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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-10-034
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Synopsis: On February 12, 2009, about 2217 eastern standard time,1 a Colgan Air, Inc., Bombardier DHC-8-400 (Q400),2 N200WQ, operating as Continental Connection flight 3407, was on an instrument approach to Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, Buffalo, New York, when it crashed into a residence in Clarence Center, New York, about 5 nautical miles northeast of the airport. The 2 pilots, 2 flight attendants, and 45 passengers aboard the airplane were killed, one person on the ground was killed, and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postcrash fire. The flight, which originated from Liberty International Airport (EWR), Newark, New Jersey, was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Update the definitions for reportable icing intensities in the Aeronautical Information Manual so that the definitions are consistent with the more detailed intensities defined in Advisory Circular 91-74A, Pilot Guide: Flight in Icing Conditions.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Acceptable Response
Mode: Aviation
Location: Clarence Center, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA09MA027
Accident Reports: Loss of Control on Approach, Colgan Air, Inc., Operating as Continental Connection Flight 3407, Bombardier DHC 8 400, N200WQ
Report #: AAR-10-01
Accident Date: 2/12/2009
Issue Date: 2/23/2010
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Open - Acceptable Response)
Keyword(s): Icing

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 4/14/2014
Response: We are aware that you completed the draft revision to the AIM to incorporate the reportable icing intensities specified in AC 91-74A and that these changes will be published in the AIM and the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) once the air traffic automation systems and other associated directives are updated. We note that you expect the update to require at least 18 more months to complete, after which you will issue an Information for Operators memorandum. Pending publication of the revised AIM, Safety Recommendation A 10-34 remains classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/9/2014
Response: -From Michael P. Huerta, Administrator: As stated in the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) letter dated September 24, 2012, the FAA has completed the revisions to the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) as recommended. These changes will be published in the AIM and the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) once the air traffic automation systems and other associated directives are updated. We expect the extensive update to be completed in a minimum of 18 months. After the changes have been published in the AIM and AIP, the FAA will issue an Information for Operators as noted in our previous response. I will provide an update to the Board on the status of this safety recommendation by December 2015.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 12/18/2012
Response: The FAA completed the draft revision to the AIM to incorporate the reportable icing intensities specified in AC 91-74A, and the agency is currently working to develop, coordinate, and deliver training to air traffic controllers about the new terminology. Pending publication of the revised AIM, Safety Recommendation A-10-34 remains classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/24/2012
Response: -From Michael P. Huerta, Acting Administrator: Currently, there is no regulatory requirement for Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 121 supplemental, 135, and 91 K operators to have an adverse weather phenomena reporting and forecasting system/subsystem. However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has guidance on weather reporting in FAA Order 8900.1, Flight Standards Information Management System that is applicable to parts 121, 135, and 91 K. Based on the FAA's evaluation of this guidance, we have determined that changes are necessary and are currently working on revisions to meet the intent of recommendations A-IO-32 and -33. Once the changes to Order 8900.1 are complete, the FAA will revise the data collection tool (DCT) contained in the Air Transportation Oversight System (A TOS). A TOS is used to ensure that operators are in compliance with regulations. To further address Safety Recommendation A- IO-34, the FAA has completed the draft revision to the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) as proposed in our last letter on recommendations A-10-33 and -34. The revision incorporates the reportable icing intensities from Advisory Circular 9l -74A, Pilot Guide: Flight in Icing Conditions, into the AIM. Upon approval, the revision will be coordinated internally to develop, coordinate, and deliver training to air traffic controllers on the new terminology. Once the change is published in the AIM, the FAA will issue an Information for Operators to inform pilots about the change in terminology. The FAA is also planning to update the Aeronautical Information Publication. I will keep the Board informed of the FAA's progress on these safety recommendations and provide an update by October 2013.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/25/2011
Response: The FAA indicated that it is revising the icing intensity definitions in the AIM and the Aeronautical Infol111ation Publication to be consistent with the definitions in AC 91-74A. Pending completion of these revisions, Safety Recommendation A-10-34 is classified OPEN – ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/22/2010
Response: MC# 2100243 - From J. Randolph Babbitt, Administrator: We understand the intent of Safety Recommendation A-1O-33 and we are evaluating all four current requirements, policy, and guidance for parts 121, 135, and 91 K operators, to determine what changes should be made to appropriately address this recommendation. Furthermore, we have initiated the revision process to update the icing intensity definitions found in the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) and the Aeronautical Information Publication (AlP) to be consistent with those defined in Advisory Circular 91-74A and will provide the Board with more detailed information and an anticipated publication date of the revised icing intensity definitions in the AIM/AlP by December 2010.