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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 500|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : zzz.tracon|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B767-300 and 300 ER|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 210|
flight time total : 9000
flight time type : 1541
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 250|
flight time total : 8500
flight time type : 3100
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
After a normal preflight and taxi-out; we commenced a normal takeoff. Immediately upon landing gear retraction; we noticed a loud noise and very strong vibration from the nose landing gear area. The vibration was similar to wheel spin down but was failing to decrease in frequency and volume. The captain (PNF) immediately selected gear handle down. The gear extended and the noise and vibration ceased. The landing gear indicated 'down and locked' with 3 green lights. The landing gear door in-transit light was not illuminated. An emergency was declared with tower and the aircraft continued straight out from the runway. We climbed to 5000 ft and began circling vectors with approach. The flight attendant was contacted through interphone and asked that all flight attendants remain in their jump seats. The captain contacted both dispatch and maintenance through a phone patch. After discussing all possible causes and outcomes of the situation; the crew decided to return to ZZZ and prepare the cabin for evacuate/evacuation. The flight attendant was notified to come to the cockpit in which the captain explained the situation and the decision to return to the airport with a full cabin preparation for evacuate/evacuation. All pertinent information such as landing conditions; special needs passenger and the brace signal were discussed. Through both ATC and dispatch; arrangements for a low-level fly-by and return to airport were made. After completing the preparation for evacuate/evacuation and planning and briefing the low-level approach/inspection and the subsequent landing; the crew completed the approach and final descent checklist and returned to the field. A low-level fly-by was performed at 500 ft over the centerline of runway xx for tower inspection. No abnormalities were noted from the tower. A last check of emergency equipment status was made and the aircraft returned for landing.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B767 FLT CREW REPORTS UNUSUAL NOISE FROM NLG AFTER TKOF AND ELECTS TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY AND RETURN FOR UNEVENTFUL LANDING.
Narrative: AFTER A NORMAL PREFLT AND TAXI-OUT; WE COMMENCED A NORMAL TKOF. IMMEDIATELY UPON LNDG GEAR RETRACTION; WE NOTICED A LOUD NOISE AND VERY STRONG VIBRATION FROM THE NOSE LNDG GEAR AREA. THE VIBRATION WAS SIMILAR TO WHEEL SPIN DOWN BUT WAS FAILING TO DECREASE IN FREQ AND VOLUME. THE CAPT (PNF) IMMEDIATELY SELECTED GEAR HANDLE DOWN. THE GEAR EXTENDED AND THE NOISE AND VIBRATION CEASED. THE LNDG GEAR INDICATED 'DOWN AND LOCKED' WITH 3 GREEN LIGHTS. THE LNDG GEAR DOOR IN-TRANSIT LIGHT WAS NOT ILLUMINATED. AN EMER WAS DECLARED WITH TWR AND THE ACFT CONTINUED STRAIGHT OUT FROM THE RWY. WE CLBED TO 5000 FT AND BEGAN CIRCLING VECTORS WITH APCH. THE FLT ATTENDANT WAS CONTACTED THROUGH INTERPHONE AND ASKED THAT ALL FLT ATTENDANTS REMAIN IN THEIR JUMP SEATS. THE CAPT CONTACTED BOTH DISPATCH AND MAINT THROUGH A PHONE PATCH. AFTER DISCUSSING ALL POSSIBLE CAUSES AND OUTCOMES OF THE SITUATION; THE CREW DECIDED TO RETURN TO ZZZ AND PREPARE THE CABIN FOR EVAC. THE FLT ATTENDANT WAS NOTIFIED TO COME TO THE COCKPIT IN WHICH THE CAPT EXPLAINED THE SITUATION AND THE DECISION TO RETURN TO THE ARPT WITH A FULL CABIN PREPARATION FOR EVAC. ALL PERTINENT INFO SUCH AS LNDG CONDITIONS; SPECIAL NEEDS PAX AND THE BRACE SIGNAL WERE DISCUSSED. THROUGH BOTH ATC AND DISPATCH; ARRANGEMENTS FOR A LOW-LEVEL FLY-BY AND RETURN TO ARPT WERE MADE. AFTER COMPLETING THE PREPARATION FOR EVAC AND PLANNING AND BRIEFING THE LOW-LEVEL APCH/INSPECTION AND THE SUBSEQUENT LNDG; THE CREW COMPLETED THE APCH AND FINAL DSCNT CHKLIST AND RETURNED TO THE FIELD. A LOW-LEVEL FLY-BY WAS PERFORMED AT 500 FT OVER THE CTRLINE OF RWY XX FOR TWR INSPECTION. NO ABNORMALITIES WERE NOTED FROM THE TWR. A LAST CHK OF EMER EQUIP STATUS WAS MADE AND THE ACFT RETURNED FOR LNDG.
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.