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Safety Recommendation A-82-015
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Synopsis: AS A RESULT OF ITS CONTINUING INVESTIGATION OF THE CRASH OF AIR FLORIDA FLIGHT 90, A BOEING 737-222 (N62AF) ON JANUARY 13, 1982, THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD BELIEVES THAT IMMEDIATE CORRECTIVE ACTION IS NEEDED IN THE AREA OF COLD-WEATHER OPERATIONS PROCEDURES. THE AIRCRAFT HAD DEPARTED FROM RUNWAY 36 AT WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT IN MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL AND LOW VISIBILITY. THE AIRCRAFT FAILED TO ACHIEVE A SUFFICIENT RATE OF CLIMB, STRUCK THE 14TH STREET BRIDGE ABOUT 4,500 FEET FROM THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RUNWAY, AND CRASHED INTO OF THE POTOMAC RIVER. SEVENTY-FOUR OF THE 79 PERSONS ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT WERE KILLED EITHER ON IMPACT OR BY DROWNING, AND 4 PERSONS IN AUTOMOBILES ON THE BRIDGE WERE KILLED WHEN THE VEHICLES WERE STRUCK BY THE DESCENDING AIRCRAFT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: IMMEDIATELY DISSEMINATE THE CONTENTS OF THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION LETTER TO FOREIGN OPERATORS INVOLVED IN COLD WEATHER OPERATIONS. (URGENT)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Washington, DC, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA82AA011
Accident Reports: Air Florida, Inc., Boeing 737-222, N62AF, Collision with 14th Street Bridge
Report #: AAR-82-08
Accident Date: 1/13/1982
Issue Date: 1/28/1982
Date Closed: 4/19/1982
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 4/19/1982
Response: We have noted that the FAA telegraphic message of January 28, 1982, containing the verbatim contents of the Safety Board's safety recommendation letter, was transmitted to all foreign authorities of known aircraft registration. This action has fulfilled the intent of A-82-15, which has been classified as "Closed-- Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/22/1982
Response: FAA LTR: A TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGE OF JANUARY 28, 1981, CONTAINING THE VERBATIM CONTENT OF THE SAFETY BOARD'S SAFETY RECOMMENDATION LETTER, WAS TRANSMITTED TO ALL FOREIGN AUTHORITIES OF KNOWN AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION.