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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-05-018
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Synopsis: On December 18, 2003, about 1226 central standard time, Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) flight 647, a Boeing MD-10-10F (MD-10),1 N364FE, crashed while landing at Memphis International Airport (MEM), Memphis, Tennessee. The right main landing gear collapsed after touchdown on runway 36R, and the airplane veered off the right side of the runway. After the gear collapsed, a fire developed on the right side of the airplane. Of the two flight crewmembers and five nonrevenue FedEx pilots2 on board the airplane, the first officer and one nonrevenue pilot received minor injuries during the evacuation. The postcrash fire destroyed the airplaneā€™s right wing and portions of the right side of the fuselage. Flight 647 departed from Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Oakland, California, about 0832 (0632 Pacific standard time) and was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121 on an instrument flight rules flight plan.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: In cooperation with the Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority and Memphis Fire Department, modify the November 1, 2001, letter of agreement, titled, Airport Emergency .Procedures, to fully describe the protocol to be used for emergency responses, including Rural/Metro Fire Department aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment and personnel.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Memphis, TN, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA04MA011
Accident Reports: Hard Landing, Gear Collapse Federal Express Flight 647, Boeing MD-10-10F, N364FE
Report #: AAR-05-01
Accident Date: 12/18/2003
Issue Date: 5/31/2005
Date Closed: 3/29/2006
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Airport Rescue and Firefighting

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/29/2006
Response: The revisions made to the LOA that became effective in August 2005 are fully responsive to this recommendation. Consequently, Safety Recommendation A-05-18 is classified "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/20/2005
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 1/4/2006 2:02:46 PM MC# 2060018: Effective August 2005, a new LOA was signed that outlines the mutual aid agreement for airport emergency response between the Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority and the FedEx Express Fire Services. In accordance with this LOA, FedEx fire vehicles may provide emergency response assistance to incidents at Memphis International Airport. I have enclosed a copy of the new LOA 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: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/8/2005
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 9/14/2005 3:07:09 PM MC# 2050430 I will provide the Board the results of the FAA's review and a copy of the mandatory briefing item by October 2005. A-05-18. In cooperation with the MernphisiShelby County Airport Authority and Memphis Fire Department, modify the November 1, 2001, letter of agreement, titled, Airport Emergency Procedures, to fully describe the protocol to be used for emergency responses, including RuraUMetro Fire Department aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment and personnel. FAA Comment. The FAA is reviewing the letter of agreement. The FAA will determine what modification, if any, needs to be made after the review is completed. It is anticipated that the review will be completed by October 2005.