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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : lax.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B757-200|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground : taxi|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 230|
flight time total : 18000
flight time type : 3000
|Anomaly||conflict : ground critical|
non adherence : published procedure
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : took precautionary avoidance action|
While taxiing wbound on taxiway C there was a large semi size fuel truck wbound to our left on airport access road that parallels taxiway C. Between txwys south and C2 the fuel truck made a hard right turn onto a crossing access road directly in front of us. The fuel truck managed to get a good ways on to taxiway C before coming to a stop; forcing me to make a fairly rapid stop in order to avoid hitting the truck. Once stopped we informed ground that we were stopped and that a large orange fuel truck had turned and crossed in front of us. Ground responded that he could see that we were stopped and that the fuel truck was in the way. We then called the flight attendants to make sure there were no injuries; which there were not and to let them know what had happened. The fuel truck managed to back up off taxiway C and we then proceeded west on taxiway C. We could hear ground talk to city operations and it appeared that they had dispatched a car to chase down the truck. I am not aware of the fuel load status of the fuel truck but as one might guess; a collision with a large fuel truck could be a catastrophic event!
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B757 CAPT REPORTS ABRUPT STOP TO AVOID FUEL TRUCK ENTERING TXWY C NEAR S AT LAX.
Narrative: WHILE TAXIING WBOUND ON TXWY C THERE WAS A LARGE SEMI SIZE FUEL TRUCK WBOUND TO OUR L ON ARPT ACCESS ROAD THAT PARALLELS TXWY C. BTWN TXWYS S AND C2 THE FUEL TRUCK MADE A HARD R TURN ONTO A XING ACCESS ROAD DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF US. THE FUEL TRUCK MANAGED TO GET A GOOD WAYS ON TO TXWY C BEFORE COMING TO A STOP; FORCING ME TO MAKE A FAIRLY RAPID STOP IN ORDER TO AVOID HITTING THE TRUCK. ONCE STOPPED WE INFORMED GND THAT WE WERE STOPPED AND THAT A LARGE ORANGE FUEL TRUCK HAD TURNED AND CROSSED IN FRONT OF US. GND RESPONDED THAT HE COULD SEE THAT WE WERE STOPPED AND THAT THE FUEL TRUCK WAS IN THE WAY. WE THEN CALLED THE FLT ATTENDANTS TO MAKE SURE THERE WERE NO INJURIES; WHICH THERE WERE NOT AND TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT HAD HAPPENED. THE FUEL TRUCK MANAGED TO BACK UP OFF TXWY C AND WE THEN PROCEEDED W ON TXWY C. WE COULD HEAR GND TALK TO CITY OPS AND IT APPEARED THAT THEY HAD DISPATCHED A CAR TO CHASE DOWN THE TRUCK. I AM NOT AWARE OF THE FUEL LOAD STATUS OF THE FUEL TRUCK BUT AS ONE MIGHT GUESS; A COLLISION WITH A LARGE FUEL TRUCK COULD BE A CATASTROPHIC EVENT!
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.