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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-70-035
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Synopsis: OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS OPERATING AS ANTILLIAANSE LUCHTVAART MAATSCHAPPIJ, FLIGHT 980 (ALM), WAS DITCHED NEAR ST. CROIX. FORTY PERSONS, INCLUDING 35 PASSENGERS AND FIVE CREWMEMBERS SURVIVED. TWENTY-THREE PERSONS, INCLUDING TWO INFANTS AND THE STEWARDESS, DID NOT SURVIVE. THE AIRCRAFT SANK IN 5,000 FEET OF WATER AND WAS NOT RECOVERED. THE FLIGHT DEPARTED KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, N.Y., NONSTOP FOR ST. MAARTEN, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. AFTER AND ADF AND THREE CIRCLING APPROACHES IN POOR WEATHER, DURING WHICH A LANDING COULD NOT BE MADE, THE FLIGHT DEPARTED FOR ST. CROIX. ENROUTE TO ST. CROIX IN A LOW-FUEL STATE, THE AIRCRAFT WAS DESCENDED TO THE WATER IN ANTICIPATION OF A DITCHING. WHEN FUEL EXHAUSTION WAS REACHED, THE ENGINES FLAMED OUT AND THE AIRCRAFT WAS DITCHED.
Recommendation: INITIATE ACTION TO INSTALL A VHF COMMUNICATIONS LINK BETWEEN SAN JUAN ARTCC AND JULIANA TOWER. THIS ACTION WAS SCHEDULED FOR FISCAL YEAR 1972, AND IS BEING CONSIDERED FOR PRIORITY ACTION PRIOR TO THAT TIME IF POSSIBLE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA70AZ007
Accident Reports: Overseas National Airways, Inc., Douglas DC-9. Operating as Antilliaanse Lucht- vaart Moatschappij Flight 980
Report #: AAR-71-08
Accident Date: 5/2/1970
Issue Date: 7/1/1970
Date Closed: 1/4/1974
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/4/1974
Response: Closed--acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/20/1970
Response: 7/20/70 FAA STATES THEY RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR IMPROVING THE COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY BETWEEN THE TWO FACILITIES. THEIR BUDGETARY PLANNING FOR FY72 CONTAINS A REQUEST TO PROVIDE VHF COMMUNICATION LINK SERVICE BETWEEN SAN JUAN CENTER AND JULIANA TOWER. TO THE EXTENT THAT THEIR FISCAL RESOURCES AND NATIONAL PRIORITIES WILL PERMIT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO EVALUATE THE POSSIBILITY OF INITIATING ACTION BEFORE FY72.