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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-82-086
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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: EVALUATE THE CRITERIA AND CURRENT PRACTICES OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FACILITIES REGARDING THE DECLARATION AND REPORTING OF OPERATIONAL ERRORS TO ENSURE THAT ALL SUCH ERRORS ARE REPORTED AND ARE INVESTIGATED.
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: 1/12/1983
Response: The FAA has reviewed its criteria and procedures for defining and reporting operational errors, and it has concluded that these procedures are clear and concise. In addition, the FAA has issued a directive to emphasize the reporting of operational errors. These actions satisfy the objective of Safety Recommendation A- 82-86 which has been classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/15/1982
Response: FAA LTR: THE FAA HAS REVIEWED THEIR CRITERIA AND PROCEDURES FOR DEFINING AND REPORTING OPERATIONAL ERRORS AND THEY HAVE RECONFIRMED THAT THESE PROCEDURES ARE CLEAR AND CONCISE. ALSO, THE FAA HAS ISSUED A DIRECTIVE EMPHASIZING THE REPORTING OF ALL OPERATIONAL ERRORS.