Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-17-040
Details
Synopsis: On June 25, 2015, about 1215 Alaska daylight time, a single-engine, turbine-powered, float-equipped de Havilland DHC-3 (Otter) airplane, N270PA, collided with mountainous, tree-covered terrain about 24 miles east-northeast of Ketchikan, Alaska. The commercial pilot and eight passengers sustained fatal injuries, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was owned by Pantechnicon Aviation, of Minden, Nevada, and operated by Promech Air, Inc., of Ketchikan. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 as an on-demand sightseeing flight; a company visual flight rules flight plan (by which the company performed its own flight-following) was in effect. Marginal visual flight rules conditions were reported in the area at the time of the accident. The flight departed about 1207 from Rudyerd Bay about 44 miles east-northeast of Ketchikan and was en route to the operator’s base at the Ketchikan Harbor Seaplane Base, Ketchikan.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Publish an advisory circular that provides guidance on operational control best practices, including, but not limited to, such areas as risk mitigation strategies, joint flight safety responsibilities, prior experience of operational control personnel, and operational control personnel duty time limitations.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Acceptable Response
Mode: Aviation
Location: Ketchikan, AK, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: ANC15MA041
Accident Reports: Collision with Terrain Promech Air, Inc. de Havilland DHC-3, N270PA, Ketchikan, Alaska, June 25, 2015
Report #: AAR-17-02
Accident Date: 6/25/2015
Issue Date: 5/9/2017
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Open - Acceptable Response)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 10/26/2017
Response: We note that you are evaluating statistical data from air tour accidents in which operational control was a contributing factor to determine if a new AC is needed that provides guidance on operational control best practices. We also note that you are considering other policy documents to familiarize operators with existing operational control guidance and industry best practices. Pending our review of the results of your evaluation and a plan for developing the recommended AC, Safety Recommendation A-17-40 is classified OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/21/2017
Response: -From Michael P. Huerta, Administrator: The FAA understands the impo11ance of air tour operators being familiar with the current body of knowledge relating to operational control. Accordingly, we have initiated an evaluation of air tour accident statistical data where operational control was considered a contributing factor. Following our evaluation, we will determine whether issuance of a new advisory circular is necessary. In addition, we are evaluating the feasibility of issuing an Information for Operators, a Safety Alert for Operators, or some other policy document to familiarize operators with existing operational control guidance and industry best practices material. In the meantime, we will continue to encourage air tour operators to establish an operations control function that is appropriately scaled to the size and scope of their air tour operations.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/9/2017
Response: On April 25, 2017, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) adopted its report concerning the June 25, 2015, accident in which a single-engine, turbine-powered, float-equipped de Havilland DHC-3 (Otter) airplane, N270PA, collided with mountainous, tree-covered terrain about 24 miles east-northeast of Ketchikan, Alaska.1 Additional information about this accident and the resulting recommendations may be found in the report of the investigation, which can be accessed at our website, http://www.ntsb.gov, under report number NTSB/AAR-17/02. As a result of this investigation, we issued 10 new recommendations, including 1 to the Cruise Lines International Association and the following 9 recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration.