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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-96-138
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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: REQUIRE ALL OPERATORS TO INSPECT IMMEDIATELY ALL MD-80 & DC-9 FLOOR LEVEL EXITS TO ENSURE THAT EVACUATION SLIDES HAVE BEEN PROPERLY RIGGED.
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: 8/26/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/26/1997
Response: A-96-138 ASKED THE FAA TO REQUIRE ALL OPERATORS TO INSPECT IMMEDIATELY ALL MD-80 AND DC-9 FLOOR LEVEL EXITS TO ENSURE THAT EVACUATION SLIDES ARE PROPERLY RIGGED. BASED ON THE FAA'S ACTIONS, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-96-138 AND -139 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/26/1997
Response: A-96-138 ASKED THE FAA TO REQUIRE ALL OPERATORS TO INSPECT IMMEDIATELY ALL MD-80 & DC-9 FLOOR LEVEL EXITS TO ENSURE THAT EVACUATION SLIDES HAVE BEEN PROPERLY RIGGED. PENDING RECEIPT OF THE FSIB, A-96-138 CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/21/1997
Response: ON 3/13/97, THE FAA ISSUED FLIGHT STANDARDS INFORMATION BULLETIN FOR AIRWORTHINESS 97-11, MCDONNELL DOUGLAS CORPORATION AIRCRAFT MODELS MD-80 AND DC-9 EVACUATION SLIDE RIGGING PROCEDURES. THIS BULLETIN DIRECTS AVIATION SAFETY INSPECTORS WITH OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THESE TYPES OF AIRPLANES TO ENSURE THAT ALL MD-80 AND DC-9 FLOOR LEVEL EXITS ARE INSPECTED TO VERIFY THAT EVACUATION SLIDES HAVE BEEN PROPERLY RIGGED.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/24/1997
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THE RECOMMENDATION & WILL ISSUE AN FSIB CONCERNING EVACUATION SLIDE RIGGING.