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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : dfw.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B737 Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground : taxi|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Anomaly||conflict : ground critical|
non adherence : published procedure
non adherence : company policies
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
I stopped my aircraft because people (ie; 2 ramp personnel) were in the aircraft protected area. They remained stationary in the protected area; one on each wing lined up with the #1 and #2 engines. I contacted ramp control and requested they move; I was fearful for their life. After the flight; I spoke with the crew chief and expressed my concerns. He basically blew me off. This was potentially very dangerous and could have been a fatal event. The time of this event was 5 mins prior to brakes parked. In addition; we encountered a 5 min parking delay. Recommendation: 1) ensure ramp personnel are briefed on the hazards of being in the protected area when an aircraft is being parked. If on a slight upward slope; and the captain has to goose the engine throttles to keep the aircraft moving and a fellow employee is near the engine intake; that person could be sucked into the intake; which could be fatal. Ramp personnel are accustomed to being around aircraft on a daily basis; and they become complacent. The B737; with the low hanging engine; creates a potentially fatal threat.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A B737 CAPTAIN REPORTED TWO RAMP PERSONNEL DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO HIS ENGINES ON TAXI IN AT DFW.
Narrative: I STOPPED MY ACFT BECAUSE PEOPLE (IE; 2 RAMP PERSONNEL) WERE IN THE ACFT PROTECTED AREA. THEY REMAINED STATIONARY IN THE PROTECTED AREA; ONE ON EACH WING LINED UP WITH THE #1 AND #2 ENGS. I CONTACTED RAMP CTL AND REQUESTED THEY MOVE; I WAS FEARFUL FOR THEIR LIFE. AFTER THE FLT; I SPOKE WITH THE CREW CHIEF AND EXPRESSED MY CONCERNS. HE BASICALLY BLEW ME OFF. THIS WAS POTENTIALLY VERY DANGEROUS AND COULD HAVE BEEN A FATAL EVENT. THE TIME OF THIS EVENT WAS 5 MINS PRIOR TO BRAKES PARKED. IN ADDITION; WE ENCOUNTERED A 5 MIN PARKING DELAY. RECOMMENDATION: 1) ENSURE RAMP PERSONNEL ARE BRIEFED ON THE HAZARDS OF BEING IN THE PROTECTED AREA WHEN AN ACFT IS BEING PARKED. IF ON A SLIGHT UPWARD SLOPE; AND THE CAPT HAS TO GOOSE THE ENG THROTTLES TO KEEP THE ACFT MOVING AND A FELLOW EMPLOYEE IS NEAR THE ENG INTAKE; THAT PERSON COULD BE SUCKED INTO THE INTAKE; WHICH COULD BE FATAL. RAMP PERSONNEL ARE ACCUSTOMED TO BEING AROUND ACFT ON A DAILY BASIS; AND THEY BECOME COMPLACENT. THE B737; WITH THE LOW HANGING ENG; CREATES A POTENTIALLY FATAL THREAT.
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.