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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-17-043
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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: Develop and implement special operating rules for the Ketchikan air tour industry that include en route visual flight rules weather minimums that are tailored to the industry’s unique requirements and are more conservative than those specified in 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135.
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 policy and rulemaking options to address this recommendation, and that you hope your ongoing CFIT initiative (mentioned above) will result in voluntary adoption of several items that would be covered under the proposed “special operating rule,” such as the creation of VFR route structures, segmented altitudes, higher weather minimums, specific decision points, and additional training items. Pending our review of your completed evaluation and a plan for developing special operating rules for the Ketchikan air tour industry that address the concerns discussed in Safety Recommendation A-17-43, the recommendation is classified OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/21/2017
Response: -From Michael P. Huerta, Administrator: The FAA is evaluating policy and rulemaking options regarding the full adoption of this recommendation. The FAA's ongoing CFiT initiative will attempt to obtain voluntary adoption of several items that would be covered under the proposed "special operating rule," such as the creation of visual flight rules route structures, segmented altitudes, higher weather minimums, specific decision points, and additional training items. I will keep the Board informed of the FAA's progress on A-17-35, -37 through -41 , and -43, and provide an update by October 2018.

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.