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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : ord|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Large Transport, Low Wing, 3 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
ground : preflight
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 240|
flight time total : 12000
flight time type : 7000
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : unspecified|
other flight crewa
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
Flight was fueled with 5000 pounds fuel in aft auxiliary fuel tank. Gauge did not show it and we didn't catch the fact that it was fueled. On takeoff gross weight was 6000 pounds below maximum structural so no problem on takeoff or over gross landing problem. But fuel is required to be burned out first after takeoff. Since we didn't realize it was in aircraft we didn't and with a zero quantity indication, someone could have gotten this aircraft and been 5000 pounds heavier than planned if no one caught inoperative gauge. We caught it on next leg due to incorrect totalizer reading. By 5000 pounds maintenance deferred totalizer thinking it was out of caliber due to 5000 pounds discrepancy of gauges.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ACR LGT DEP ORD WITH 5000 POUNDS MORE FUEL THAN WAS INDICATED ON THE WEIGHT AND BALANCE. MAINTENANCE SAW THE DIFFERENTIAL BEFORE DEP BUT THOUGHT THERE WAS AN INOPERATIVE FUEL TOTALIZER.
Narrative: FLT WAS FUELED WITH 5000 LBS FUEL IN AFT AUX FUEL TANK. GAUGE DID NOT SHOW IT AND WE DIDN'T CATCH THE FACT THAT IT WAS FUELED. ON TKOF GROSS WEIGHT WAS 6000 LBS BELOW MAX STRUCTURAL SO NO PROB ON TKOF OR OVER GROSS LNDG PROB. BUT FUEL IS REQUIRED TO BE BURNED OUT FIRST AFTER TKOF. SINCE WE DIDN'T REALIZE IT WAS IN ACFT WE DIDN'T AND WITH A ZERO QUANTITY INDICATION, SOMEONE COULD HAVE GOTTEN THIS ACFT AND BEEN 5000 LBS HEAVIER THAN PLANNED IF NO ONE CAUGHT INOP GAUGE. WE CAUGHT IT ON NEXT LEG DUE TO INCORRECT TOTALIZER READING. BY 5000 LBS MAINT DEFERRED TOTALIZER THINKING IT WAS OUT OF CALIBER DUE TO 5000 LBS DISCREPANCY OF GAUGES.
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.