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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-71-033
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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.
Recommendation: THE FAA REASSESS THE STANDARDS SET FORTH IN FAR, PARTS 37.122 AND 37.178 PERTAINING TO THE CERTIFICATION OF LIFERAFTS AND LIFEVESTS, WITH A VIEW TOWARD ELIMINATING THE DEFICIENCIES IN SUCH EQUIPMENT AS EVIDENCED BY THE INVESTIGATIVE RECORD OF THIS ACCIDENT. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN, AS NECESSARY, TO ACCOMPLISH THIS REASSESSMENT AND IMPROVEMENT OF STANDARDS.
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: 3/31/1971
Date Closed: 6/19/1972
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/29/1971
Response: THE REASSESSMENT HAS BEEN INITIATED WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF UPGRADING TECHNICAL STANDARD ORDERS IN LIGHT OF MORE RECENT ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY. ALSO, GUIDELINES FOR APPROVAL OF SLIDE/RAFTS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED.