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Safety Recommendation A-09-012
Synopsis: On July 10, 2007, about 0835 eastern daylight time, a Cessna Aircraft Company 310R, N501N, part of the fleet operated by the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) corporate aviation division, crashed while performing an emergency diversion to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), Orlando, Florida. The two pilots on board the airplane (a commercial pilot and an airline transport pilot [ATP]) and three people on the ground were killed. Four people on the ground received serious injuries. The airplane and two homes were destroyed by impact forces and a postcrash fire. The personal flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 on an instrument flight rules flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Develop a safety alert for operators informing general aviation pilots and maintenance personnel of the circuit breaker policy contained in Advisory Circular 120-80.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Sanford, FL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: NYC07MA162
Accident Reports: In flight Fire, Emergency Descent and Crash in a Residential Area Cessna 310R, N501N
Report #: AAR-09-01
Accident Date: 7/10/2007
Issue Date: 2/18/2009
Date Closed: 3/9/2010
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): General Aviation, Maintenance

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
Date: 3/9/2010
Response: On January 14, 2010, the FAA issued special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB) CE-10-11R1 that advises general aviation pilots, owners, maintenance personnel, and operators of best practices regarding tripped circuit breakers, inspection and maintenance of systems and aging wires, as well as a potential hazard when resetting an opened circuit breaker. Issuance of the SAIB fully meets the intent of Safety Recommendation A-09-12, which is classified CLOSED -- ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: FAA
Date: 5/4/2009
Response: MC# 2090293: - From Lynne A. Osmus, Acting Administrator: The Federal Aviation Administration will issue a safety alert for operators (SAFO) that will inform pilots and maintenance personnel of the guidance contained in Advisory Circular (AC) 120-80. The SAFO will (1) provide guidance on circuit breakers and highlight, more specifically, the policy on resetting tripped circuit breakers; (2) stress the most current “best practices” regarding inspection and maintenance of electrical systems, circuit breakers, and aging wiring; (3) reiterate the need to consult with the approved operating manual for aircraft-specific requirements pertaining to the electrical system and circuit breaker actions; and (4) focus on the need to review the information included in 14 CFR parts 61, 91, and associated Acs during initial training for both pilots and maintenance personnel and biennial training for pilots. The requirements of 14 CFR part 61 require pilots to have knowledge of aircraft systems contained in an approved flight manual as well as related Acs. Aircraft specific systems knowledge includes electrical system operations in normal, abnormal and emergency conditions. However, biennial training is not required for airmen holding a mechanic certificate. The FAA believes a SAFO per Safety Recommendation A-09- 12 is sufficient to address the maintenance issues of the recommendation. The FAA also understands the need to emphasize the specific regulations pertaining to, as well as the information contained in, AC 120-80. The FAA intends to publish the information regarding initial and biennial training, and resetting tripped circuit breakers using FAA Safety Team media and FAA Aviation News, as well as coordinate with various industry and pilot groups (Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association, National Business Aviation Association, Inc.). We anticipate issuing this SAFO by December 2009.