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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-96-032
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Synopsis: ON 11/12/95, AT 0056 EASTERN TIME (EST), AMERICAN AIRLINES (AAL) FLIGHT 1572, A MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-80, REGISTERED IN THE UNITED STATES AS N566AA, STRUCK TREES ON A RIDGE LINE NORTHEAST OF THE AIRPORT, IN EAST GRANBY, CONNECTICUT, WHICH IS ABOUT 2.54 MILES FROM THE END OF RUNWAY 15, AT BRADELY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BDL) WINDSOR LOCKS, CONNECTICUT. THE TREE STRIKE OCCURRED DURING AN INSTRUMENT APPROACH TO RUNWAY 15 IN DARKNESS & IN VARIABLE WIND CONDITIONS. BOTH ENGINES SUBSEQUENTLY LOST POWER FOLLOWING INGESTION OF TREE LIMBS, BUT THE FLIGHTCREW WAS ABLE TO CONTINUE THE FLIGHT TO THE AIRPORT. THE AIRPLANE WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED DURING THE EMERGENCY LANDING. ONE OF THE 72 PASSENGERS RECEIVED A MINOR INJURY DURING THE EMERGENCY EVACUATION, & NONE OF THE FIVE CREWMEMBERS WAS INJURED IN THE ACCIDENT. THE FLIGHT, WHICH WAS OPERATING UNDER 14 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS PART 121, ORIGINATED AT O"HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ABOUT 2 HOURS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FAA: IF THE INCLUSION OF A VDP ON APPROACH CHARTS TO RUNWAY 15 IS NOT POSSIBLE DUE TO OBSTACLES, BECAUSE CHARTING METHODOLOGY RATHER THAN EMPIRICAL MEASUREMENT WAS USED TO DETERMINE OBSTACLE CLEARANCE, THEN ENSURE THAT A WARNING ABOUT THE 3.5-DEGREE GLIDESLOPE & THE HIGH TERRAIN ALONG THE APPROACH PATH IS PLACED ON VOR RUNWAY 15 INSTRUMENT APPROACH CHARTS FOR BDL, OR MAKE SUCH A WARNING A PERMANENT NOTICE TO AIRMEN (NOTAM) FOR BDL, OR USE SOME OTHER MEANS TO DISSEMINATE SUCH A WARNING ON A PERMANENT BASIS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
Mode: Aviation
Location: EAST GRANBY, CT, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA96MA008
Accident Reports: Collision with Trees on Final Approach American Airlines Flight 1572, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, N566AA
Report #: AAR-96-05
Accident Date: 11/12/1995
Issue Date: 6/26/1996
Date Closed: 11/13/1996
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 11/13/1996
Response: (CLOSED IN REPORT PB96-910405) BECAUSE OF THIS RESPONSE, A-96-31 IS BEING CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION," & A-96-32 IS BEING CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/4/1996
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION & ON 8/15/96, PUBLISHED A VISUAL DESCENT POINT (VDP) AT 2.3 NAUTICAL MILES (BDL 2.4 DME) ON THE VOR RWY 15 INSTRUMENT APPROACH PROCEDURE FOR WINDSOR LOCKS/BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, CONNECTICUT.