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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-07-110
Synopsis: On February 7, 2006, about 2359 eastern standard time, United Parcel Service Company (UPS) flight 1307, a McDonnell Douglas DC-8-71F, N748UP, landed at its destination airport, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after a cargo smoke indication in the cockpit. The captain, first officer, and flight engineer evacuated the airplane after landing. The flight crewmembers sustained minor injuries, and the airplane and most of the cargo were destroyed by fire after landing. The scheduled cargo flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121 on an instrument flight rules flight plan. Night visual conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.
Recommendation: TO THE CARGO AIRLINE ASSOCIATION: Work with your member airlines and other groups, such as the Air Transport Association, major aircraft manufacturers, and the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Working Group,4 to develop and disseminate accurate and complete airplane Emergency Response diagrams for ARFF personnel at airports with cargo operations.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Exceeds Recommended Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: DCA06MA022
Accident Reports: In-Flight Cargo Fire, United Parcel Service Company Flight 1307, McDonnell Douglas DC-8-71F, N748UP
Report #: AAR-07-07
Accident Date: 2/7/2006
Issue Date: 12/17/2007
Date Closed: 12/27/2010
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Cargo Airline Association (Closed - Exceeds Recommended Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Cargo Airline Association
Date: 12/27/2010
Response: The NTSB is pleased with the CAA’s extensive efforts to address this recommendation, including the development and dissemination of a template for each member carrier to use to submit the most valuable information to ARFF on each of their aircraft types and support given to the ARFF Working Group in establishing a comprehensive database that ARFF Incident Commanders can access from a mobile data terminal or a laptop computer. The NTSB is also pleased that, in addition to the template data provided by carriers, the database can access airport structure layouts, weather programs, the wireless information system for emergency responders (WISER) hazardous materials identification program, and other useful information. Because the CAA’s efforts surpass the recommended action, Safety Recommendation A-07-110 is classified CLOSED -- EXCEEDS RECOMMENDED ACTION.

From: Cargo Airline Association
Date: 6/10/2010
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 6/16/2010 11:13:14 AM MC# 2100200 - From Yvette A. Rose, Senior Vice President: As noted in our letter dated March 17, 2008, the CAA and other industry trade Associations, airlines, manufacturers, the IPA labor union and aircraft rescue and fire fighters through the ARFF Working Group communicated early and often to develop a specific action plan and template in order to implement the Recommendation. The parties committed to working together since the issuance of the Recommendation and have been encouraged by the results of our efforts. The specific measures taken to address this Recommendation are as follows: 1. Developed a Charter and Action Plan for the Committee. 2. Developed a template for each cargo carrier to use to submit the most valuable information to aircraft rescue and fire fighters on each of their aircraft type(s). 3. Disseminated the template to the all-cargo carriers. 4. Received the required information, to the extent feasible, directly from major cargo airlines or through publicly available sources. 5. Worked with the FAA on other Recommendations related to this accident and coordinated efforts on issues such as fire suppression. 6. Currently working with the FAA, UPS, FedEx Express and the FAA's contractor SAIC to develop a DVD/video component to provide guidance for ARFF response, tactics and strategy for incidents involving cargo aircraft fires. 7. Relayed the chart and diagram information to the ARFF Working Group to disseminate to the aircraft rescue and fire fighting community through a new comprehensive database created by ARFF Working Group members. 8. The ARFF Working Group has taken the lead on the dissemination of the aircraft chart and diagram information through the database and the database also includes many more useful aspects aimed at assisting aircraft rescue fire fighters. 9. ARFF Working Group and Cargo Airline Association members have provided comments and suggestions for the development of the FAA's new Advisory Circular titled, "High Reach Extendible Turrets", currently out for comment. With the specific measures outlined above, we are confident that safe operations when responding to fires or other emergencies at our nation's airports involving all-cargo aircraft has been enhanced and improved upon. However, throughout this process, it became evident that a continued emphasis must be placed on communication between the fire fighters and the airlines, as well as an awareness of the uniqueness of the cargo industry as a whole. To that end, it is important to note the work of UPS Airlines since the accident which prompted this Recommendation. Voluntarily, UPS has coordinated several training exercises and their own CD component to assist aircraft rescue and fire fighters in their work. UPS noted early the benefits of face-to-face communication and education of the unique cargo fleet. UPS continues to visit many airports across the country and provide free training to those responsible for aircraft rescue and fire fighting. Moreover, the database would not have become a reality without the dedication of the ARFF Working Group members and their leads in this effort, Chief Jack Kreckie 80S ARFF (Retired), Chief Jim Nilo (RIC ARFF), Chief David Whitaker (MEM ARFF), Lt. Tom Wagner (ORD ARFF) and Chief Paul Flanagan (PHL ARFF). They should be commended for their time and effort to make the database a reality. The CAA commits to continuing such efforts with the assistance of the ARFF Working Group and other members of the NTSB Recommendation Committee to ensure a safe and appropriate response to any cargo aircraft emergency. It is also important to recognize the FAA ARFF Specialist Marc Tonnacliff, who has served as the catalyst for the FAA ARFF Training DVD's specific to Cargo Aircraft Fires and High Reach Extendible Turret (HRET), as well as the development of a comprehensive Advisory Circular on High Reach Extendible Turrets. Mr. Tonnacliff has provided a great deal of support for all of these projects and is highly respected by the ARFF community. We trust this work will satisfy the NTSB to close the Recommendation as acceptable, knowing safety has been enhanced and the doors of communication and working together to improve safety will continue to remain wide open. We thank the NTSB for addressing such an important issue with this Recommendation and working with you and your staff along the way has been a pleasure.

From: NTSB
To: Cargo Airline Association
Date: 7/1/2008
Response: The CAA responded that it has communicated with a number of organizations, including the Air Transport Association, Aerospace Industries Association, the Independent Pilots Association, and the ARFF Working Group to discuss the plans for responding to this recommendation. Representatives of these organizations have held conference calls, and the group is currently preparing a course of action to address the recommendation. Pending the CAA’s taking the action recommended, Safety Recommendation A-07-110 is classified OPEN -- ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: Cargo Airline Association
Date: 3/17/2008
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 3/18/2008 9:57:24 AM MC# 2080130: - From Yvette A. Rose, Senior Vice President: In response to the above-referenced Safety Recommendation (Recommendation) issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on December 17, 2007, the Cargo Airline Association (CAA) respectfully submits the following information. The CAA commends the NTSB for issuing this Recommendation which once implemented will allow our airport’s fire fighters to utilize better information when responding to cargo aircraft emergencies. Since the issuance of the Recommendation, we have been in communication with several aviation related associations, including the Air Transport Association (ATA), Aerospace Industries Association (AIA,), and as specifically noted in the Recommendation, the ARFF Working Group to discuss our plans for moving forward. Moreover, we have reached out to the Independent Pilots Association (PA), as this 9 organization was a party to the NTSB’s investigation of the accident in question and has been an advocate for aircraft rescue and fire fighting issues. The group has met via phone and is currently planning a specific course of action to address the issues raised in the Recommendation. The CAA is confident a mutually-agreed upon method to implement the Recommendation can be accomplished within 3-6 months.