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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-96-140
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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: DEVELOP A UNIFORM POLICY ON SHOE REMOVAL DURING EVACUATIONS, & REQUIRE THAT ALL OPERATORS TRAIN THEIR FLIGHT ATTENDANT TO ISSUE COMMANDS DURING AN EMERGENCY EVACUATION CONSISTENT WITH THAT POLICY.
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)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/26/1997
Response: A-96-140 ASKED THE FAA TO DEVELOP A UNIFORM POLICY ON SHOE REMOVAL DURING EVACUATIONS, AND REQUIRE THAT ALL OPERATORS TRAIN THEIR FLIGHT ATTENDANTS TO ISSUE COMMANDS DURING AN EMERGENCY EVACUATION CONSISTENT WITH THAT POLICY. BASED ON THE FAA'S ACTIONS, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-96-140 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/26/1997
Response: A-96-140 ASKED THE FAA TO DEVELOP A UNIFORM POLICY ON SHOE REMOVAL DURING EVACUATIONS, & REQUIRE THAT ALL OPERATORS TRAIN THEIR FLIGHT ATTENDANTS TO ISSUE COMMANDS DURING AN EMERGENCY EVACUATION CONSISTENT WITH THAT POLICY. PENDING RECEIPT OF A COPY OF THE FSIB, A-96-140 IS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/21/1997
Response: THE FAA ISSUED FLIGHT STANDARDS INFORMATION BULLETIN FOR AIR TRANSPORTATION 97-07, MISCELLANEOUS CABIN SAFETY TRAINING AND PROCEDURE ITEMS. APPENDIX 1 OF THE BULLETIN EMPHASIZES THAT THE FAA BELIEVES THAT THE PROPER PROCEDURES REGARDING SHOES DURING AN AIRCRAFT EVACUATION IS TO LEAVE THEM ON. IN CASES OF FOREWARNED EVACUATION, IT IS DESIRABLE TO REMOVE HIGH-HEELED SHOES AND STOW THEM IN AN APPROVED STOWAGE AREA SUCH AS AN OVERHEAD BIN AND NOT PLACE THEM IN THE SEAT POCKET. THIS BULLETIN DIRECTS PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS INSPECTORS TO MAKE THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS BULLETIN AVAILABLE TO THEIR ASSIGNED CARRIERS. I CONSIDER THE FAA'S ACTION TO BE COMPLETED ON THIS RECOMMENDATION.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/24/1997
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THE INTENT OF THE RECOMMENDATION & WILL ISSUE AN FSIB ON POSSIBLE PROBLEMS WITH SHOE REMOVAL DURING EVACUATIONS