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Safety Recommendation A-81-017
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 16, 1980, A BRITISH REDCOAT AIR CARGO, LTD., BRISTOL BRITANNIA, 253F, CRASHED IN A WOODED AREA NEAR BILLERICA, MASSACHUSETTS, ABOUT 7 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF FROM LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN BOSTON. OF THE SIX CREWMEMBERS AND TWO PASSENGERS ABOARD, ONLY THE FLIGHT ENGINEER SURVIVED. ALTHOUGH WEIGHT AND BALANCE AND CENTER OF GRAVITY PROBLEMS DID NOT CONTRIBUTE TO THE CAUSE OF THIS ACCIDENT, THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARDS'S INVESTIGATION REVEALED APPARENT LAX PRACTICES IN DETERMINING THE WEIGHT OF INDIVIDUAL PIECES IN BULK CARGO SHIPMENTS. THESE PRACTICES APPEAR TO INVOLVE MANUFACTURER/SHIPPERS AND FREIGHT FORWARDERS AS WELL AS AIR CARRIERS AND FLIGHTCREWS. THE SAFETY BOARD BELIEVES THAT THIS LAXNESS IS PERPETUATED BY THE ABSENCE OF REGULATORY GUIDELINES.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE SECRETARY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: DETERMINE WHICH AGENCIES HAVE JURISDICTION OVER SHIPPERS AND FREIGHT FORWARDERS, AND COORDINATE JOINT EFFORTS WITH THOSE AGENCIES TO PROMULGATE GUIDELINES THAT SPECIFY THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF SHIPPERS, FREIGHT FORWARDERS, AND AIR CARRIER CERTIFICATE HOLDERS IN DETERMINING UNIT WEIGHTS IN BULK AIR CARGO SHIPMENTS SO AS TO FACILITATE COMPLIANCE WITH CURRENT LOAD MANIFEST REQUIREMENTS BY AIR CARRIER CERTIFICATE HOLDERS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Clarksburg, WV, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA80AA011
Accident Reports: Allegheny Airlines, Inc., Nord 262 Mohawk/Frakes 298, N29824
Report #: AAR-81-03
Accident Date: 2/12/1979
Issue Date: 2/24/1981
Date Closed: 9/22/1986
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: DOT (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: DOT
To: NTSB
Date: 9/22/1986
Response: WE CONSIDER THE PRESENT OVERALL AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE PROGRAM AND THE REQUIREMENT FOR SPOT CHECKING OF DECLARED CARGO WEIGHTS ADEQUATE, AND SAFE FOR ALL U.S. CERTIFICATED CARRIERS. THE PRESENT METHOD OF HANDLING, WEIGHING, AND MARKING AIR CARGO IS SUFFICIENT AND CONSISTENT WITH THE HIGH SAFETY STANDARDS ESTABLISHED BY THE FAA. NOR DO WE SEE ANY NEED FOR JOINT AGENCY GUIDELINES SPECIFING RESPONSIBILITIES FOR SHIPPERS, FREIGHT FORWARDERS, AND AIR CARRIER CERTIFI CATE HOLDERS IN DETERMINING UNIT WEIGHTS. ANY UNWARRANTED ADDITIONAL ECONOMIC BURDEN IMPOSED WITH NO SUPPORTING DATA WOULD NOT BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. IN VIEW OF OUR ESTABLISHED PROGRAMS WHICH, IN EFFECT, HAS REGULATORY CONTROL OVER THE WEIGHT AND BALANCE PROCEDURES APPROVED FOR U.S. CERTIFICATE HOLDERS, THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DOES NOT BELIEVE THAT ADDITIONAL ACTION IS NEEDED, AND ACTION ON SAFETY RECOMMENDATION A-81-17 IS CONSIDERED COMPLETE.

From: NTSB
To: DOT
Date: 9/22/1986
Response:

From: DOT
To: NTSB
Date: 5/7/1982
Response: DOT LETTER: WE CONSIDER THE PRESENT OVERALL AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE PROGRAM AND THE REQUIREMENT FOR SPOT CHECKING OF DECLARED CARGO WEIGHTS ADEQUATE, AND SAFE FOR ALL U.S.-CERTIFIED CARRIERS. THE PRESENT METHOD OF HANDLING, WEIGHING, AND MAKING AIR CARGO IS SUFFICIENT AND CONSISTENT WITH THE HIGH SAFETY STANDARDS ESTABLISHED BY FAA. NOR DO WE SEE ANY NEED FOR JOINT AGENCY GUIDELINES SPECIFYING RESPONSIBILITIES FOR SHIPPERS, FREIGHT FORWARDS, AND AIR CARRIER CERTIFICATE HOLDERS IN DETERMINING UNIT WEIGHTS. ANY UNWARRANTED ADDITIONAL ECONOMIC BURDEN IMPOSED WITH NO SUPPORTING DATA WOULD NOT BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. IN VIEW OF OUR ESTABLISHED PROGRAMS WHICH, IN EFFECT, HAVE REGULATORY CONTROL OVER THE WEIGHT AND BALANCE PROCEDURES APPROVED FOR U.S. CERTIFICATE HOLDERS, THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DOES NOT BELIEVE THAT ADDITIONAL ACTION IS NEEDED, AND ACTION ON SAFETY RECOMMENDATION A-81-17 IS CONSIDERED COMPLETE.

From: NTSB
To: DOT
Date: 6/25/1981
Response: