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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-01-063
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Synopsis: On June 1, 1999, at 2350:44 central daylight time, American Airlines flight 1420, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82), N215AA, crashed after it overran the end of runway 4R during landing at Little Rock National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas. Flight 1420 departed from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Texas, about 2240 with 2 flight crewmembers, 4 flight attendants, and 139 passengers aboard and touched down in Little Rock at 2350:20. After departing the end of the runway, the airplane struck several tubes extending outward from the left edge of the instrument landing system localizer array, located 411 feet beyond the end of the runway; passed through a chain link security fence and over a rock embankment to a flood plain, located approximately 15 feet below the runway elevation; and collided with the structure supporting the runway 22L approach lighting system. The captain and 10 passengers were killed; the first officer, the flight attendants, and 105 passengers received serious or minor injuries; and 24 passengers were not injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postcrash fire. Flight 1420 was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121 on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Amend Federal Aviation Administration Order 7110.65, "Air Traffic Control," to require controllers to monitor the progress of Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting crews responding to emergencies to ensure that the response is consistent with known location information.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: LITTLE ROCK, AR, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA99MA060
Accident Reports: Runway Overrun During Landing, American Airlines Flight 1420, McDonnell Douglas MD-82
Report #: AAR-01-02
Accident Date: 6/1/1999
Issue Date: 12/10/2001
Date Closed: 8/10/2004
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Air Traffic Control, Airport Rescue and Firefighting

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/10/2004
Response: The Safety Board notes that FAA Order 7110.65, paragraph 10-1-6, has been amended to require controllers to monitor the progress of airport rescue and firefighting crews responding to emergencies to ensure that the response is consistent with known location information. Therefore, Safety Recommendation A-01-63 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/14/2004
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 5/24/2004 12:02:04 PM MC# 2040239 Order 7110.65, Air Traffic Control, paragraph 10-1-6, has been amended to require controllers to monitor the progress of airport rescue and firefighting crews responding to emergencies to ensure that the response is consistent with known location information. The change indicates that when workload permits, controllers should monitor the progress of emergency vehicles responding to a situation and, if necessary, provide available information to assist responders in finding the accident/incident scene. I have enclosed a copy of the revision to Order 7110.65 for the Board's information. I believe that the FAA has satisfactorily responded to this safety recommendation, and I look forward to your response.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 10/17/2002
Response: The FAA states that it agrees with the intent of this recommendation and will amend Order 7110.65 to require controllers to monitor the progress of ARFF crews responding to emergencies to ensure that the response is consistent with known location information. Pending the amendment of Order 7110.65, Safety Recommendation A-01-63 is classified "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/19/2002
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 02/21/2002 7:49:04 PM MC# 2020178 The FAA agrees with the intent of this recommendation and will amend Order 7110.65, Air Traffic Control, to require controllers to monitor the progress of ARFF crews responding to emergencies to ensure that the response is consistent with known location information.