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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-96-129
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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 BRADLEY 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: EXAMINE & MAKE MORE EFFECTIVE THE COORDINATING EFFORTS OF THE FLIGHT INSPECTION PROGRAM & THE PROCEDURES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, WITH EMPHASIS ON ENSURING QUALITY CONTROL DURING THE DEVELOPMENT, AMENDMENT, & FLIGHT INSPECTION PROCESS FOR INSTRUMENT APPROACHES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
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: 12/3/1996
Date Closed: 9/8/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 9/8/1997
Response: A-96-129 ASKED THE FAA TO EXAMINE & MAKE MORE EFFECTIVE THE COORDINATING EFFORTS OF THE FLIGHT INSPECTION PROGRAM & THE PROCEDURES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, WITH EMPHASIS ON ENSURING QUALITY CONTROL DURING THE DEVELOPMENT, AMENDMENT, & FLIGHT INSPECTION PROCESS FOR INSTRUMENT APPROACHES. BASED ON THE FAA'S ACTION, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-96-129 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/26/1997
Response: A-96-129 ASKED THE FAA TO EXAMINE & MAKE MORE EFFECTIVE THE COORDINATING EFFORTS OF THE FLIGHT INSPECTION PROGRAM & THE PROCEDURES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, WITH EMPHASIS ON ENSURING QUALITY CONTROL DURING THE DEVELOPMENT, AMENDMENT, & FLIGHT INSPECTION PROCESS FOR INSTRUMENT APPROACHES. PENDING RECEIPT OF A COPY OF THE TEST PROGRAM, A-96-129 IS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/11/1997
Response: THE FAA AGREED WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION & COMPLETED ITS TEST PROGRAM TO ENSURE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE FLIGHT INSPECTION PROGRAM & THE PROCEDURES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. THE TEST PROGRAM INVOLVED THE PLACEMENT OF A LIAISON POSITION IN THE FLIGHT INSPECTION CENTRAL OPERATIONS OFFICE TO RESPOND TO QUERIES & ENSURE RESOLUTION OF ALL ISSUES. THIS INDIVIDUAL FUNCTIONED AS FOCAL POINT BETWEEN THE TWO OFFICES FOR CORRECTING ANY DISCREPANCIES FOUND DURING FLIGHT ENHANCED THE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE ORGANIZATIONS, PROVIDED A NEEDED FOCAL POINT FOR CONVEYING INFO TO FLIGHT INSPECTION CREWS, & ENSURED STANDARDIZATION. THE LIAISON POSITION WAS FILLED EFFECTIVE 3/16/97.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/24/1997
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THE RECOMMENDATION & HAS ESTABLISHED A TEST PROGRAM TO ENSURE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE FLIGHT INSPECTION PROGRAM & THE PROCEDURES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.