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|airport : zzz.airport
|common carrier : air carrier
|Make Model Name
|Operating Under FAR Part
|cruise : level
|Route In Use
|enroute : atlantic
|company : air carrier
|flight crew : captain
oversight : pic
|pilot : atp
|company : air carrier
|flight attendant : on duty
|aircraft equipment problem : critical
maintenance problem : improper maintenance
non adherence : company policies
|other other : 2
|flight crew : diverted to another airport
Flight attendant informed me that all lavatories were filling up with one in coach overflowing. Controling dispatcher notified by ACARS who coordination with maintenance control. Within 1 hour; all coach lavatories were overfull and blocked off. The first class lavatory was rapidly approaching overflow. With coordination with the dispatcher; the decision was made to divert to ZZZ as an unsanitary condition now existed with over 3 hours of flight time remaining. The flight was svced at ZZZ and proceeded to the original destination arriving 44 mins late. We believe that all lavatories were not dumped and/or oversvced in europe. The possibilities of a leak in the lavatory system and a problem with the lavatory servicing system also existed. Review lavatory servicing procedures with ground personnel. As there is no waste level gauge on the B757 it is next to impossible for the crew to identify an oversvced or potential overflow condition.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B757-200 DIVERTS TO AN INTERMEDIATE STATION FOR SERVICING OF OVERFLOWING LAVATORIES.
Narrative: FLT ATTENDANT INFORMED ME THAT ALL LAVATORIES WERE FILLING UP WITH ONE IN COACH OVERFLOWING. CTLING DISPATCHER NOTIFIED BY ACARS WHO COORD WITH MAINT CTL. WITHIN 1 HR; ALL COACH LAVATORIES WERE OVERFULL AND BLOCKED OFF. THE FIRST CLASS LAVATORY WAS RAPIDLY APCHING OVERFLOW. WITH COORD WITH THE DISPATCHER; THE DECISION WAS MADE TO DIVERT TO ZZZ AS AN UNSANITARY CONDITION NOW EXISTED WITH OVER 3 HRS OF FLT TIME REMAINING. THE FLT WAS SVCED AT ZZZ AND PROCEEDED TO THE ORIGINAL DEST ARRIVING 44 MINS LATE. WE BELIEVE THAT ALL LAVATORIES WERE NOT DUMPED AND/OR OVERSVCED IN EUROPE. THE POSSIBILITIES OF A LEAK IN THE LAVATORY SYS AND A PROB WITH THE LAVATORY SVCING SYS ALSO EXISTED. REVIEW LAVATORY SVCING PROCS WITH GND PERSONNEL. AS THERE IS NO WASTE LEVEL GAUGE ON THE B757 IT IS NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE CREW TO IDENT AN OVERSVCED OR POTENTIAL OVERFLOW CONDITION.
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.