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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-71-017
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Synopsis: ABOUT 1837, FEBRUARY 10, 1970, PILGRIM AVIATION AND AIRLINES, INC., SCHEDULED AIR TAXI FLIGHT 203, A TURBOPROP DEHAVILLAND DHC-6, TWIN OTTER, N124PM, WAS DITCHED IN LONG ISLAND SOUND NEAR WATERFORD, CONNECTICUT. THERE WERE THREE PASSENGERS AND A CREW OF TWO PILOTS ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT. WHEN THE AIRCRAFT WAS LOCATED IN ABOUT 60 FEET OF WATER AND RAISED, RELATIVELY INTACT, FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE SOUND SEVERAL DAYS LATER, NONE OF THE OCCUPANTS WAS FOUND IN THE AIRCRAFT. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE BODIES OF TWO PASSENGERS WERE RECOVERED; THE OTHER OCCUPANTS ARE MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD.
Recommendation: THE BOARD REFERRED TO THEIR PREVIOUS STUDIES AND DATA AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE PREVENTION OF AIR TAXI ACCIDENTS, AND RECOMMENDED THAT THE AIR TAXI INDUSTRY AND THE FAA REVIEW THE ACTIONS THEY TOOK FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS SUBMITTED BY THE BOARD MARCH 14, 1968. THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT A REVIEW OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS AND THE SUBSEQUENT ACTIONS TAKEN MAY LEAD TO THE CONSIDERATION OF ADDITIONAL CORRECTIVE ACTION DIRECTED TOWARD REDUCING THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES OCCURRING IN THIS SEGMENT OF THE AVIATION COMMUNITY.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Waterford, CT, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: NYC70AN086
Accident Reports: Pilgrim Aviation and Airlines, Inc., De Havilland Turbo Prop DHC-6, N124PM
Report #: AAR-71-01
Accident Date: 2/10/1970
Issue Date: 3/25/1970
Date Closed: 4/27/1971
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/15/1971
Response: FAA LTR: FAA CONCURRED WITH THE BOARD'S RECOMMENDATIONS. THEY ALSO REVIEWED THE BOARD'S EARLIER RECOMMENDATIONS OF 3/14/68 AND 6/10/70 THAT WERE DIRECTED TO IMPROVING SAFETY IN AIR TAXI OPERATIONS AND STATED: (1) THEY HAVE FULLY IMPLEMENTED A SYSTEMSWORTHINESS ANALYSIS PROGRAM (SWAP) IN ALL THEIR REGIONS. THIS PROGRAM IS PROVIDING INCREASED INSPECTION OF AIR TAXI OPERATIONS. THE SPECIAL INSPECTOR TEAMS IN THIS PROGRAM ALSO SERVE TO EDUCATE AIR TAXI OPERATORS IN ALL OF THE IMPORTANT SAFETY ASPECTS OF THEIR OPERATIONS. (2) THE HIGHER SAFETY STANDARDS NOW PRESCRIBED IN AMENDMENT 135-12 OF FAR PART 135, PROVIDE FOR HANDLING OF AIR TAXI SAFETY OPERATIONS IN THE SAME MANNER AS OTHER AIR CARRIERS.