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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-87-015
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Synopsis: ABOUT 2050 ON MARCH 13, 1986, SIMMONS AIRLINES FLIGHT 1746, AN EMBRAER BANDEIRANTE, EMB-110P1, OPERATING AS A REGULARLY SCHEDULED FLIGHT, DEPARTED THE DETROIT METROPOLITAN AIRPORT EN ROUTE TO SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN, WITH A STOP IN ALPENA, MICHIGAN. THE ENROUTE PORTION OF THE FLIGHT TO ALPENA WAS UNEVENTFUL. HOWEVER, DUE TO THE PREVAILING INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS, THE CREW WAS UNABLE TO COMPLETE THE INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM (ILS) APPROACH AND LAND AND THEY DECLARED A MISSED APPROACH AT 2142. AT 2153, THE FLIGHT WAS CLEARED FOR A SECOND ILS APPROACH TO ALPENA. AT 2156, THE CREW ACKNOWLEDGED THAT RADAR SERVICES WERE BEING TERMINATED. THIS WAS THE LAST TRANSMISSION FROM THE AIRPLANE. ABOUT 2215, A MOTORIST REPORTED THAT THE AIRPLANE HAD CRASHED. THE AIRPLANE WAS FOUND IN A WOODED AREA ABOUT 300 FEET TO THE LEFT OF THE EXTENDED CENTERLINE, AND 1 1/2 MILES SHORT OF THE THRESHOLD OF RUNWAY 1 AT ALPENA. THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED AND TWO OF THE SEVEN PASSENGERS AND ONE OF THE TWO CREWMEMBERS ON BOARD WERE KILLED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: SEEK LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY TO USE THE NATIONAL DRIVER REGISTER (NDR) TO IDENTIFY AIRMEN WHOSE DRIVING LICENSES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED OR REVOKED FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED OFFENSES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: ALPENA, MI, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA86AA021
Accident Reports: Simmons Airlines, Flight 1746, Embraer Bandeirante, EMB-110P1, N1356P
Report #: AAR-87-02
Accident Date: 3/13/1986
Issue Date: 3/17/1987
Date Closed: 3/17/1988
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/17/1988
Response: We note that while Safety Recommendation A-87-15 was not addressed in your December 3 response, the legislation for airport and airway reauthorization was passed by Congress and signed by the President. This legislation included a provision to allow the FAA access to the National Driver Register to check on the driving records of pilots seeking an FAA medical certificate. Based on this legislation, we have classified Safety Recommendation A-87-15 as "Closed--Acceptable Action." We encourage you to make use of this new law at the earliest practicable time.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/3/1987
Response: THIS RESPONSE DID NOT CONTAIN A DIRECT RESPONSE TO A-87-15; HOWEVER, DURING DECEMBER 1987, THE LEGISLATION FOR AIRPORT AND AIRWAY REAUTHORIZATION WAS SIGNED INTO LAW. THIS LAW INCLUDED PROVISION FOR THE FAA TO ACCESS THE NDR.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/3/1987
Response: Pending the results of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's efforts on behalf of the Department of Transportation to allow the FAA's access to the National Driver Register, Safety Recommendation A-87-15 has been classified as "Open--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/2/1987
Response: THE NHTSA IS CURRENTLY PROPOSING LEGISLATION ON BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THAT WILL ALLOW THE FAA AND OTHER SELECTED TRANSPORTATION MODES ACCESS TO THE NDR.