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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-05-010
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Synopsis: On July 13, 2003, about 1530 eastern daylight time, Air Sunshine, Inc. (doing business as Tropical Aviation Services, Inc.), flight 527, a Cessna 402C, N314AB, was ditched in the Atlantic Ocean about 7.35 nautical miles west-northwest of Treasure Cay Airport, Treasure Cay, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, after the in-flight failure of the right engine. Two of the nine passengers sustained no injuries, five passengers and the pilot sustained minor injuries, and one adult and one child passenger died after they evacuated the airplane. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 as a scheduled international passenger commuter flight.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Review and revise the process through which the transfer of a Part 135 air carriers operating certificate from one Flight Standards District Office to another is granted to ensure the adequate oversight of such carriers. Further, ensure that, before granting an operators request to transfer an operating certificate, appropriate geographic oversight is in place at the new office and that the justification for the transfer has been adequately documented and reviewed.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Treasure Cay, Bahamas
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: MIA03FA141
Accident Reports: In-Flight Engine Failure and Subsequent Ditching Air Sunshine, Inc., Flight 527, Cessna 402C, N314AB, About 7.35 Nautical Miles West-Northwest of Treasure Cay Airport
Report #: AAR-04-03
Accident Date: 7/13/2003
Issue Date: 4/8/2005
Date Closed: 5/2/2007
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Oversight

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/2/2007
Response: On October 28, 2005, the FAA issued Handbook Bulletin for Airworthiness (HBAW) 0511, Transfer and Reassignment of Air Carrier Certification Management Responsibility, which revised the process the FAA uses to transfer a Part 121 or Part 135 air carrier’s operating certificate from one FSDO to another. The revisions were made to ensure that adequate oversight is in place and that the justification for the transfer is adequately reviewed and documented. With the issuance of HBAW 05-11, the FAA has completed the action recommended. Consequently, Safety Recommendation A-05-10 is classified Closed Acceptable Action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/9/2007
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 1/16/2007 3:53:01 PM MC# 2070014: Marion C. Blakey, Administrator, FAA, 1/9/07 The Federal Aviation Administration issued Handbook Bulletin for Airworthiness (HBAW) 05-11, effective October 28, 2005. This HBAW revised the current process through which the transfer of a 14 CFR Part 135 air carrier's operating certificate from one flight standards district office to another is granted to ensure that adequate oversight is in place and that the justification for the transfer is adequately reviewed and documented. This HBAW also addresses the Board's concern regarding geographic oversight of Part 135 air carriers and a copy of the bulletin is enclosed. I believe that the FAA has satisfactorily responded to this safety recommendation, and I look forward to your response.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/18/2006
Response: The Safety Board notes that the FAA plans to issue a handbook bulletin for airworthiness (HBAW) to revise the current process for the transfer of a Part 135 air carrier's operating certificate from one FSDO to another to ensure that adequate oversight is in place and that the justification for the transfer is adequately reviewed and documented. The FAA stated that the new process will also ensure appropriate geographic oversight of the air carrier's operations certificate, especially its maintenance operation, is in place. The FAA is taking the recommended action; accordingly, pending issuance of the HBAW, Safety Recommendation A-05-10 is classified "Open-Acceptable Response."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/15/2005
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 8/22/2005 10:56:53 AM MC# 2050386 :Marion C. Blakey, Administrator, FAA, 8/15/05 The FAA will issue a Handbook Bulletin for Airworthiness to revise the current process through which the transfer of a 14 CFR Part 135 air carrier's operating certificate from one flight standards district office to another is granted to ensure that adequate oversight is in place and that the justification for the transfer is adequately reviewed and documented. The FAA will also ensure appropriate geographic oversight of the air carrier's operations certificate, especially its maintenance operation, is in place. It is anticipated that the bulletin will be issued by September 2005. I will provide the Board with a copy of the bulletin as soon as it is issued.