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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-16-029
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: Revise Advisory Circular 150/5200-30D, “Airport Field Condition Assessments and Winter Operations Safety,” to provide more precise guidance regarding (1) the need to issue notices to airmen (NOTAM) in a timely manner and (2) the specific changes to runway surface conditions that would prompt the issuance of updated NOTAMs.
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: On February 8, 2017, staff from the FAA and the NTSB met to discuss this recommendation. During this meeting, we discussed portions of paragraph of AC 150/5200 30D that were not consistent with the NOTAMs issued during the accident by LaGuardia Airport regarding runway conditions. After this meeting, our staff forwarded to the FAA staff a simple change to the language in paragraph that we believe would fully satisfy this recommendation if it were incorporated into AC 150/5200-30D. Your staff is currently considering this suggested revision. Pending inclusion of the suggestion, or a similar revision, Safety Recommendation A-16-29 is classified OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
Date: 12/27/2016
Response: -From Michael P. Huerta, Administrator: FAA Order JO 7930.2, Notices to Airmen, currently incorporates language addressing the need to issue NOT AMs in a timely manner and is responsive to the first part of this recommendation. The FAA also has guidance in place addressing the second part of this recommendation. AC 150/5200-300. paragraph currently details the specific changes to runway surface conditions that would prompt the issuance or updated condition reports through the NOTAM system. We believe the current guidance in FAA Order JO 7930.2 and AC 150/5200-300 is sufficient to effectively address this safety recommendation. In summa ry. I believe that the FAA has effectively addressed Safely Recommendations A- 16-28 and -29 and consider our actions complete.