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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 5000|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : zzz.tracon|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||MD-80 Super 80|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||climbout : initial|
|Route In Use||departure sid : zzz|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
Preflight captain's ADI fail flag on. MEL'ed to fly on auxiliary gyro. WX ZZZ variable to 2 1/2 -5000 ft RVR. Departure WX cavu. Aircraft was configured to fly from the first officer's side for this leg. Immediately after takeoff the autothrottles failed; the aircraft sustained a brief uncommanded yaw. The first officer's command bars failed. Heading select knob failed to work. Captain's command bars were opposite requested turn. First officer's FMA went blank. During climb out and cleanup; several FMA annunciators flashed on for several seconds then went blank again. The autoplt was never engaged through the whole incident. At 5000 ft; numerous uncommanded 'flutters' of rudder were felt. The captain asked 'if I had any confidence in this airplane?' I told him no and he declared an emergency with departure control. They wanted to maintain us at 6000 ft and fly a heading. We declined and conveyed our intentions to return for immediate landing. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: reporter stated that the aircraft was in a high rate turn with power immediately after departure when the uncommanded rudder inputs began. What was later determined was that the first officer flight guidance computer was intermittently failing causing the yaw dampener to alternately remove and restore rudder input. With a high turn rate the input was fairly significant and so as the rudder moved with the commands and then without commands the airframe was yawing significantly.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A MD80 WITH THE CAPT'S ADI MEL'ED EXPERIENCED UNCOMMANDED YAW AND RUDDER FLUTTERS AFTER TKOF. THE AUTOTHROTTLE; HDG SELECT AND FO FLT DIRECTOR FAILED.
Narrative: PREFLT CAPT'S ADI FAIL FLAG ON. MEL'ED TO FLY ON AUX GYRO. WX ZZZ VARIABLE TO 2 1/2 -5000 FT RVR. DEP WX CAVU. ACFT WAS CONFIGURED TO FLY FROM THE FO'S SIDE FOR THIS LEG. IMMEDIATELY AFTER TKOF THE AUTOTHROTTLES FAILED; THE ACFT SUSTAINED A BRIEF UNCOMMANDED YAW. THE FO'S COMMAND BARS FAILED. HDG SELECT KNOB FAILED TO WORK. CAPT'S COMMAND BARS WERE OPPOSITE REQUESTED TURN. FO'S FMA WENT BLANK. DURING CLBOUT AND CLEANUP; SEVERAL FMA ANNUNCIATORS FLASHED ON FOR SEVERAL SECONDS THEN WENT BLANK AGAIN. THE AUTOPLT WAS NEVER ENGAGED THROUGH THE WHOLE INCIDENT. AT 5000 FT; NUMEROUS UNCOMMANDED 'FLUTTERS' OF RUDDER WERE FELT. THE CAPT ASKED 'IF I HAD ANY CONFIDENCE IN THIS AIRPLANE?' I TOLD HIM NO AND HE DECLARED AN EMER WITH DEP CTL. THEY WANTED TO MAINTAIN US AT 6000 FT AND FLY A HDG. WE DECLINED AND CONVEYED OUR INTENTIONS TO RETURN FOR IMMEDIATE LNDG. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: REPORTER STATED THAT THE ACFT WAS IN A HIGH RATE TURN WITH POWER IMMEDIATELY AFTER DEPARTURE WHEN THE UNCOMMANDED RUDDER INPUTS BEGAN. WHAT WAS LATER DETERMINED WAS THAT THE FO FLT GUIDANCE COMPUTER WAS INTERMITTENTLY FAILING CAUSING THE YAW DAMPENER TO ALTERNATELY REMOVE AND RESTORE RUDDER INPUT. WITH A HIGH TURN RATE THE INPUT WAS FAIRLY SIGNIFICANT AND SO AS THE RUDDER MOVED WITH THE COMMANDS AND THEN WITHOUT COMMANDS THE AIRFRAME WAS YAWING SIGNIFICANTLY.
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.