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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-82-080
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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 REVIEW CONTRACT AGREEMENTS BETWEEN AN AIR CARRIER OPERATING INTO A FACILITY AT WHICH ANOTHER AIR CARRIER OR MAINTENANCE CONTRACTOR IS PROVIDING MAINTENANCE SERVICES TO ASSURE THAT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOTH PARTIES AND KEY PERSONNEL ARE CLEARLY DEFINED AND THAT THE CONTRACTOR PROVIDING THE MAINTENANCE IS THOROUGHLY FAMILIAR WITH THE MAINTENANCE OF THE TYPE OF AIRCRAFT INVOLVED.
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)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/4/1983
Response: We note that the FAA has issued a new Maintenance Bulletin No. 128 entitled Responsibility for Aircraft Servicing, in response to this safety recommendation. We have reviewed an advance copy of the bulletin which directs field inspectors to emhasize to their assigned certificate holders their responsibility under the Federal Aviation Regulations for the proper servicing of their airplanes even though arrangements have been made with other persons to perform the work. The new bulletin satisfies the intent of Safety Recommendation A-82-80, which has been classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/15/1982
Response: FAA LTR: THE FAA ISSUED MAINTENANCE BULLETIN NO. 128, RESPONSIBILITY FOR AIRCRAFT SERVICING, WHICH DIRECTS FIELD INSPECTORS TO EMPHASIZE TO THEIR ASSIGNED CERTIFICATE HOLDERS THEIR RESPONSIBILITY UNDER THE FAR'S FOR THE PROPER SERVICING OF THEIR AIRCRAFT EVEN THOUGH ARRANGEMENTS ARE MADE WITH OTHER PERSONS TO PERFORM THE WORK.