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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-17-044
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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: CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION: Encourage your members that sell air tours as shore excursions to review the circumstances of this accident and to consider ways to mitigate associated risks.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
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: 8/1/2017
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Cruise Lines International Association, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Cruise Lines International Association, Inc.
Date: 8/1/2017
Response: We are pleased to learn that you have distributed copies of this accident report to your membership and encouraged companies that sell air tours as shore excursions to review the circumstances of this accident and consider ways to mitigate associated risks. These actions satisfy the intent of Safety Recommendation A-17-44, which is classified CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: Cruise Lines International Association, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 5/12/2017
Response: -From Charles “Bud” Darr, Senior Vice President, Technical and Regulatory Affairs: On behalf of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), I have the pleasure to inform you that today we have addressed safety recommendation A-17-44 to accident report number NTSB/AAR-17/02 with our membership. In this regard, we provided a copy of the accident report to our membership and, for companies that sell air tours as shore excursions, we encouraged them to review the circumstances of this accident and consider ways to mitigate associated risks. Thank you for bringing this safety-related matter to our attention.