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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-00-101
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: Based on the results of the study recommended in A-00-100, implement improved certification criteria for transport-category airplane designs that will reduce the incidence of landing accidents.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Reconsidered
Mode: Aviation
Location: Newark, NJ, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: 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 - Reconsidered)
Keyword(s): Regulation, Stability

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
Date: 7/29/2002
Response: The review of the studies described by the FAA represents an acceptable alternative method to address Safety Recommendation A-00-100. Based on the FAA's review of existing research, Safety Recommendation A-00-100 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Alternate Action." Safety Recommendation A-00-101 was based on the possible results from the proposed study stated in A-00-100. Because the FAA's review of already completed studies does not indicate that airplane accidents that occur during landing could be further reduced by aircraft design improvements, Safety Recommendation A-00-101 is classified "Closed--Reconsidered."

From: FAA
Date: 11/13/2001
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 11/19/2001 10:56:51 AM MC# 2010909: The FAA completed its review of available history related to approach and landing accidents and incidents on large transport-category airplanes in response to Safety Recommendation A-00-100. Based on the review, the FAA concluded that the sponsorship of a NASA study to identify, qualify, and quantify undesirable stability and control characteristics that may develop during landing is not warranted. I consider the FAA's action to be completed on this safety recommendation.

From: NTSB
Date: 6/13/2001
Response: Pending completion of (1) the FAA's review of planned and current NASA research programs and other FAA and industry research programs related to these recommendations and (2) notice from the FAA on the research program it will sponsor at NASA on stability and control characteristics of widely used, large transport-category airplanes, Safety Recommendations A-00-100 and -101 are classified "Open-Acceptable Response."

From: FAA
Date: 11/13/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 11/15/2000 3:27:59 PM MC# 2001695 The FAA will inform the Board of its course of action to address this safety recommendation when the review in response to Safety Recommendation A-00-100 is completed.