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Safety Recommendation A-74-103
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Synopsis: ON JANUARY 16, 1974, A TRANS WORLD AIRLINES, INC., B-707 WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT AT LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD'S INVESTIGATION OF THE ACCIDENT DISCLOSED AN UNSAFE CONDITION WHICH SHOULD BE CORRECTED.
Recommendation: AMEND 14 CFR 121.313 TO REQUIRE THAT, AFTER A REASONABLE DATE, A MEANS BE PROVIDED FOR THE COCKPIT CREW TO EXIT THROUGH THE PILOT COMPARTMENT DOOR TO THE CABIN EVEN IF THE DOOR BECOMES JAMMED.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: LAX74AL053
Accident Reports: Trans World Airlines, Inc., Boeing 707-131B, N757TW
Report #: AAR-74-10
Accident Date: 1/16/1974
Issue Date: 11/7/1974
Date Closed: 12/20/1982
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 12/20/1982
Response: Closed--unacceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/21/1982
Response: FAA LTR: AS NOTED IN OUR RESPONSE OF DECEMBER 1, 1981, THE FAA HAD DETERMINED THAT THE BENEFITS OF THE RECOMMENDED CHANGE TO 14 CFR 121.313 WOULD NOT JUSIFY THE ECONOMIC BURDEN THAT WOULD RESULT. AS WAS STATED IN THE FAA'S WITHDRAWAL NOTICE (44 FR 61323, OCTOBER 24, 1979), ONE COMMENTER ESTIMATED A COST OF $100,000 PER AIRCRAFT TO DESIGN, TEST, FABRICATE, INSTALL, AND CERTIFICATE SUCH A TYPE OF EGRESS TO MEET THE INTENT OF THE ESTIMATED PROPOSAL. IN ADDITION TO THIS ESTIMATE, THE FAA'S COST/BENEFIT ANALYSIS ESTIMATED $700,000 TO BE THE RETROFIT COST. THE FAA ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THERE IS MERIT TO THE COMMENTERS' CONTENTIONS SINCE RETROFIT OF EXISTING AIRCRAFT WOULD BE DIFFICULT AND EXPENSIVE. ACCORDINGLY, THE PROPOSAL WAS WITHDRAWN. THEREFORE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXECUTIVE ORDER 12044 AND THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S REGULATORY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, WHICH ARE INTENDED TO REDUCE THE UNNECESSARY BURDEN ON THE PUBLIC, THE FAA CONCLUDED THAT THE PROPOSAL WOULD HAVE IMPOSED FINANCIAL BURDENS ON THE PUBLIC NOT COMMENSURATE WITH AN INCREASE IN SAFETY.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/3/1982
Response:

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/1/1981
Response: FAA LTR: THIS RECOMMENDATION IS ADDRESSED IN OPERATIONS REVIEW PROGRAM: AMENDMENT NO. 10, PROPOSAL 10-5. THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION HAS DETERMINED THAT THE BENEFITS OF THE RECOMMENDED CHANGE TO 14 CFR 121.313 WOULD NOT JUSTIFY THE ECONOMIC BURDEN THAT WOULD RESULT AND HAS WITHDRAWN THE PROPOSED RULE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/25/1975
Response: FAA LTR: THE RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN ENTERED IN THE FIRST BIENNIAL OPERATIONS REVIEW PROGRAM (1975-1976) AS PRESENTED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER FEBRUARY 28, 1975. YOU WILL RECEIVE THE COMPILATIONS FOR THE REVIEW BY MAY 30, 1975. NOTE: THE AMENDMENT TO 14 CFR 121.439 WAS PUBLISHED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER, VOL. 43, PAGE 22648 OF 5/25/78.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 2/24/1975
Response:

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/29/1975
Response: FAA LTR: WE ARE EVALUATING THE PROBLEM IDENTIFIED IN THE RECOMMENDATIONS TO DETERMINE WHETHER A REGULATORY PROJECT IS FEASIBLE. WE WILL APPRECIATE RECEIVING DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE FOUR SIMILAR OCCURRENCES CITED IN THE RECOMMENDATION BACKGROUND MATERIAL AND ANY INFORMATION WHICH YOU MAY HAVE CONCERNING INJURIES SUSTAINED AS A RESULT OF JAMMED COCKPIT DOORS.