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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-16-027
Synopsis: On March 5, 2015, at 1102 eastern standard time, Delta Air Lines flight 1086, a Boeing MD-88, N909DL, was landing on runway 13 at LaGuardia Airport (LGA), New York, New York, when it departed the left side of the runway, contacted the airport perimeter fence, and came to rest with the airplane’s nose on an embankment next to Flushing Bay. The 2 pilots, 3 flight attendants, and 98 of the 127 passengers were not injured; the other 29 passengers received minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. Flight 1086 was a regularly scheduled passenger flight from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121. An instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Clarify guidance to all 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 air carriers to reinforce the importance of (1) having precise information about the number of passengers aboard an airplane, including lap-held children, and (2) making this information immediately available to emergency responders after an accident to facilitate timely search and rescue operations.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Acceptable Response
Mode: Aviation
Location: New York, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: DCA15FA085
Accident Reports: Runway Excursion During Landing Delta Air Lines Flight 1086 Boeing MD-88, N909DL, New York, New York March 5, 2015
Report #: AAR-16-02
Accident Date: 3/5/2015
Issue Date: 10/6/2016
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Open - Acceptable Response)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
Date: 3/27/2017
Response: We note that you plan to issue an Information for Operators (InFO) bulletin that will emphasize both the importance of having precise information about the number of passengers aboard an airplane—including lap-held children—and the need to make this information immediately available to emergency responders after an accident. Pending issuance of the InFO, Safety Recommendation A-16-27 is classified OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
Date: 12/27/2016
Response: -From Michael P. Huerta, Administrator: The FAA requires air carriers to maintain a load manifest that includes the names of passengers (unless the passenger names are maintained by some other means). Section 121.693(c) provides the framework for all part 121 certificate holders regarding what the load manifest must contain at takeoff time. We reiterate this requirement in FAA Order 8900.1. Volume 3, Chapter 33, Section 6. Paragraph 3-3566. Accident Notification and Manifest Accounting Procedures. which states that part 121 air carriers must include the names of passengers as part of the load manifest, unless such information is maintained by other means by the air carrier. such as ticket stubs or a computer source. The principal reason for this regulation is to facilitate the rapid and accurate determination of how many passengers are onboard an aircraft and who they are in the event of an emergency situation. As a result of these requirements, air carriers should be able to provide accurate and timely information regarding the total number of persons on an aircraft to an appropriate authority. To emphasize the importance of this issue the FAA will issue an All Information for Operators (InFO). We anticipate publication of this InFO by December 2017.