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Safety Recommendation A-73-053
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Synopsis: THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD HAS UNDER INVESTIGATION, THREE ACCIDENTS INVOLVING: A UNITED AIRLINES BOEING 737 AT MIDWAY AIRPORT, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ON DECEMBER 8, 1972; A NORTH CENTRAL AIRLINES DC-9, AT O'HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ALSO AT CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ON DECEMBER 20, 1972; AND AN EASTERN AIRLINES LOCKHEED L-1011 AT MIAMI, FLORIDA, ON DECEMBER 29, 1972. THE SAFETY BOARD HAS IDENTIFIED SEVERAL AREAS IN OCCUPANT SURVIVAL AND EVACUATION COMMON TO THESE ACCIDENTS WHICH IT BELIEVES MERIT REMEDIAL ACTION BY THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION. THESE AREAS ARE DELINEATED BELOW
Recommendation: AMEND THE EXISTING CERTIFICATION AND OPERATING RULES FOR AIR CARRIER AND AIR TAXI AIRCRAFT TO INCLUDE PROVISIONS REQUIRING TACTILE GUIDANCE AND IMPROVED VISUAL GUIDANCE TO EMERGENCY EXITS, AS WELL AS MORE EFFICIENT METHODS OF INDICATING THE LOCATION OF EMERGENCY EXITS IN A DARK OR SMOKE ENVIRONMENT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 81275
Accident Reports: North Central Airlines, Inc., McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31, N954N and Delta Air Lines, Inc., Convair CV-880, N8807E
Report #: AAR-73-15
Accident Date: 12/20/1972
Issue Date: 8/10/1973
Date Closed: 4/23/1979
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 4/23/1979
Response: Closed--acceptable alternate action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/10/1973
Response: FAA LTR: WE ARE STUDYING NEWER EXIT GUIDANCE CONCEPTS WHICH CAN BE DEMONSTRATED TO IMPROVE EVACUATION PERFORMANCE UNDER BOTH DARKNESS AND SMOKE CONDITIONS. SUCH CONCEPTS, WHEN PROVED EFFECTIVE, WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR INCLUSION UNDER PRESENT AIRWORTHINESS AND OPERATING RULES FOR AIR CARRIER AND AIR TAXI AIRCRAFT. 6/10/75 - NPRM 75-26 ISSUED. COMMENTS UNDER REVIEW BY FAA. 3/22/79 FAA LTR: THE FOLLOWING HAVE BEEN REVISED: FAR SECTIONS 25.811, EMERGENCY EXIT MARKING; 25.812, EMERGENCY LIGHTING; 25.813, EMERGENCY EXIT ACCESS; 121.291, DEMONSTRATION OF EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES; 121.318, PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM; AND 121.319, CREWMEMBER INTERPHONE SYSTEM, WERE ISSUED 10/20/78, EFFECTIVE 12/1/78. AC 121-24, PASSENGER SAFETY INFORMATION BRIEFING AND BRIEFING CARDS, WAS ISSUED 6/23/77.