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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-95-080
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Synopsis: ON 12/14/94, ABOUT 1146:23 PACIFIC STANDARD TIME (PST), A PHOENIX AIR GROUP, INC. (PHOENIX AIR) LEARJET 35A, REGISTRATION N521PA, CRASHED IN FRESNO, CALIFORNIA. OPERATING UNDER THE CALL SIGN DART 21, THE FLIGHTCREW HAD DECLARED AN EMERGENCY INBOUND TO FRESNO AIR TERMINAL DUE TO ENGINE FIRE INDICATIONS. THEY FLEW THE AIRPLANE TOWARD A RIGHT BASE FOR THEIR REQUESTED RUNWAY, BUT THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED PAST THE AIRPORT. THE FLIGHTCREW WAS HEARD ON FRESNO TOWER FREQUENCY ATTEMPTING TO DIAGNOSE THE EMERGENCY CONDITIONS & CONTROL THE AIRPLINE UNTIL IT CRASHED, WITH LANDING GEAR DOWN, ON AN AVENUE IN FRESNO. BOTH PILOTS WERE FATALLY INJURED. TWENTY-ONE PERSONS ON THE GROUND WERE INJURED, & 12 APARTMENT UNITS IN 2 BUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED OR SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED BY IMPACT & FIRE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE PHOENIX AIR: CONDUCT AN IN-DEPTH AUDIT OF YOUR MAINTENANCE PROGRAM TO ENSURE THAT ALL WORK IS BEING DONE IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATIONS, & PARTICULARLY TO ENSURE THAT MECHANICS & OTHERS INVOLVED IN AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ARE CONSULTING PROPER TECHNICAL DATA WHEN PERFORMING & INSPECTING AIRCRAFT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: FRESNO, CA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA95MA007
Accident Reports: Crash during Emergency Landing Phoenix Air Learjet 35A, N521PA
Report #: AAR-95-04
Accident Date: 12/14/1994
Issue Date: 10/17/1995
Date Closed: 8/13/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Phoenix Air (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Phoenix Air
Date: 8/13/1997
Response: REGARDING YOUR CONCERNS THAT THE RECOMMENDATION WAS BASED ON "FLAWED INFO," THE BOARD IS PROCESSING THE "RECONSIDERATION OF PROBABLE CAUSE" THAT YOU SUBMITTED TO THE BOARD. THE STAFF WORK ON THE RECONSIDERATION IS NOT COMPLETED. YOU WILL BE ADVISED BY SEPARATE CORRESPONDENCE ABOUT THE RESOLUTION OF THE PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION OF PROBABLE CAUSE. BECAUSE PHOENIX AIR'S ACTIONS MEET THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-95-080 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Phoenix Air
To: NTSB
Date: 5/2/1997
Response: THE COMPANY REVIEWED ITS MAINTENANCE PROGRAM IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RECOMMENDATION.