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Safety Recommendation Report: Improving Pilot and Aviation Medical Examiner Knowledge of Cataract Hazards

Executive Summary

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is providing the following information to urge the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) to take action on the safety recommendations in this report. These recommendations address the flight safety of pilots who develop cataracts. These recommendations are derived from the NTSB’s investigation of a December 26, 2013, fatal aircraft accident in Fresno, California, involving a pilot with progressive cataracts who had demonstrated recent difficulty landing his airplane at night but was able to pass FAA medical certification vision testing.1 The NTSB has determined there is limited educational information provided to pilots and aviation medical examiners (AME) concerning the hazards cataracts pose to flight safety, especially at night. As a result, the NTSB is issuing two recommendations to the FAA and one recommendation to AOPA.

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Probable Cause

Accident Location: Fresno , CA    
Accident Date: 12/26/2013
Accident ID: WPR14FA078

Date Adopted: 7/11/2016
NTSB Number: ASR-16-03
NTIS Number:  

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