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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-16-033
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 PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY: After consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration, clarify your policies regarding continuous friction measuring equipment use during winter operations and ensure that this information is included in the Airport Certification Manual and Snow and Ice Control Plan for each airport operated by the Port Authority.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
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: 9/1/2017
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Closed - Acceptable Action)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Date: 9/1/2017
Response: We note that you have updated the ACMs and SICPs for each airport that you operate to specify that advisory circular (AC) 150/5200-30D, “Airport Field Condition Assessments and Winter Operations Safety,” is the Port Authority’s policy on CFME use during winter operations. We also note that you have discussed this change with your airport staff and emphasized the importance of following the guidance contained in the AC. These actions satisfy Safety Recommendation A 16 33, which is classified CLOSED—ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Date: 2/2/2017
Response: -From Tom Bock, General Manager, Aviation Regulatory and Operational Support: On September 14, 2016, Tom Bock, General Manager, Airport Regulatory and Operational Support, consulted with Steve Urlass, Division Manager, Eastern Region, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA} concerning our policy on the use of continuous friction measuring equipment (CFME). The Port Authority and the FAA agreed on the importance of clarifying Port Authority policy regarding use CFME during winter operations and reflecting the policy in a consistent manner in our Airport Certification Manuals (ACM), inclusive of the Snow and Ice Control Plan (which is part of the ACM). We have updated the ACMs with consistent language and the FAA has approved them. Enclosed find the relevant pages from the ACM of each of LGA, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Teterboro Airport, and Stewart Airport. We understand that the NTSB recommendation followed your review of our internal, Aviation Department Policy Statement 1-2011 "Winter Operations Friction Testing and Snow and Ice Control Plans" (CFME Policy) which stated that the use of CFME is optional, and your comparison to the LGA ACM which stated that CFME is used during winter operations. We acknowledge the discrepancy and have addressed it. We have taken two actions. One, we cancelled the CMFE Policy as it is now redundant of FAA guidance which describes use of CFME as optional (see FAA Advisory Circular 150/5200.30D}. And two, we have clarified where necessary reference to CFME in the ACMs. The relevant ACM pages are enclosed for your reference. Further, we have discussed and emphasized with staff from airport operations at all of our airports the importance of following FAA guidance with respect to CFME in winter operations. We appreciate the NTSB's guidance and believe our actions have been responsive to your recommendation. Safety is a top priority and we strive to achieve consistency and clarity in our direction to staff.