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Safety Recommendation A-96-134
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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: FOR ARRIVING AIRCRAFT EXECUTING NON-PRECISION INSTRUMENTAL APPROACHES AT ALL AIRPORTS, DURING PERIODS IN WHICH THE OFFICIAL WEATHER REPORT INCLUDES THE REMARKS, "PRESSURE FALLING RAPIDLY," CONTROLLERS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO ISSUE AS FREQUENTLY AS PRACTICAL ALTIMETER SETTING CHANGES TO FLIGHTCREWS IN ADDITION TO THE ALTIMETER SETTING ISSUED ON INITIAL CONTACT.
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: 6/24/1998
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/24/1998
Response: A-96-134 RECOMMENDED THAT THE FAA, FOR ARRIVING AIRCRAFT EXECUTING NON-PRECISON INSTRUMENT APPROACHES AT ALL AIRPORTS, DURING PERIODS IN WHICH THE OFFICIAL WEATHER REPORT INCLUDES THE REMARKS, "PRESSURE FALLING RAPIDLY," REQUIRE CONTROLLERS TO ISSUE AS FREQUENTLY AS PRACTICAL ALTIMETER SETTING CHANGES TO FLIGHTCREWS IN ADDITION TO THE ALTIMETER SETTING ISSUED ON INITIAL CONTACT. BECAUSE THIS ACTION COMPLIES WITH THE INTENT OF THE RECOMMENDATION, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-96-134 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/2/1998
Response: (Letter Mail Controlled 2/10/98 3:22:25 PM MC# 980161) THE FAA AGREES WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION & HAS ISSUED A REVISION TO ORDER 7110L.65, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL. SECTION 7, PARAGRAPH 2-7-2, C.5, REQUIRES CONTROLLERS TO ISSUE CHANGES TO THE ALTIMER SETTING WHEN AIRCRAFT ARE EXECUTING A NONPRECISION INSTRUMENT APPROACH & THE OFFICIAL WEATHER REPORT INCLUDES THE REMARKS "PRESSURE FALLING RAPIDLY."

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/26/1997
Response: A-96-134 ASKED THE FAA TO ENSURE THAT CONTROLLERS BE REQUIRED TO ISSUE AS FREQUENTLY AS PRACTICAL ALTIMETER SETTING CHANGES TO FLIGHTCREWS IN ADDITION TO THE ALTIMETER SETTING ISSUED ON INITIAL CONTACT FOR ARRIVING AIRCRAFT EXECUTING NONPRECISION INSTRUMENT APPROACHES AT ALL AIRPORTS, DURING PERIODS IN WHICH THE OFFICAL WEATHER REPORT INCLUDES THE REMARKS, "PRESSURE FALLING RAPIDLY." PENDING RECEIPT OF THE REVISED ORDER A-96-134 IS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/24/1997
Response: The FAA agrees with this safety recommendation and will make the appropriate revision to Order 7110.65, Air Traffic Control. The FAA will ensure that the revision is reflected in the July 17, 1997, change to the order. I will provide the Board with a copy of the revision as soon as it is issued.