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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-96-139
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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 DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT COMPANY TO REVIEW & AMEND ITS MD-80 & DC-9 MAINTENANCE MANUALS SO THE TERMINOLOGY USED IN GRAPHICS & INSTRUCTIONS PERTAINING TO THE INSTALLATION & REMOVAL OF EVACUATION SLIDES ARE CLEAR & CONSISTENT.
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-96-139 ASKED THE FAA TO REQUIRE THE DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT COMPANY TO REVIEW AND AMEND ITS MD-80 AND DC-9 MAINTENANCE MANUALS SO THAT TERMINOLOGY USED IN GRAPHICS AND INSTRUCTIONS PERTAINING TO THE INSTALLATION AND REMOVAL OF EVACUATION SLIDES ARE CLEAR AND CONSISTENT. 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-96-139 ASKED THE FAA TO REQUIRE DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT COMPANY TO REVIEW & AMEND ITS MD-80 & DC-9 MAINTENANCE MANUALS SO THAT TERMINOLOGY USED IN GRAPHICS & INSTRUCTIONS PERTAINING TO THE INSTALLATION & REMOVAL OF EVACUATION SLIDES ARE CLEAR & CONSISTENT. PENDING RECEIPT OF REVISED COPIES OF THE APPROPRIATE SECTIONS OF THE DOUGLAS DC-9 & MD-80 MAINTENANCE MANUALS, A-96-139 IS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/21/1997
Response: 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, TO DIRECT AVIATION SAFETY INSPECTORS WITH OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THESE TYPES OF AIRPLANES TO ENSURE THAT EACH OPERATOR'S MAINTENANCE MANUAL AND/OR OTHER WORK INSTRUCTIONS HAVE CLEAR, ADEQUATE, AND DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCEDURES FOR RIGGING AND INSTALLING FLOOR LEVEL EVACUATION SLIDES.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/24/1997
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THE RECOMMENDATION & WILL WORK WITH DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT COMPANY TO CLARIFY & REVISE THE APPROPRIATE RIGGING GRAPHICS & WORDING.