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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-70-030
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Synopsis: PUERTO RICO INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (PRINAIR), N563PR, A DE HAVILLAND HERON 114-2, A REGULARLY SCHEDULED AIR TAXI PASSENGER FLIGHT FROM ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS, TO SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, CRASHED IN THE SIERRA DE LUQUILLO MOUNTAINS WHILE BEING VECTORED FORAN ILS APPROACH TO RUNWAY 7 AT THE SAN JUAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AT APPROXIMATELY 1738, MARCH 5, 1969. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DESTROYED. THE ACCIDENT WAS FATAL TO ALL 19 OCCUPANTS ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT: TWO CREWMEMBERS AND 17 PASSENGERS.
Recommendation: RECOMMENDED THAT THE PSYCHIATRIC AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF CONTROLLERS UNDER THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER HEALTH PROGRAM BE EXPANDED. NOT ONLY SHOULD PERSONNEL ENTERING ON DUTY BE ASSESSED, BUT ALL CONTROLLER PERSONNEL SHOULD BE PERIODICALLY TESTED. THE PROGRAM SHOULD BE UNDER THE STRICT SUPERVISION OF QUALIFIED PSYCHIATRISTS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: MIA69A0051
Accident Reports: Puerto Rico International Airlines, Inc., De Havilland Heron 114-2, N563PR
Report #: AAR-70-09
Accident Date: 3/5/1969
Issue Date: 4/24/1970
Date Closed: 10/30/1974
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/19/1970
Response: 6/19/70 FAA STATED THEY SHARED THE BOARD'S CONCERN FOR THE CONTROLLERS' HEALTH AND THE NEED FOR EXPANSION OF THE PSYCHIATRIC AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF CONTROLLERS UNDER THE ATC HEALTH PLAN. A NATIONWIDE PANEL OF CONSULTING PSYCHIATRISTS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS HAD BEEN APPOINTED TO ASSIST THE FEDERAL AIR SURGEON IN THE RELATED ASPECTS OF THIS SPECIALIZED MEDICAL FIELD. THE FAA FELT CONFIDENT THAT THIS ACTION WOULD ENHANCE THEIR CAPABILITY IN THE CONTROLLER HEALTH AREA AND THAT IT SIGNIFIED A FORWARD STEP IN THE PROMOTION OF AERONAUTICAL SAFETY.