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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : crl|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 24000|
msl bound upper : 24000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zau|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Medium Large Transport, Low Wing, 2 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
pilot : commercial
pilot : flight engineer
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 6000
flight time type : 600
|Function||flight attendant : on duty|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : unable
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
First officer flying. F/a advised there appeared to be some buckling, bulging and separation of some overhead ceiling panels (non-structural) in the vicinity of seat 5A-B-C. Climb was stopped, lower altitude requested and reduction of differential pressure initiated. The seat belt sign was turned on, F/a's directed to return to seats and remain seated and company radio call to maintenance for history of similar or related problems. Experienced some difficulty in communicating with company maintenance personnel (internal communication priorities) and as a result of an unclear maintenance history (recent FAA ad had required a one-time inspection as a result of the air carrier Y incident) and further F/a observation of ceiling panels returning to original positions coincident with reduction in different pressure the decision to continue descent and make an unscheduled landing at dtw was made. Landing was uneventful, initial FAA and company investigation indicate no obvious structural problems. Aircraft has been impounded by FAA pending further investigation.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: DURING CLIMB CAB OBSERVED A SEPARATION IN CEILING PANELS ON AN ACR MLG. FLT CREW RECEIVED CLRNC FOR LOWER ALT TO REDUCE CABIN PRESSURE AND WHEN THIS CAUSED PANELS TO RETURN TO NORMAL THE ACFT DIVERTED TO ALTERNATE FOR INSPECTION.
Narrative: F/O FLYING. F/A ADVISED THERE APPEARED TO BE SOME BUCKLING, BULGING AND SEPARATION OF SOME OVERHEAD CEILING PANELS (NON-STRUCTURAL) IN THE VICINITY OF SEAT 5A-B-C. CLIMB WAS STOPPED, LOWER ALT REQUESTED AND REDUCTION OF DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE INITIATED. THE SEAT BELT SIGN WAS TURNED ON, F/A'S DIRECTED TO RETURN TO SEATS AND REMAIN SEATED AND COMPANY RADIO CALL TO MAINT FOR HISTORY OF SIMILAR OR RELATED PROBLEMS. EXPERIENCED SOME DIFFICULTY IN COMMUNICATING WITH COMPANY MAINT PERSONNEL (INTERNAL COMMUNICATION PRIORITIES) AND AS A RESULT OF AN UNCLEAR MAINT HISTORY (RECENT FAA AD HAD REQUIRED A ONE-TIME INSPECTION AS A RESULT OF THE ACR Y INCIDENT) AND FURTHER F/A OBSERVATION OF CEILING PANELS RETURNING TO ORIGINAL POSITIONS COINCIDENT WITH REDUCTION IN DIFFERENT PRESSURE THE DECISION TO CONTINUE DESCENT AND MAKE AN UNSCHEDULED LNDG AT DTW WAS MADE. LNDG WAS UNEVENTFUL, INITIAL FAA AND COMPANY INVESTIGATION INDICATE NO OBVIOUS STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS. ACFT HAS BEEN IMPOUNDED BY FAA PENDING FURTHER INVESTIGATION.
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.