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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-06-007
Synopsis: On October 19, 2004, about 1937 central daylight time,1 Corporate Airlines (doing business as American Connection) flight 5966, a BAE Systems BAE-J3201, N875JX, struck trees on final approach and crashed short of runway 36 at the Kirksville Regional Airport (IRK), Kirksville, Missouri. The flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121 as a scheduled passenger flight from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL), in St. Louis, Missouri, to IRK. The captain, first officer, and 11 of the 13 passengers were fatally injured, and 2 passengers received serious injuries. The airplane was destroyed by impact and a postimpact fire. Night instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Direct the principal operations inspectors of all 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 and 135 operators to reemphasize the importance of strict compliance with the sterile cockpit rule.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Kirksville, MO, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: DCA05MA004
Accident Reports: Collision with Trees and Crash Short of Runway, Corporate Airlines Flight 5966, British Aerospace BAE-J3201, N875JX
Report #: AAR-06-01
Accident Date: 10/19/2004
Issue Date: 2/7/2006
Date Closed: 11/9/2006
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Sterile Cockpit

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
Date: 11/9/2006
Response: On April 28, 2006, the FAA issued Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) 06004, "Approach and Landing Accident Reduction: Sterile Cockpit, Fatigue." The purpose of the SAFO is to emphasize the importance of sterile cockpit discipline. With the issuance of SAFO 06004, the FAA has completed the recommended action. Consequently, Safety Recommendation A-06-7 is classified "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
Date: 5/31/2006
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 6/13/2006 10:06:23 AM MC# 2060284: Marion C. Blakey, Administrator, FAA, 5/31/06 The Federal Aviation Administration will issue a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) calling attention to the so-called "sterile cockpit" rules (14 CFR 121.542 and 135.100) applicable to air carrier operations. The SAFO will remind inspectors and 14 CFR Parts 12 1 and 135 operators that strict compliance with those rules, respectively, is required, and that breaches of those rules have contributed to at least one recent accident involving a U.S. air carrier. The SAFO will be issued by June 30,2006.