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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-04-012
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Synopsis: On January 8, 2003, about 0847:28 eastern standard time, Air Midwest (doing business as US Airways Express) flight 5481, a Raytheon (Beechcraft) 1900D, N233YV, crashed shortly after takeoff from runway 18R at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, North Carolina. The 2 flight crewmembers and 19 passengers aboard the airplane were killed, 1 person on the ground received minor injuries, and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postcrash fire. Flight 5481 was a regularly scheduled passenger flight to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, Greer, South Carolina, and was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121 on an instrument flight rules flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Audit training records for personnel who are currently performing maintenance on Air Midwest airplanes to verify that the training was properly accomplished in accordance with the company's Maintenance Procedures Manual and Maintenance Training Manual.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Charlotte, NC, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA03MA022
Accident Reports: Loss of Pitch Control During Takeoff Air Midwest Flight 5481, Raytheon (Beechcraft) 1900D, N233YV
Report #: AAR-04-01
Accident Date: 1/8/2003
Issue Date: 3/5/2004
Date Closed: 11/20/2009
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Maintenance, Oversight, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 11/20/2009
Response: The FAA replied that it had performed an audit of the Air Midwest facilities and that most records were current and up to date. Although discrepancies were identified, Air Midwest was responsive and addressed the findings in an expeditious manner. The NTSB notes that the FAA completed its actions in response to this recommendation in 2005, before Air Midwest ceased operations. Although the FAA exceeded the NTSB’s expectations and completed the recommended action in 1 year, the NTSB is disappointed that the FAA did not inform the NTSB of this fact for nearly 4 years. Nevertheless, the FAA’s actions satisfied the intent of Safety Recommendation A-04-12, which is therefore classified CLOSED—ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/21/2008
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 12/10/2008 10:35:43 AM MC# 2080720: Randy Rabbitt, Administrator, FAA, 11/21/08 The Federal Aviation Administration’s Wichita Flight Standards District Office conducted audits at Air Midwest facilities to verify that the training was properly accomplished in accordance with the company’s Maintenance Procedures Manual and Maintenance Training Manual. The results of the audits revealed that most records were current and up-to-date. Discrepancies that were noted were corrected either on the spot or soon thereafter. Enclosed are documents that provide details of the findings and actions of the audit: System Safety Evaluation Report - Air Midwest, Inc. dated June 2004; FAA letter dated September 2, 2004 to Air Midwest, Inc., stating the negative results found in the Safety Attribute Inspection; FAA memorandum dated September 20, 2004, regarding Audit of Air Midwest, Inc. Maintenance Training Records; Air Midwest Tracking Report - from Audit to Closeout; and Air Midwest Program Tracking and Reporting data sheets for each finding. While our actions in response to this recommendation were complete in 2005, you should be aware that Air Midwest subsequently ceased operations in June 2008 and surrendered its certificate in August 2008. I believe that the FAA has effectively addressed this safety recommendation, and I consider our actions complete

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 10/12/2005
Response: The FAA stated that it would perform an audit of Air Midwest's maintenance personnel training records to ascertain compliance with Air Midwest's manual requirements. Although the FAA's June 18, 2004, letter indicates that the audit would be completed by August 31, 2004, the Safety Board has been unable to determine the results of the audit or even if it has been performed. If the audit has not yet been performed, the Board emphasizes that the audit should include all personnel performing maintenance on Air Midwest airplanes, regardless of whether they are Air Midwest employees or contractors. The Board requests a report of the audit results when it is completed. Pending receipt and review of the audit results, Safety Recommendation A-04-12 is classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/18/2004
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 6/28/2004 3:14:12 PM MC# 2040357 The FAA will perform an audit of Air Midwest's maintenance personnel training records to ascertain compliance with Air Midwest's manual requirements. It is anticipated that the audit will be completed by August 31, 2004.