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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 38000|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zzz.artcc|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Regional Jet 700 ER&LR|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 180|
flight time total : 18000
flight time type : 3400
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : eicas|
other flight crewa
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : took evasive action|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
At FL380; I instructed the first officer to put on his oxygen mask before I stood up to go to the lavatory. I stood up after he had his oxygen mask on and bumped my head; but didn't think anything about it because it was not the proverbial battery master switch. After looking through the peep-hole; I turned and immediately saw the cabin pressure rising and sat back down; put on my oxygen mask; established communications with my first officer; and immediately advised ATC that we needed to descend. We were granted FL340; then FL240; then 10000 ft. At FL240; the cabin altitude caution message illuminated. Through FL200; the cabin altitude warning message illuminated. We saw pressure rising quickly and approaching the 14500 ft mark. Passenger oxygen light illuminated. I made a PA to the passenger (flight attendant commented that was illegible). At 10000 ft; with all emergency depressurization checklists done; we had time to see that the bleeds were closed via the EFIS. I asked the first officer if he closed the bleeds during the checklist. First officer said 'no; it's not part of the checklist.' I reopened bleeds to 'automatic' (normal setting) to pressurize while at 10000 ft. I realized that I probably closed the bleeds when I hit my head -- apparently on the bleed valve knob. I made a PA again updating the passenger and flight attendants that all was normal as normal could be with passenger oxygen masks deployed. We contacted dispatch with the situation and agreed with dispatch to continue to destination at 10000 ft. Landing was normal. Advised maintenance and operations after landing.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: CRJ700 CAPT REPORTS BUMPING HIS HEAD AND INADVERTENTLY TURNING OFF BLEED VALVES; CAUSING CABIN DEPRESSURIZATION.
Narrative: AT FL380; I INSTRUCTED THE FO TO PUT ON HIS OXYGEN MASK BEFORE I STOOD UP TO GO TO THE LAVATORY. I STOOD UP AFTER HE HAD HIS OXYGEN MASK ON AND BUMPED MY HEAD; BUT DIDN'T THINK ANYTHING ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT WAS NOT THE PROVERBIAL BATTERY MASTER SWITCH. AFTER LOOKING THROUGH THE PEEP-HOLE; I TURNED AND IMMEDIATELY SAW THE CABIN PRESSURE RISING AND SAT BACK DOWN; PUT ON MY OXYGEN MASK; ESTABLISHED COMS WITH MY FO; AND IMMEDIATELY ADVISED ATC THAT WE NEEDED TO DSND. WE WERE GRANTED FL340; THEN FL240; THEN 10000 FT. AT FL240; THE CABIN ALT CAUTION MESSAGE ILLUMINATED. THROUGH FL200; THE CABIN ALT WARNING MESSAGE ILLUMINATED. WE SAW PRESSURE RISING QUICKLY AND APCHING THE 14500 FT MARK. PAX OXYGEN LIGHT ILLUMINATED. I MADE A PA TO THE PAX (FLT ATTENDANT COMMENTED THAT WAS ILLEGIBLE). AT 10000 FT; WITH ALL EMER DEPRESSURIZATION CHKLISTS DONE; WE HAD TIME TO SEE THAT THE BLEEDS WERE CLOSED VIA THE EFIS. I ASKED THE FO IF HE CLOSED THE BLEEDS DURING THE CHKLIST. FO SAID 'NO; IT'S NOT PART OF THE CHKLIST.' I REOPENED BLEEDS TO 'AUTO' (NORMAL SETTING) TO PRESSURIZE WHILE AT 10000 FT. I REALIZED THAT I PROBABLY CLOSED THE BLEEDS WHEN I HIT MY HEAD -- APPARENTLY ON THE BLEED VALVE KNOB. I MADE A PA AGAIN UPDATING THE PAX AND FLT ATTENDANTS THAT ALL WAS NORMAL AS NORMAL COULD BE WITH PAX OXYGEN MASKS DEPLOYED. WE CONTACTED DISPATCH WITH THE SITUATION AND AGREED WITH DISPATCH TO CONTINUE TO DEST AT 10000 FT. LNDG WAS NORMAL. ADVISED MAINT AND OPS AFTER LNDG.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of May 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.