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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : bur.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B737-800|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground : taxi|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 250|
flight time type : 3500
|Anomaly||ground encounters : vehicle|
non adherence : published procedure
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : took precautionary avoidance action|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
ATC Human Performance
Exiting runway 8 cleared by tower to taxi to gate. While taxiing to the gate captain and I noted numerous air carrier Y baggage carts parked north of the white line delineating the edge of the taxiway 'safe zone.' captain stopped the aircraft while I relayed the encroachment of the equipment in our path. We requested clearance to taxi around the equipment requiring clearance onto runway 8. It was denied so we held our position to await taxi clearance onto the runway around the parked equipment. While we were stopped an air carrier Y ramp employee driving a tug pulling 3 bag carts drove under or very close to our left wing. We were subsequently cleared onto the runway to taxi safely to our gate. Once parked with the shutdown checklist complete; I queried bur ground as to the rules regarding the area. I was informed the area is a non-movement area. My personal question is; if that is the case; why do we require pushback clearance then if it is in fact a non-movement area? I was directed by the ground controller in a very terse manner to 'take it up with airport operations; we are not responsible for equipment in that area.' require compliance with the safety zone procedures from all airport operators at bur; specifically air carrier Y ground crews. I was told by our contract ground personnel (air carrier X) that this is not an isolated incident with air carrier Y; and it should be addressed by the airport administrator.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AN ACR PILOT REPORTS THAT AT BUR ANOTHER ACR'S BAGGAGE EQUIPMENT IS NOT PROPERLY PARKED; IMPEDING GATE ACCESS AND PRESENTING A SAFETY HAZARD.
Narrative: EXITING RUNWAY 8 CLEARED BY TOWER TO TAXI TO GATE. WHILE TAXIING TO THE GATE CAPT AND I NOTED NUMEROUS ACR Y BAGGAGE CARTS PARKED NORTH OF THE WHITE LINE DELINEATING THE EDGE OF THE TAXIWAY 'SAFE ZONE.' CAPT STOPPED THE AIRCRAFT WHILE I RELAYED THE ENCROACHMENT OF THE EQUIPMENT IN OUR PATH. WE REQUESTED CLEARANCE TO TAXI AROUND THE EQUIPMENT REQUIRING CLEARANCE ONTO RUNWAY 8. IT WAS DENIED SO WE HELD OUR POSITION TO AWAIT TAXI CLEARANCE ONTO THE RUNWAY AROUND THE PARKED EQUIPMENT. WHILE WE WERE STOPPED AN ACR Y RAMP EMPLOYEE DRIVING A TUG PULLING 3 BAG CARTS DROVE UNDER OR VERY CLOSE TO OUR LEFT WING. WE WERE SUBSEQUENTLY CLEARED ONTO THE RUNWAY TO TAXI SAFELY TO OUR GATE. ONCE PARKED WITH THE SHUTDOWN CHECKLIST COMPLETE; I QUERIED BUR GROUND AS TO THE RULES REGARDING THE AREA. I WAS INFORMED THE AREA IS A NON-MOVEMENT AREA. MY PERSONAL QUESTION IS; IF THAT IS THE CASE; WHY DO WE REQUIRE PUSHBACK CLEARANCE THEN IF IT IS IN FACT A NON-MOVEMENT AREA? I WAS DIRECTED BY THE GROUND CONTROLLER IN A VERY TERSE MANNER TO 'TAKE IT UP WITH AIRPORT OPERATIONS; WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR EQUIPMENT IN THAT AREA.' REQUIRE COMPLIANCE WITH THE SAFETY ZONE PROCEDURES FROM ALL AIRPORT OPERATORS AT BUR; SPECIFICALLY ACR Y GROUND CREWS. I WAS TOLD BY OUR CONTRACT GROUND PERSONNEL (ACR X) THAT THIS IS NOT AN ISOLATED INCIDENT WITH ACR Y; AND IT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED BY THE AIRPORT ADMINISTRATOR.
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.