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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-00-096
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Synopsis: .In this letter, the national transportation safety board recommends that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) take action to address the following safety issues: air carrier pilot training in landing techniques and bounced landing recovery, training tools and policies that promote proactive decision-making to go around if an approach is unstabilized, the use of on board computers to determine the required runway length for landing, md-11 handling characteristics and structural integrity requirements, and hard landing inspection requirements. The safety board identified these issues in its investigation of the 1997 accident involving Federal Express flight 14 in Newark, NJ. This letter summarizes the Board's rationale for issuing these recommendations
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Require the installation, within 1 year, of the MD-11 flight control computer-908 software upgrade on all MD-11 airplanes.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Newark, NJ, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA97MA055
Accident Reports: Crash During Landing Federal Express, Inc., McDonnell Douglas MD-11, N611FE
Report #: AAR-00-02
Accident Date: 7/31/1997
Issue Date: 8/25/2000
Date Closed: 7/29/2002
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
Keyword(s): Flight Computer

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/29/2002
Response: The FAA reports that the FCC-908 software upgrade has been installed on 100 percent of the worldwide MD-11 fleet. Although the FAA did not require installation of the FCC-908 software upgrade, as recommended, its efforts to promote the software upgrade resulted in the recommendation's intent being met in an acceptable alternative manner. Therefore, Safety Recommendation A-00-96 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Alternate Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/13/2001
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 11/19/2001 10:56:51 AM MC# 2010909: The FAA is tracking, through Boeing and all U.S. MD-11 operators, the installation of the flight control computer (FCC) -908 software upgrade throughout the U.S. fleet. This upgrade is being offered by Boeing at no cost, and is rapidly being incorporated by all U.S. operators. Presently, the FCC -908 software upgrade has been installed on 39 of a total of 64 U.S. registered MD-11 airplanes. The FAA expects that 100 percent of the U.S. fleet will be equipped by January 2001. As a further measure, Boeing, with FAA concurrence, issued an All Operators Letter (AOL) 11-516 on July 21, 2000, outlining the FCC -908 software upgrades' availability and recommending its installation. This AOL informs all civil aviation authorities of countries with MD-11 operators that the software upgrade is being incorporated throughout the U.S. fleet and encourages similar efforts in their countries. I will inform the Board when the FCC -908 software upgrade has been completed on the U.S. fleet of MD-11 airplanes.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/13/2001
Response: Although the FAA has not taken the regulatory action recommended, once completed, its action will be an acceptable alternative method of meeting the intent of this recommendation. Therefore, pending notice from the FAA that the FCC-908 software upgrade has been completed on all MD-11 aircraft throughout the world, Safety Recommendation A-00-96 is classified "Open-Acceptable Alternate Response."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/13/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 11/15/2000 3:27:59 PM MC# 2001695 The FAA is tracking, through Boeing and all U.S. MD-11 operators, the installation of the flight control computer (FCC) -908 software upgrade throughout the U.S. fleet. This upgrade is being offered by Boeing at no cost, and is rapidly being incorporated by all U.S. operators. Presently, the FCC -908 software upgrade has been installed on 39 of a total of 64 U.S. registered MD-11 airplanes. The FAA expects that 100 percent of the U.S. fleet will be equipped by January 2001. As a further measure, Boeing, with FAA concurrence, issued an All Operators Letter (AOL) 11-516 on July 21, 2000, outlining the FCC -908 software upgrades' availability and recommending its installation. This AOL informs all civil aviation authorities of countries with MD-11 operators that the software upgrade is being incorporated throughout the U.S. fleet and encourages similar efforts in their countries. I will inform the Board when the FCC -908 software upgrade has been completed on the U.S. fleet of MD-11 airplanes.