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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 25000|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zzz.artcc|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||A320|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 250|
flight time total : 7000
flight time type : 600
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
non adherence : published procedure
non adherence : far
non adherence : company policies
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Maintenance||performance deficiency : inspection|
performance deficiency : installation
Maintenance Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Maintenance Human Performance|
During climb out from ZZZ1 after climbing through FL180; the flight attendants called and said they needed to come to the cockpit and talk to us. She came up and reported that the whole seat assembly; row 9; I think it was abc (but it might be the other side); was loose and only being held on by a screw or two. On takeoff; she told us; the people in those seats felt like they were going to fall back into the row behind them; ie; row 10. The flight attendants felt that we should land immediately. She left and the captain and I discussed what to do. We looked at the weight of the aircraft and we were above maximum landing weight at ZZZ1 and ZZZ2; and probably ZZZ3 but we weren't sure about that as it was 3 hours away at that time. There was also bad WX at our proposed landing time at ZZZ2 should we decide to go there; although I don't remember how bad. The plane was completely full. There were 2 federal air marshals on the flight; and the captain decided to contact the company and see if they could come up to the cockpit and thereby free up 2 seats in the back for 2 of the passenger in that row. The company ultimately approved of that; but by then; the flight attendants had found 3 other passenger who were willing to trade seats with those people in the affected row; so we never had the marshals join us. We decided to continue on; and based on our landing weight; WX; and all the other considerations I could think of; I agreed. I thought the captain made the right decision and the best decision available to him.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AN A320 FO RPTS AN ENTIRE ROW OF PAX SEATS WAS LOOSELY SECURED DURING TKOF AND UNTIL FLT LANDED AT THE PLANNED DEST. A DIVERSION WAS CONSIDERED.
Narrative: DURING CLBOUT FROM ZZZ1 AFTER CLBING THROUGH FL180; THE FLT ATTENDANTS CALLED AND SAID THEY NEEDED TO COME TO THE COCKPIT AND TALK TO US. SHE CAME UP AND RPTED THAT THE WHOLE SEAT ASSEMBLY; ROW 9; I THINK IT WAS ABC (BUT IT MIGHT BE THE OTHER SIDE); WAS LOOSE AND ONLY BEING HELD ON BY A SCREW OR TWO. ON TKOF; SHE TOLD US; THE PEOPLE IN THOSE SEATS FELT LIKE THEY WERE GOING TO FALL BACK INTO THE ROW BEHIND THEM; IE; ROW 10. THE FLT ATTENDANTS FELT THAT WE SHOULD LAND IMMEDIATELY. SHE LEFT AND THE CAPT AND I DISCUSSED WHAT TO DO. WE LOOKED AT THE WT OF THE ACFT AND WE WERE ABOVE MAX LNDG WT AT ZZZ1 AND ZZZ2; AND PROBABLY ZZZ3 BUT WE WEREN'T SURE ABOUT THAT AS IT WAS 3 HRS AWAY AT THAT TIME. THERE WAS ALSO BAD WX AT OUR PROPOSED LNDG TIME AT ZZZ2 SHOULD WE DECIDE TO GO THERE; ALTHOUGH I DON'T REMEMBER HOW BAD. THE PLANE WAS COMPLETELY FULL. THERE WERE 2 FEDERAL AIR MARSHALS ON THE FLT; AND THE CAPT DECIDED TO CONTACT THE COMPANY AND SEE IF THEY COULD COME UP TO THE COCKPIT AND THEREBY FREE UP 2 SEATS IN THE BACK FOR 2 OF THE PAX IN THAT ROW. THE COMPANY ULTIMATELY APPROVED OF THAT; BUT BY THEN; THE FLT ATTENDANTS HAD FOUND 3 OTHER PAX WHO WERE WILLING TO TRADE SEATS WITH THOSE PEOPLE IN THE AFFECTED ROW; SO WE NEVER HAD THE MARSHALS JOIN US. WE DECIDED TO CONTINUE ON; AND BASED ON OUR LNDG WT; WX; AND ALL THE OTHER CONSIDERATIONS I COULD THINK OF; I AGREED. I THOUGHT THE CAPT MADE THE RIGHT DECISION AND THE BEST DECISION AVAILABLE TO HIM.
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.