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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-82-081
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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 AN OPERATIONS ALERT BULLETIN TO REQUIRE PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS INSPECTORS TO REQUIRE THAT AIR CARRIER TRAINING PROGRAMS ADEQUATELY COVER THE EFFECTS OF AIRCRAFT LEADING EDGE CONTAMINATION ON AERODYNAMIC PERFORMANCE, PARTICULARLY AS IT AFFECTS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AIRSPEED AND ANGLE OF ATTACK AND THOSE FUNCTIONS WHOSE ACTIVATION IS DEPENDENT ON THE ANGLE OF ATTACK, SUCH AS STALL WARNING SYSTEMS AND AUTOTHROTTLE SPEED COMMAND SYSTEMS.
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: 6/1/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Icing, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/1/1983
Response: We have reviewed an advance copy of the FAA's Air Carrier Operations Bulletin (ACOB), 8-83-1, "Effects of Leading Edge Contamination on Aerodynamic Performance." This ACOB instructs Principal Operations Inspectors to ensure that air carrier training programs adequately cover the effects of aircraft leading edge contamination on aerodynamic performance. This ACOB satisfies the intent of Safety Recommendation A-82-81 which is now classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/4/1983
Response: FAA LETTER: THE FAA IS PRESENTLY DRAFTING AN AIR CARRIER OPERATIONS BULLETIN (ACOB). THIS ACOB SHOULD BE PUBLISHED ON OR BEFORE APRIL 1, 1983, AT WHICH TIME A COPY WILL BE TRANSMITTED TO THE BOARD.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/12/1983
Response: We note that the FAA is developing an air carrier operations bulletin (ACOB) which will instruct principal operations inspectors to ensure that training programs adequately cover the substance of this recommendation. As described, this ACOB, which is to be published within 90 days, should satisfy the intent of Safety Recommendation A-82-81; the recommendation will be classified as "Open--Acceptable Action" pending receipt of the new ACOB.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/15/1982
Response: FAA LTR: THE FAA IS DEVELOPING AN AIR CARRIER OPERATIONS BULLETIN (ACOB) TO INSTRUCT PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS INSPECTORS TO ENSURE TRAINING PROGRAMS ADEQUATELY COVER THE SUBSTANCE OF THIS RECOMMENDATION.