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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-73-047
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 22, 1973, NATURAL GAS LIQUIDS LEAKED FROM A RUPTURED 10-INCH PIPELINE AT A PUMP STATION IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, FLOWED INTO DITCHES ALONGSIDE A ROAD ADJACENT TO THE STATION, AND VAPORIZED. A DODGE VAN DROVE INTO THE VAPOR-RICH ZONE AND STALLED. WHEN THE DRIVER ATTEMPTED TO RESTART THE ENGINE, THE VAPOR IGNITED, AND THE DRIVER AND SEVEN PASSENGERS WERE ENGULFED IN FLAMES. SIX OF THESE PERSONS DIED AND TWO WERE CRITICALLY BURNED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE OFFICE OF PIPELINE SAFETY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: EXPEDITE RULEMAKING CURRENTLY UNDER STUDY TO PROVIDE FOR MORE COMPLETE AND EFFECTIVE CONTROLS OVER THE TRANSPORTATION BY PIPELINE OF LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GASES, WHICH WOULD INCLUDE NATURAL GAS LIQUIDS. THESE REGULATIONS SHOULD CONTAIN MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR THE DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, TESTING, OPERATION, AND MAINTENANCE OF BOTH NEW AND EXISTING PIPELINES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Austin, TX, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80284
Accident Reports:
Phillips Pipeline Company, Natural Gas Liquids Fire
Report #: PAR-73-04
Accident Date: 2/22/1973
Issue Date: 11/13/1973
Date Closed: 1/4/1990
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: RSPA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: RSPA
Date: 1/4/1990
Response:

From: RSPA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/31/1989
Response: