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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : orw|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 15000|
msl bound upper : 15000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zbw|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Large Transport, Low Wing, 3 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 210|
flight time total : 16000
flight time type : 210
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : overcame equipment problem|
flight crew : declared emergency
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
During climbout from lga to bos, #2 engine fire warning activated. No abnormal indications were noted, but a precautionary shut down was initiated, and abnormal procedures accomplished. Nearing the halfway point to our boston destination, I elected to continue since it was the most suitable airport. Flight attendant briefing and request for fire crews was made. Flight was completed without incident.although there were no problems encountered with the precautionary shutdown, I feel I may not have appreciated the situation with enough intensity. Contributing factors were: an earlier fire warning and precautionary shut down was accomplished by another crew, with no finding by maintenance. It was a beautiful, sunny, clear day. The first officer was flying at the time of warning and during shutdown, leaving me as an observer co-ordinator. Not all bad, since I could oversee the operation. However, I may have had a sense of disbelief when the fire warning light failed to go out. In fact it did not even draw my attention when the light went out. I had just completed a simulator check plus a line check the prior week. Maybe I was numb. Simulating daylight conditions, with flashing fire handles might go a long way in getting my attention. P.south. This was my first actual shutdown due to fire warning in 22 years. 1-1/2 years as captain!
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ENGINE FIRE WARNING RESULTS IN INFLT ENGINE SHUTDOWN.
Narrative: DURING CLIMBOUT FROM LGA TO BOS, #2 ENG FIRE WARNING ACTIVATED. NO ABNORMAL INDICATIONS WERE NOTED, BUT A PRECAUTIONARY SHUT DOWN WAS INITIATED, AND ABNORMAL PROCEDURES ACCOMPLISHED. NEARING THE HALFWAY POINT TO OUR BOSTON DEST, I ELECTED TO CONTINUE SINCE IT WAS THE MOST SUITABLE ARPT. FLT ATTENDANT BRIEFING AND REQUEST FOR FIRE CREWS WAS MADE. FLT WAS COMPLETED WITHOUT INCIDENT.ALTHOUGH THERE WERE NO PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED WITH THE PRECAUTIONARY SHUTDOWN, I FEEL I MAY NOT HAVE APPRECIATED THE SITUATION WITH ENOUGH INTENSITY. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS WERE: AN EARLIER FIRE WARNING AND PRECAUTIONARY SHUT DOWN WAS ACCOMPLISHED BY ANOTHER CREW, WITH NO FINDING BY MAINT. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL, SUNNY, CLEAR DAY. THE F/O WAS FLYING AT THE TIME OF WARNING AND DURING SHUTDOWN, LEAVING ME AS AN OBSERVER CO-ORDINATOR. NOT ALL BAD, SINCE I COULD OVERSEE THE OPERATION. HOWEVER, I MAY HAVE HAD A SENSE OF DISBELIEF WHEN THE FIRE WARNING LIGHT FAILED TO GO OUT. IN FACT IT DID NOT EVEN DRAW MY ATTN WHEN THE LIGHT WENT OUT. I HAD JUST COMPLETED A SIMULATOR CHECK PLUS A LINE CHECK THE PRIOR WEEK. MAYBE I WAS NUMB. SIMULATING DAYLIGHT CONDITIONS, WITH FLASHING FIRE HANDLES MIGHT GO A LONG WAY IN GETTING MY ATTN. P.S. THIS WAS MY FIRST ACTUAL SHUTDOWN DUE TO FIRE WARNING IN 22 YEARS. 1-1/2 YEARS AS CAPT!
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.