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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-96-133
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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: SOLICIT & RECORD USER COMMENTS ABOUT DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED IN FLYING A PARTICULAR APPROACH TO EVALUATE APPROACH DESIGN MORE ACCURATELY.
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-96-133 ASKED THE FAA TO SOLICIT & RECORD USER COMMENTS ABOUT DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED IN FLYING A PARTICULAR APPROACH TO EVALUATE APPROACH DESIGN MORE ACCURATELY. THE BOARD RECEIVED COPIES OF THE LETTERS. BASED ON THE FAA'S ACTION, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-96-133 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/26/1997
Response: A-96-133 ASKED THE FAA TO SOLICIT & RECORD USER COMMENTS ABOUT DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED IN FLYING A PARTICULAR APPROACH TO EVALUATE APPROACH DESIGN MORE ACCURATELY. PENDING RECEIPT OF REPRESENTATIVE COPIES OF THESE LETTERS, A-96-133 IS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/11/1997
Response: ON 2/7/97, THE FAA SENT A LETTER TO VARIOUS USER ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE ALLIED PILOTS ASSOCIATION, THE AIRLINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION, THE AIRLINE TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION, & THE AIRCRAFT OWNERS & PILOTS ASSOCIATION, TO REQUEST COMMENTS & CONCERNS FROM THEIR MEMBERS REGARDING INSTRUMENT FLIGHT PROCEDUERS. THE LETTER ASKS THAT ALL COMMENTS & CONCERNS ABOUT FLYING PARTICULAR INSTRUMENT APPROACHES BE ADDRESSED TO THE FAA'S OFFICE OF AVIATION SYSTEM STANDARDS.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/24/1997
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THE INTENT OF THE RECOMMENDATION & WILL INVITE AIRSPACE USERS TO COMMENT ON DANGEROUS APPROACHES.