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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-72-198
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Synopsis: A GATES LEARJET MODEL 25, N658TC, OPERATED BY THE TANDY CORPORATION OF FORT WORTH, TEXAS, CRASHED AT APPROXIMATELY 0745 CENTRAL STANDARDTIME, ON JANUARY 18, 1972, DURING A NONPRECISION INSTRUMENT APPROACH TO THE VICTORIA COUNTY-FOSTER AIRPORT, VICTORIA, TEXAS. THE TWO CREWMEMBERS AND SEVEN PASSENGERS RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES. THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED. THE AIRPLANE WAS EN ROUTE FROM FORT WORTH, TEXAS, ON AN IFR CLEARANCE TO VICTORIA, TEXAS. WITNESSES IN THE AREA OF THE CRASH REPORTED HEAVY FOG AND VISIBILITY RESTRICTED TO APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET. ONE NAUTICAL MILE VISIBILITY IS REQUIRED FOR THIS AIRPLANE TO BE AUTHORIZED FOR A LANDING AT THE VICTORIA COUNTY-FOSTER AIRPORT.
Recommendation: THE FAA ENSURE WIDESPREAD DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION TO PILOTS IN ALL SEGMENTS OF AVIATION REGARDING THE POTENTIAL HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH WEATHER CONDITIONS CHARACTERIZED BY A PARTIAL OBSCURATION OF THE SKY CAUSED BY A SHALLOW LAYER OF DENSE FOG.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Victoria, TX, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: FTW72AF044
Accident Reports: Tandy Corporation, Gates Learjet Model 25, N658TC
Report #: AAR-72-24
Accident Date: 1/18/1972
Issue Date: 10/13/1972
Date Closed: 11/30/1973
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Fog, Weather

Safety Recommendation History
From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/12/1972
Response: 10/12/72 IN RESPONSE THE FAA STATED, THEY FULLY AGREE WITH THE IMPORTANCE OF INCREASED EMPHASIS ON THE DISSEMINATION TO ALL PILOTS OF INFORMATION ON THE POTENTIAL HAZARDS OF INSTRUMENT APPROACHES IN WEATHER CONDITIONS WHICH INCLUDE SHALLOW LAYERS OF DENSE FOG. PERTINENT INFORMATION IN AIR CARRIER OPERATIONS BULLETIN 71-9 WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL CERTIFICATED INSTRUMENT FLYING SCHOOLS AND OTHER GENERAL AVIATION AGENCIES WHICH CONDUCT INSTRUMENT FLIGHT TRAINING. THEY WILL ALSO REQUEST THEIR FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR REFRESHER CLINIC TEAMS TO EMPHASIZE TO ALL INSTRUMENT INSTRUCTORS THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING THIS INFORMATION TO ALL STUDENTS IN INSTRUMENT RATING COURSES AND TO INSTRUMENT PILOTS TAKING REFRESHER COURSES.