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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : ord|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 23000|
msl bound upper : 23000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zau|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Large Transport, Low Wing, 3 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute airway : zau|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 90|
flight time total : 8595
flight time type : 4764
|Function||flight crew : second officer|
|Qualification||pilot : flight engineer|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : anomaly accepted
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
Aircraft sat on ramp at dsm overnight with temperature getting down to -6 degrees F. Aircraft was deiced 30 mins prior to scheduled departure to remove frost. It started snowing just after deicing, then ATC delayed our departure 35 mins due to flow control into ord. I had aircraft deiced a second time prior to takeoff at XA29. Cruise altitude for the leg to ord was FL230. Shortly after passing dbq VOR the F/east reported he had a fuel icing warning light on #3. Fuel temperature was approximately -6 degrees C. He applied fuel heat but warning light remained illuminated. We know fuel heat was operating normally because we got the rise in #3 oil temperature. Fuel heat was left on for rest of flight but warning light never did go out. It did flicker some during descent for landing. Icing of the fuel didn't seem to me to be the problem since the fuel heat didn't put the warning light out. I suspected the fuel may be contaminated. After reviewing the large transport operating manual I thought it said if the light didn't go out 'land at the nearest suitable airport.' upon later review (after landing) the book requires that action if 2 icing lights are illuminated. Anyway, I didn't know the extent of the suspected fuel contamination problem so exercised my emergency authority and requested priority handling from chi center. I declared an aircraft emergency to get the aircraft on the ground as soon as possible. A vector direct to the O'hare airport was received and a visual approach to runway 27L was accomplished. An uneventful landing was made and taxi to the gate was normal.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ACR LGT ENCOUNTERED POSSIBLE FUEL CONTAMINATION IN ONE ENGINE AND DECLARED EMERGENCY FOR EXPEDITIOUS LNDG.
Narrative: ACFT SAT ON RAMP AT DSM OVERNIGHT WITH TEMP GETTING DOWN TO -6 DEGS F. ACFT WAS DEICED 30 MINS PRIOR TO SCHEDULED DEP TO REMOVE FROST. IT STARTED SNOWING JUST AFTER DEICING, THEN ATC DELAYED OUR DEP 35 MINS DUE TO FLOW CTL INTO ORD. I HAD ACFT DEICED A SECOND TIME PRIOR TO TKOF AT XA29. CRUISE ALT FOR THE LEG TO ORD WAS FL230. SHORTLY AFTER PASSING DBQ VOR THE F/E RPTED HE HAD A FUEL ICING WARNING LIGHT ON #3. FUEL TEMP WAS APPROX -6 DEGS C. HE APPLIED FUEL HEAT BUT WARNING LIGHT REMAINED ILLUMINATED. WE KNOW FUEL HEAT WAS OPERATING NORMALLY BECAUSE WE GOT THE RISE IN #3 OIL TEMP. FUEL HEAT WAS LEFT ON FOR REST OF FLT BUT WARNING LIGHT NEVER DID GO OUT. IT DID FLICKER SOME DURING DSCNT FOR LNDG. ICING OF THE FUEL DIDN'T SEEM TO ME TO BE THE PROB SINCE THE FUEL HEAT DIDN'T PUT THE WARNING LIGHT OUT. I SUSPECTED THE FUEL MAY BE CONTAMINATED. AFTER REVIEWING THE LGT OPERATING MANUAL I THOUGHT IT SAID IF THE LIGHT DIDN'T GO OUT 'LAND AT THE NEAREST SUITABLE ARPT.' UPON LATER REVIEW (AFTER LNDG) THE BOOK REQUIRES THAT ACTION IF 2 ICING LIGHTS ARE ILLUMINATED. ANYWAY, I DIDN'T KNOW THE EXTENT OF THE SUSPECTED FUEL CONTAMINATION PROB SO EXERCISED MY EMER AUTHORITY AND REQUESTED PRIORITY HANDLING FROM CHI CENTER. I DECLARED AN ACFT EMER TO GET THE ACFT ON THE GND ASAP. A VECTOR DIRECT TO THE O'HARE ARPT WAS RECEIVED AND A VISUAL APCH TO RWY 27L WAS ACCOMPLISHED. AN UNEVENTFUL LNDG WAS MADE AND TAXI TO THE GATE WAS NORMAL.
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.