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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : nc15|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport, Low Wing, 2 Recip Eng|
|Flight Phase||ground : parked|
ground : preflight
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 125|
flight time total : 8400
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|Airport||procedure or policy : unspecified|
Flew reciprocating small transport nonstop oshkosh, wi to statesville, nc. It was a rather congested traffic area with 2 small aircraft's, an mdt, and I in the small transport all arriving on the ramp at the same time. As I stopped the engines, the guys with the freight I was to pick up were right there and I began loading, which only took a few mins. While I was loading the gas man came up and asked what I needed. I told him and he began to fuel while I began doing paperwork. All the while the mdt was idling on the opp side of the ramp while passenger were loading up. Also, there was some guy asking about the airplane and generally shooting the breeze while I was doing paperwork. I went in the FBO office to file a flight plan back to warsaw, wi. While I was dialing the phone the lineman came up with the fuel grill. I looked at the bill and it said jet fuel. I said, 'you really didn't put jet fuel in that airplane, did you?!' the lineman said, 'yes.' I went out to doublechk it. The main tanks were inconclusive (later it was figured to have 35 gals in the 99 gal tank). The outboards, however, left no doubt as to what was in there. The next 3 hours were spent draining and flushing the fuel system. Factors were several. One was the lineman already in the jet truck to make a big sale to the mdt. The biggest factor was that the lineman filled turbine powered small transport's on a regular basis. Also, the jet fuel truck really didn't attract attention. It was a small white unit with a silver tank and a small sign '100LL.' the 2 of them side-by-side looked almost identical.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: RECIPROCATING POWERED ACFT IS FUELED WITH JET A FUEL.
Narrative: FLEW RECIPROCATING SMT NONSTOP OSHKOSH, WI TO STATESVILLE, NC. IT WAS A RATHER CONGESTED TFC AREA WITH 2 SMA'S, AN MDT, AND I IN THE SMT ALL ARRIVING ON THE RAMP AT THE SAME TIME. AS I STOPPED THE ENGS, THE GUYS WITH THE FREIGHT I WAS TO PICK UP WERE RIGHT THERE AND I BEGAN LOADING, WHICH ONLY TOOK A FEW MINS. WHILE I WAS LOADING THE GAS MAN CAME UP AND ASKED WHAT I NEEDED. I TOLD HIM AND HE BEGAN TO FUEL WHILE I BEGAN DOING PAPERWORK. ALL THE WHILE THE MDT WAS IDLING ON THE OPP SIDE OF THE RAMP WHILE PAX WERE LOADING UP. ALSO, THERE WAS SOME GUY ASKING ABOUT THE AIRPLANE AND GENERALLY SHOOTING THE BREEZE WHILE I WAS DOING PAPERWORK. I WENT IN THE FBO OFFICE TO FILE A FLT PLAN BACK TO WARSAW, WI. WHILE I WAS DIALING THE PHONE THE LINEMAN CAME UP WITH THE FUEL GRILL. I LOOKED AT THE BILL AND IT SAID JET FUEL. I SAID, 'YOU REALLY DIDN'T PUT JET FUEL IN THAT AIRPLANE, DID YOU?!' THE LINEMAN SAID, 'YES.' I WENT OUT TO DOUBLECHK IT. THE MAIN TANKS WERE INCONCLUSIVE (LATER IT WAS FIGURED TO HAVE 35 GALS IN THE 99 GAL TANK). THE OUTBOARDS, HOWEVER, LEFT NO DOUBT AS TO WHAT WAS IN THERE. THE NEXT 3 HRS WERE SPENT DRAINING AND FLUSHING THE FUEL SYS. FACTORS WERE SEVERAL. ONE WAS THE LINEMAN ALREADY IN THE JET TRUCK TO MAKE A BIG SALE TO THE MDT. THE BIGGEST FACTOR WAS THAT THE LINEMAN FILLED TURBINE POWERED SMT'S ON A REGULAR BASIS. ALSO, THE JET FUEL TRUCK REALLY DIDN'T ATTRACT ATTN. IT WAS A SMALL WHITE UNIT WITH A SILVER TANK AND A SMALL SIGN '100LL.' THE 2 OF THEM SIDE-BY-SIDE LOOKED ALMOST IDENTICAL.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 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.