Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-00-099
Details
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 DC-10 and MD-11 operators to provide their pilots with information and training regarding the ground spoiler knockdown feature and its effects on landing characteristics and performance.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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: 2/23/2004
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Flightcrew, Spoilers, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 2/23/2004
Response: The Safety Board notes that on October 31, 2001, the FAA issued Flight Standards Information Bulletin for Air Transportation (FSAT) 01-12, "Approach and Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR): Recommended Flightcrew Training." This bulletin specifically mentions flight crew operating manual changes Boeing issued relating to DC-10, MD-10, and MD-11 landings, including the ground spoiler knockdown feature and its effects on landing characteristics and performance. In an October 22, 2002, letter, the Board stated that the bulletin contains the information that Safety Recommendation A-00-99 asked be provided to pilots; however; the Board asked the FAA to explain how it would require operators to supply this information and training to their pilots. Before the December 12, 2003, meeting, the FAA provided the Safety Board with a list of DC-10, MD-10, and MD-11 operators in the United States that had confirmed to the FAA that the recommended training was included in the training curriculum of their pilots. At the meeting, the FAA indicated that this list included all DC-10, MD-10, and MD-11 operators in the United States. Consequently, Safety Recommendation A-00-99 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 10/22/2002
Response: On October 31, 2001, the FAA issued FSAT 01-12, "Approach and Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR): Recommended Flightcrew Training," which specifically mentions the flight crew operating manual changes Boeing issued relating to DC-l0, MD-l0, and MD-11 landings, including the ground spoiler knockdown feature and its effects on landing characteristics and performance. Although the bulletin contains the information that this recommendation asked be provided to pilots, the Safety Board notes that the recommendation asks that operators be required to provide this information and training to their pilots. The Board asks the FAA to explain how it will require the operators to supply this information and training to their pilots. Pending receipt of an answer to that question, Safety Recommendation A-00-99 remains classified "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/15/2002
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 06/10/2002 9:25:16 AM MC# 2020574 On October 31, 2001, the FAA issued FSAT 01-12, Approach and Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR): Recommended Flightcrew Training. The bulletin specifically mentions the flightcrew operating manual changes Boeing issued relating to DC-lo, MD-lo, and MD-11 landings, including ground spoiler knockdown feature and its effects on landing characteristics and performance. I have enclosed a copy of the bulletin for the Board's information. I believe that the bulletin addresses the full intent of this safety recommendation, and I consider the FAA's action to be completed.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/13/2001
Response: Pending issuance of the bulletin, Safety Recommendations A-00-95 and -99 are classified "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/13/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 11/15/2000 3:27:59 PM MC# 2001695 The FAA agrees with the intent of these safety recommendations and will issue a flight standards information bulletin. The bulletin will direct principal operations inspectors (POI) assigned to 14 CFR Part 121 carriers that use auxiliary performance computers to review and ensure that training and procedures regarding the use of this equipment and the interpretation of the data generated, including landing distance data, are provided. In addition, the bulletin will direct POI's to ensure that DC-10 and MD-11 operators provide their pilots with information and training regarding the ground spoiler knockdown feature and its effects on landing characteristics and performance. It is anticipated that the bulletin will be issued by March 2001. I will provide the Board with a copy of the bulletin as soon as it is issued.