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|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B737-700|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 120|
flight time type : 120
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 245|
flight time type : 11100
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : stab out of tram light|
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|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
flight crew : diverted to another airport
flight crew : landed in emergency condition
On flight ZZZ1-ZZZ2; we initiated our descent into ZZZ2. Upon vacating our cruise altitude; the 'stabilizer out of trim' light illuminated. We had noted a repeat write-up on this light prior to our departure from ZZZ1. We completed the 'stabilizer out of trim' QRH checklist. After disconnecting the 'B' autoplt; per the QRH; we discovered neither pilot's control yoke electric trim switches operated. From this conclusion; the QRH directed us to the 'stabilizer trim inoperative' QRH checklist. We confirmed that the manual trim operated normally and that no circuit breakers were popped. Maintenance control and dispatch were contacted over the radio and advised of our malfunction and the checklists being run. At this time we elected a ZZZ diversion due to the flaps 15 degree landing. Dispatch sent us non-normal landing data via ACARS. The captain declared an emergency with approach and requested a long final. The captain advised the cabin crew that our electric trim was not operating; but our manual trim system worked normally. He informed them of our decision to divert to ZZZ for the longer runway and approach segment. He told the flight attendants we would be landing in 20-25 mins and the landing itself would be normal with no special instructions necessary. Following this brief; he gave a PA to the passenger informing them of our decision to go to ZZZ and that a portion of our trim system was not operating properly; but that our manual trim system operated normally. We had an uneventful flaps 15 degree approach and landing. We were provided with a long final and ample time to configure early per the checklist. The landing was normal with no unusual attitudes or descent rates. Upon exiting; tower queried us as to whether we needed further assistance. We informed them we did not; and taxied to the gate and deplaned. After the passenger deplaned; the captain gave the flight attendants a debrief and was told that there had not been any adverse passenger reaction to the diversion. The captain then phoned scheduling following a call to the operations duty officer to determine what was planned for the following day. Scheduling asked if we were willing to waive our 8 hours to fly to ZZZ2. The duty day was scheduled at 12 hours 18 mins with 7 hours 32 block time. When we arrived at the gate; we had flown 8 hours 11 mins and had been on duty; less release time of 12 hours 34 mins. Adding check-in times; I had been on duty for 6 mins shy of 14 hours. We decided we were done in ZZZ.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A B737-700 STAB TRIM MOTOR FAILED AT THE START OF THE ARRIVAL DSCNT. AN EMER WAS DECLARED AND THE FLT DIVERTED TO A NEARBY ARPT WITH A LONG RWY.
Narrative: ON FLT ZZZ1-ZZZ2; WE INITIATED OUR DSCNT INTO ZZZ2. UPON VACATING OUR CRUISE ALT; THE 'STABILIZER OUT OF TRIM' LIGHT ILLUMINATED. WE HAD NOTED A REPEAT WRITE-UP ON THIS LIGHT PRIOR TO OUR DEP FROM ZZZ1. WE COMPLETED THE 'STABILIZER OUT OF TRIM' QRH CHKLIST. AFTER DISCONNECTING THE 'B' AUTOPLT; PER THE QRH; WE DISCOVERED NEITHER PLT'S CTL YOKE ELECTRIC TRIM SWITCHES OPERATED. FROM THIS CONCLUSION; THE QRH DIRECTED US TO THE 'STABILIZER TRIM INOP' QRH CHKLIST. WE CONFIRMED THAT THE MANUAL TRIM OPERATED NORMALLY AND THAT NO CIRCUIT BREAKERS WERE POPPED. MAINT CTL AND DISPATCH WERE CONTACTED OVER THE RADIO AND ADVISED OF OUR MALFUNCTION AND THE CHKLISTS BEING RUN. AT THIS TIME WE ELECTED A ZZZ DIVERSION DUE TO THE FLAPS 15 DEG LNDG. DISPATCH SENT US NON-NORMAL LNDG DATA VIA ACARS. THE CAPT DECLARED AN EMER WITH APCH AND REQUESTED A LONG FINAL. THE CAPT ADVISED THE CABIN CREW THAT OUR ELECTRIC TRIM WAS NOT OPERATING; BUT OUR MANUAL TRIM SYS WORKED NORMALLY. HE INFORMED THEM OF OUR DECISION TO DIVERT TO ZZZ FOR THE LONGER RWY AND APCH SEGMENT. HE TOLD THE FLT ATTENDANTS WE WOULD BE LNDG IN 20-25 MINS AND THE LNDG ITSELF WOULD BE NORMAL WITH NO SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS NECESSARY. FOLLOWING THIS BRIEF; HE GAVE A PA TO THE PAX INFORMING THEM OF OUR DECISION TO GO TO ZZZ AND THAT A PORTION OF OUR TRIM SYS WAS NOT OPERATING PROPERLY; BUT THAT OUR MANUAL TRIM SYS OPERATED NORMALLY. WE HAD AN UNEVENTFUL FLAPS 15 DEG APCH AND LNDG. WE WERE PROVIDED WITH A LONG FINAL AND AMPLE TIME TO CONFIGURE EARLY PER THE CHKLIST. THE LNDG WAS NORMAL WITH NO UNUSUAL ATTITUDES OR DSCNT RATES. UPON EXITING; TWR QUERIED US AS TO WHETHER WE NEEDED FURTHER ASSISTANCE. WE INFORMED THEM WE DID NOT; AND TAXIED TO THE GATE AND DEPLANED. AFTER THE PAX DEPLANED; THE CAPT GAVE THE FLT ATTENDANTS A DEBRIEF AND WAS TOLD THAT THERE HAD NOT BEEN ANY ADVERSE PAX REACTION TO THE DIVERSION. THE CAPT THEN PHONED SCHEDULING FOLLOWING A CALL TO THE OPS DUTY OFFICER TO DETERMINE WHAT WAS PLANNED FOR THE FOLLOWING DAY. SCHEDULING ASKED IF WE WERE WILLING TO WAIVE OUR 8 HRS TO FLY TO ZZZ2. THE DUTY DAY WAS SCHEDULED AT 12 HRS 18 MINS WITH 7 HRS 32 BLOCK TIME. WHEN WE ARRIVED AT THE GATE; WE HAD FLOWN 8 HRS 11 MINS AND HAD BEEN ON DUTY; LESS RELEASE TIME OF 12 HRS 34 MINS. ADDING CHK-IN TIMES; I HAD BEEN ON DUTY FOR 6 MINS SHY OF 14 HRS. WE DECIDED WE WERE DONE IN ZZZ.
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.