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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : den|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||tower : bil|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Medium Large Transport|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 6000
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
non adherence : published procedure
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : unspecified|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
Upon receiving aircraft for first flight of the day a normal preflight inspection was conducted by the first officer. First officer noticed maintenance was working on the right/H. Main landing gear brake fan. Passenger were boarded and maintenance advised myself that they were going to MEL the brake fan. The logbook was signed and aircraft released from maintenance. Everything was normal until the gear was selected up after takeoff. The right/H gear (red light) not in position selected light remained on. The abnormal checklist was consulted and crew elected to return to the field. Aircraft returned to the gate where maintenance inspected the right/H gear and found that they forgot to secure the gear door in the correct position. The mechanics involved were experienced people who were rushed to get the flight out on time. As the gear was retracted, but the gear door was not, aircraft performance was not significantly effected. However, it is the emphasis to get the flight out on time that may be detracting from the safety and thoroughness of maintenance procedures. To prevent this particular occurrence from happening again I am determined to re-check maintenance's positioning of the gear doors whenever work has occurred on tires or brakes.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: LNDG GEAR DOOR POSITIONED IMPROPERLY BY AIRLINE MAINTENANCE.
Narrative: UPON RECEIVING ACFT FOR FIRST FLT OF THE DAY A NORMAL PREFLT INSPECTION WAS CONDUCTED BY THE F/O. F/O NOTICED MAINT WAS WORKING ON THE R/H. MAIN LNDG GEAR BRAKE FAN. PAX WERE BOARDED AND MAINT ADVISED MYSELF THAT THEY WERE GOING TO MEL THE BRAKE FAN. THE LOGBOOK WAS SIGNED AND ACFT RELEASED FROM MAINT. EVERYTHING WAS NORMAL UNTIL THE GEAR WAS SELECTED UP AFTER TKOF. THE R/H GEAR (RED LIGHT) NOT IN POSITION SELECTED LIGHT REMAINED ON. THE ABNORMAL CHECKLIST WAS CONSULTED AND CREW ELECTED TO RETURN TO THE FIELD. ACFT RETURNED TO THE GATE WHERE MAINT INSPECTED THE R/H GEAR AND FOUND THAT THEY FORGOT TO SECURE THE GEAR DOOR IN THE CORRECT POSITION. THE MECHANICS INVOLVED WERE EXPERIENCED PEOPLE WHO WERE RUSHED TO GET THE FLT OUT ON TIME. AS THE GEAR WAS RETRACTED, BUT THE GEAR DOOR WAS NOT, ACFT PERFORMANCE WAS NOT SIGNIFICANTLY EFFECTED. HOWEVER, IT IS THE EMPHASIS TO GET THE FLT OUT ON TIME THAT MAY BE DETRACTING FROM THE SAFETY AND THOROUGHNESS OF MAINT PROCEDURES. TO PREVENT THIS PARTICULAR OCCURRENCE FROM HAPPENING AGAIN I AM DETERMINED TO RE-CHECK MAINT'S POSITIONING OF THE GEAR DOORS WHENEVER WORK HAS OCCURRED ON TIRES OR BRAKES.
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.