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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-97-088
Synopsis: About 1638 eastern daylight time, on 10/19/96, a McDonnell Douglas MD-88, N914dl, operated by Delta Airlines, Inc., as Flight 554, struck the approach light structure and the end of the runway deck during the approach to land on runway 13 at the LaGuardia airport, in Flushing, New York. Flight 554 was being operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121, as a scheduled, domestic passenger flight from Atlanta, Georgia, to Flushing. The flight departed the Williams B. Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta Georgia, about 1441, with two flightcrew members, three flight attendants, and 58 passengers on board. Three passengers reported minor injuries; no injuries were reported by the remaining 60 occupants. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage, wings (including slats and flaps), main landing gear, and both engines. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the approach to runway 13; flight 554 was operating on an instrument flight rules flight plan.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Require all 121 and 135 operators to notify their pilot and medical personnel of the circumstances of this accident, and to alert them to the hazards of monovision contact lens use by flightcrew members.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: FLUSHING, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: NYC97MA005
Accident Reports: Descent Below Visual Glidepath and Collision with Terrain Delta Air Lines Flight 554 McDonnell Douglas MD-88, N914DL
Report #: AAR-97-03
Accident Date: 10/19/1996
Issue Date: 8/29/1997
Date Closed: 8/17/1998
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
Date: 8/17/1998
Response: On October 23, 1997, the FAA disseminated information to flight standards regional managers and flight standards district office managers regarding the circumstances of this accident and the hazards of using MV contact lenses by pilots when flying. Based on the FAA's actions, the Safety Board classifies Safety Recommendations A-97- 88 and -89 "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
Date: 11/13/1997
Response: The FAA agrees with the intent of these safety recommendations. On October 23, 1997, the FAA sent letters to flight standards regional managers and flight standards district office managers to have their safety program managers and aviation safety inspectors disseminate information on the circumstances of this accident and the hazards of using monovision contact lenses by pilots when flying. The safety program managers and aviation safety inspectors will, in turn, disseminate this information throughout the general aviation community and to 14 CFR Parts 121 and 135 operators. I have enclosed a copy of the letter for the Board's information. The FAA has also published an editorial in the summer issue of the Federal Air Surgeon's Medical Bulletin to discuss its concern for pilots who try nonstandard corrective vision approaches. At the Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In last August, representatives from the American Optometry Association and CAMI distributed copies of the editorial, information warning of the hazards of monovision, and other available information on the subject of monovision. CAMI has updated its brochure entitled "Medical Facts on Pilots/Pilot Vision," and is developing revisions to the AIM and the FAA Medical Handbook for Pilots to include warnings about monovision contact lenses. This brochure will also be discussed and distributed in the guidance material at future AME seminars. I believe that the actions taken by the FAA address the full intent of these safety recommendations, and I consider the FAA's action to be completed.