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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-96-130
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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: INCORPORATE PRECIPITOUS TERRAIN ADJUSTMENTS IN THE BDL RUNWAY 15 APPROACH.
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-96-130 ASKED THE FAA TO INCORPORATE PRECIPITIOUS TERRAIN ADJUSTMENTS IN THE BRADLY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BDL) RUNWAY 15 APPROACH. THE REVISED CHARTS WERE REVIEWED BY THE BOARD. BASED THE ACTIONS, THE BAORD CLASSIFIES A-96-130 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/26/1997
Response: A-96-130 ASKED THE FAA TO INCORPORATE PRECIPITIOUS TERRAIN ADJUSTMENTS IN THE BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BDL) RUNWAY 15 APPROACH. PENDING THE INCORPORATION OF SUCH ADJUSTMENTS TO THE BDL RUNWAY 15 APPROACH, A-96-130 IS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/11/1997
Response: THE FAA AGREED WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION & AMENDED THE VOR RWY 15 & GPS RWY 15 APPROACH PRECIPTIOUS TERRAIN ADJUSTMENTS.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/24/1997
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THE RECOMMENDATION & WILL INCORPORATE PRECIPITOUS TERRAIN ADJUSTMENTS TO THE APPROACH IN QUESTION.