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|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Regional Jet 200 ER&LR|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
ground : parked
ground : maintenance
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 180|
flight time total : 7500
flight time type : 6000
|Function||flight attendant : on duty|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
maintenance problem : improper maintenance
non adherence : published procedure
non adherence : company policies
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
flight crew : overcame equipment problem
ZZZ contract maintenance arrived to fix a flaps failure from the previous crew. While maintenance was finishing the paperwork the first officer found hydraulic fluid leaking from under the right side; outboard flap; inboard actuator. He notified maintenance while I was at the gate. Maintenance told him that he knew about it and we both know it's not right; but hydraulics leak. When I returned; maintenance showed me the logbook and said I had a good plane. The first officer informed me of the leak and I called ZZZ2 maintenance control with a new discrepancy. Contract maintenance returned and seemed upset. He said he knew about it and walked off. I called ZZZ2 maintenance control and explained how a level of trust has been broken. Contract maintenance said the leak is of no concern. I took a flashlight and found a steady drip of fluid with a 1 ft diameter puddle on the ground. After ZZZ2 maintenance control spoke with him; contract maintenance had a change of heart. He fixed the leak and kept me briefed. Found the safety wire installed backwards and a connection loose. A chief pilot was notified and a report was submitted. This is a huge safety concern when maintenance will not even look. We cannot continue this level of maintenance service in ZZZ. It is unprofessional when maintenance will not even check out a leak and then call it good. I was able to locate the leak by using a flashlight in less than 5 mins. We need to find maintenance that is willing to work all the time and not overlook problems. He should have removed himself from duty if he was too stressed to work.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A CRJ200 PILOT SEES A HYD LEAK THAT CONTRACT MAINT WILL NOT FIX. THE ACR MAINT CTL DIRECTS IT. AN INCORRECTLY SAFETIED AND LOOSE CONNECTION WAS FOUND.
Narrative: ZZZ CONTRACT MAINT ARRIVED TO FIX A FLAPS FAILURE FROM THE PREVIOUS CREW. WHILE MAINT WAS FINISHING THE PAPERWORK THE FO FOUND HYD FLUID LEAKING FROM UNDER THE R SIDE; OUTBOARD FLAP; INBOARD ACTUATOR. HE NOTIFIED MAINT WHILE I WAS AT THE GATE. MAINT TOLD HIM THAT HE KNEW ABOUT IT AND WE BOTH KNOW IT'S NOT RIGHT; BUT HYDS LEAK. WHEN I RETURNED; MAINT SHOWED ME THE LOGBOOK AND SAID I HAD A GOOD PLANE. THE FO INFORMED ME OF THE LEAK AND I CALLED ZZZ2 MAINT CTL WITH A NEW DISCREPANCY. CONTRACT MAINT RETURNED AND SEEMED UPSET. HE SAID HE KNEW ABOUT IT AND WALKED OFF. I CALLED ZZZ2 MAINT CTL AND EXPLAINED HOW A LEVEL OF TRUST HAS BEEN BROKEN. CONTRACT MAINT SAID THE LEAK IS OF NO CONCERN. I TOOK A FLASHLIGHT AND FOUND A STEADY DRIP OF FLUID WITH A 1 FT DIAMETER PUDDLE ON THE GND. AFTER ZZZ2 MAINT CTL SPOKE WITH HIM; CONTRACT MAINT HAD A CHANGE OF HEART. HE FIXED THE LEAK AND KEPT ME BRIEFED. FOUND THE SAFETY WIRE INSTALLED BACKWARDS AND A CONNECTION LOOSE. A CHIEF PLT WAS NOTIFIED AND A RPT WAS SUBMITTED. THIS IS A HUGE SAFETY CONCERN WHEN MAINT WILL NOT EVEN LOOK. WE CANNOT CONTINUE THIS LEVEL OF MAINT SVC IN ZZZ. IT IS UNPROFESSIONAL WHEN MAINT WILL NOT EVEN CHK OUT A LEAK AND THEN CALL IT GOOD. I WAS ABLE TO LOCATE THE LEAK BY USING A FLASHLIGHT IN LESS THAN 5 MINS. WE NEED TO FIND MAINT THAT IS WILLING TO WORK ALL THE TIME AND NOT OVERLOOK PROBS. HE SHOULD HAVE REMOVED HIMSELF FROM DUTY IF HE WAS TOO STRESSED TO WORK.
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.