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Safety Recommendation A-70-046
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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: REEXAMINE THE METHODS FOR STORAGE OF LIFEVESTS ABOARD AIRCRAFT TO ELIMINATE ANY OBSTRUCTIONS TO EXPEDITIOUS ACCESS IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY REQUIRING THEIR USE.
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: 9/2/1970
Date Closed: 9/16/1976
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 9/16/1976
Response: Faa letter state that their field investigation of lifevest stowage provisions has been completed on numerous typical air carrier aircraft currently in service. The results of the investigation are being used in their current work on survival equipment standards.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/29/1971
Response: FAA letter state that their field investigation of lifevest stowage provisions has been completed on numerous typical air carrier aircraft currently in service. The results of the investigation are being used in their current work on survival equipment standards.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/27/1970
Response: 9/27/70 FAA STATED THEY ARE REASSESSING LIFEVEST INSTALLATIONS IN LIGHT OF THE INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THE DC-9 DITCHING ACCIDENT CONCERNING PASSENGERS WHO HAD DIFFICULTY IN RETRIEVING LIFEVESTS FROM BENEATH THEIR SEATS. WHERE DEFICIENCIES ARE FOUND IN ANY INSTALLATIONS, APPROPRIATE CORRECTIVE ACTION WILL BE TAKEN. 6/29/71 LETTER FROM FAA TO STATE THAT THEIR FIELD INVESTIGATION OF LIFEVEST STOWAGE PROVISIONS HAS BEEN COMPLETED ON NUMEROUS TYPICAL AIR CARRIER AIRCRAFT CURRENTLY IN SERVICE. THE RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATION ARE BEING USED IN THEIR CURRENT WORK ON SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT STANDARDS.