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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0001 To 0600|
|Locale Reference||airport : ord.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 : 90|
flight time total : 16000
flight time type : 3000
|Anomaly||ground encounters : vehicle|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : took evasive action|
During arrival at gate; the area was scanned and clear of all personnel; and all equipment was behind the painted lines. While approaching the gate and adhering to instructions from guidance; a baggage cart was suddenly in front of the aircraft. I aggressively applied brakes to avoid a collision. No collision occurred and no one was injured on the aircraft as a result of my braking action. I contacted dispatch; the flight manager; and the ramp supervisor. The guide man involved also joined in on the debriefing and stated he was taken by surprise as well. The baggage cart was pulled by a tug which he never saw.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B757-200 CAPTAIN AGGRESSIVELY APPLIES BRAKES WHEN A BAGGAGE CART APPEARED SUDDENLY WHILE APPROACHING THE GATE; THE AREA WAS CLEAR WHEN PARKING BEGAN.
Narrative: DURING ARR AT GATE; THE AREA WAS SCANNED AND CLEAR OF ALL PERSONNEL; AND ALL EQUIP WAS BEHIND THE PAINTED LINES. WHILE APCHING THE GATE AND ADHERING TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM GUIDANCE; A BAGGAGE CART WAS SUDDENLY IN FRONT OF THE ACFT. I AGGRESSIVELY APPLIED BRAKES TO AVOID A COLLISION. NO COLLISION OCCURRED AND NO ONE WAS INJURED ON THE ACFT AS A RESULT OF MY BRAKING ACTION. I CONTACTED DISPATCH; THE FLT MGR; AND THE RAMP SUPVR. THE GUIDE MAN INVOLVED ALSO JOINED IN ON THE DEBRIEFING AND STATED HE WAS TAKEN BY SURPRISE AS WELL. THE BAGGAGE CART WAS PULLED BY A TUG WHICH HE NEVER SAW.
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.