAX AS THEY HAD HEARD THE UNUSUAL NOISE AS WELL. A NORMAL 2-ENG APCH WAS PLANNED. HOWEVER; WE REVIEWED THE SINGLE ENG PROCS IN THE EVENT THAT THE PROB ENG SUBSEQUENTLY FAILED. AN OVERWT LNDG WAS ACCOMPLISHED. LNDG AND TAXI IN WERE NORMAL. MAINT WAS DEBRIEFED AT THE GATE. COCKPIT CRM WAS EXCELLENT.
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.