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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-76-092
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Synopsis: ON APRIL 1, 1976, HUGHES AIRWEST FLIGHT 5 AND NORTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT 603 ALMOST COLLIDED IN MIDAIR OVER THE SPOKANE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD'S INVESTIGATION OF THE NEAR COLLISION REVEALED THAT BOTH FLIGHTCREWS MISUNDERSTOOD THE RADAR SERVICES BEING PROVIDED BY FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE RAPCON AND SPOKANE TOWER. THE SPOKANE TOWER IS NOT RADAR EQUIPPED AND FAIRCHILD RAPCON IS CAPABLE ONLY OF PROVIDING LIMITED, LOW-ALTITUDE RADAR COVERAGE OF THE AIRPORT BECAUSE OF BLIND SPOTS.
Recommendation: REVIEW LOCAL DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL PROCEDURES AT ALL AIRPORTS WHERE RADAR AND NONRADAR OPERATIONS INTERFACE AND ASSURE THAT THEY PROVIDE POSITIVE SEPARATION BETWEEN AIRCRAFT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Spokane, WA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: SEA761S041
Accident Reports: Near Midair Collision, Hughes Airwest Douglas DC-9, N9333, and Northwest Airlines, Inc., Douglas DC-10, N148US
Report #: AAR-76-18
Accident Date: 4/1/1976
Issue Date: 6/25/1976
Date Closed: 6/16/1977
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/30/1977
Response: Closed--acceptable action by board

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/13/1976
Response: "WE ACCEPT THE BOARD'S STATEMENT THAT "THE DEFICIENCIES HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED" AND CONSIDER OUR GENOT OF APRIL 7 TO HAVE BEEN EFFECTIVE AS REPORTED BY REGIONAL AIR TRAFFIC DIVISION CHIEFS TO THE DIRECTOR OF AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE. WE DO NOT PLAN ANY FURTHER ACTION ON THIS RECOMMENDATION."