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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-82-079
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Synopsis: ON JANUARY 13, 1982, AIR FLORIDA FLIGHT 90, A BOEING 737-222 (N62AF) STRUCK THE NORTHBOUND SPAN OF THE 14TH STREET BRIDGE WHICH CONNECTS THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WITH ARLINGTON, COUNTY, VIRGINIA, AND PLUNGED INTO THE ICE-COVERED POTOMAC RIVER JUST AFTER TAKING OFF FROM WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT. SEVENTY OF THE 74 PASSENGERS, 4 OF THE 5 CREWMEMBERS, AND 4 PERSONS IN VEHICLES ON THE BRIDGE WERE FATALLY INJURED. THE WEATHER CONDITIONS WHICH HAD PREVAILED BEFORE AND AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT CONSISTED OF SUBFREEZING TEMPERATURES AND ALMOST STEADY MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL WITH OBSCURED VISIBILITY.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: ISSUE A MAINTENANCE ALERT BULLETIN TO REQUIRE PRINCIPAL MAINTENANCE INSPECTORS TO EMPHASIZE TO AIR CARRIER MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENTS THAT PROPER MAINTENANCE OF GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT MAY BE CRITICAL TO FLIGHT OPERATIONS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF ADHERING TO MAINTENANCE PRACTICES RECOMMENDED BY THE MANUFACTURERS OF SUCH EQUIPMENT.
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: 1/1/1982
Date Closed: 1/12/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/4/1983
Response: We note that the FAA has issued General Notice No. 8320.262, dated February 23, 1982, and Maintenance Bulletin No. 127, dated July 13, 1982, entitled Aircraft Deicer Fluids, to alert field inspectors to the problems associated with airplane deicer fluids and dispensing equipment. These publications emphasize adherence to the procedures set out in the manual for the operation of fluid dispensing equipment and for the quality control of incoming shipments of deicer fluid. We have reviewed the documents and believe that they satisfy the intent of Safety Recommendation A- 82-79, which has been classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/15/1982
Response: FAA LTR: THE FAA HAS ISSUED GENERAL NOTICE NO. 8320.262 DATED FEBRUARY 23, 1982, AND MAINTENANCE BULLETIN NO. 127, DATED JULY 13, 1982, TO ALERT FIELD INSPECTORS TO THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH AIRCRAFT DEICER FLUIDS AND DISPENSING EQUIPMENT.