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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-74-020
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 11, 1974, THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD CONCLUDED ITS PUBLIC HEARING INTO THE PAN AMERICAN WORLD AIRWAYS ACCIDENT WHICH OCCURRED ON NOVEMBER 3, 1973. THE AIRCRAFT WAS A JET-FREIGHTER CARRYING NEARLY 16,000 POUNDS OF RESTRICTED CARGO.
Recommendation: CONDUCT A COMPREHENSIVE INSPECTION OF EACH AIR CARRIER'S PROCEDURES FOR COMPLIANCE WITH 14 CFR 103 AND 14 CFR 121.433(A), SPECIFICALLY WITH REGARD TO RECEIVING, PALLETIZING, CONSOLIDATING, AND AIRCRAFT LOADING, AS WELL AS THE RELATED TRAINING. THIS INSPECTION SHOULD BE COMPLETED AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE DATE AND NOT LATER THAN 60 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS RECOMMENDATION.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Boston, MA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA74AZ016
Accident Reports: Pan American World Airways, Inc., Boeing 707-321C, N458PA
Report #: AAR-74-16
Accident Date: 11/3/1973
Issue Date: 3/26/1974
Date Closed: 8/15/1978
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Oversight, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/23/1978
Response: This is to advise that the ntsb, by formal board action on august 15, 1978, has closed out the following safety recommendations: a-74-20, issued 3/26/74, criteria closed-acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/28/1978
Response: We completed a comprehensive evaluation of faa and air carrier programs on july 11, 1974, with respect to the effectiveness of faa enforcement of regulations pertaining to the transportation of hazardous materials. As a result, our hazardous materials program was revised and faa order 8000.34a, transportation of hazardous materials, was issued on november 26, 1976. Change i dated august 3, 1977, was added which contains objectives and policy guidelines for faa inspectors. We believe the current orders are adequate to assure compliance affecting safety in transportation of hazardous materials in air commerce.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/21/1975
Response: We have reviewed the ntsb report enclosed in your 2/14 letter concerning the pan american world airways, inc., accident which occurred at boston on 11/3/73. We take strong exception to many of the statements contained in para- graph 2.1.3. Of the report entitled, the systems of hazardous materials regulations and control, as well as certain findings set forth in paragraph 2.2. The statement that the system poses a serious and continuous threat to life and property certainly is not in consonance with the ntsb recommendations submitted to me last march 26. We are well aware of the potential involved in the carriage of hazardous materials by air... The statements concerning the inadequacy of our surveillance and enforcement programs appear to be based on statements made by alpa and others... To date we have received no information to substantiate this claim.... it is true that only until recently the dot and its modal agencies did not have authority to conduct inspections at the facilities of shippers andcontainer manufacturers. This deficiency has been rectified by passage of the transportation safety act of 1974 amending section 6.(c)(1) of the Act

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/29/1974
Response: IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 121.433A, ALL FAA REGIONAL DIRECTORS ARE BEING REQUIRED TO ASSURE OPERATING COMPLIANCE WITH TRAINING REQUIREMENTS. ALSO, A COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION IS BEING MADE OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF AGENCY AND AIR CARRIER PROGRAMS, WHICH INCLUDES COMPLIANCE INSPECTIONS AT AIR CARRIER DOCKS. THIS COULD WELL BE A 60 DAY EFFORT. RESPONSE DATED 4/28/78: WE COMPLETED A COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION OF AIR CARRIER PROGRAMS ON 7/11/74 REGARDING EFFECTIVENESS OF FAA ENFORCEMENT OF REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO THE TRANSPORTATION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. AS A RESULT OUR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS PROGRAM WAS REVISED AND FAA ORDER 8000.34A...WAS ISSUED ON 11/26/76. CHANGE 1 DATED 8/3/77 WAS ADDED CONTAINING OBJECTIVES AND POLICY GUIDELINES FOR FAA INSPECTORS...THE CURRENT ORDERS ARE ADEQUATE TO ASSURE COMPLIANCE AFFECTING SAFETY IN TRANSPORTATION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN AIR COMMERCE.