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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-71-004
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Synopsis: NORTH CENTRAL AIRLINES, FLIGHT 458, A CONVAIR 580, CRASHED WHILE IT WAS ON AN INSTRUMENT APPROACH AT O'HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, AT APPROXIMATELY 2022 C.S.T., ON DECEMBER 27, 1968. THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK THE SIDE OF A HANGAR, LOCATED ADJACENT TO THE APPROACH END OF THE RUNWAY, IN A NEAR-INVERTED ATTITUDE, AND WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT AND RESULTANT GROUND FIRE. TWENTY-SEVEN OF THE 45 PERSONS ON BOARD THE AIRCRAFT, INCLUDING THE PILOT, COPILOT AND AN ADDITIONAL CREWMEMBER WHO WAS OCCUPYING THE OBSERVER'S SEAT, WERE FATALLY INJURED. ONE PERSON IN THE HANGAR ALSO RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES AS A RESULT OF THE ACCIDENT.
Recommendation: SECTION 121.652 OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATIONS BE AMENDED TO PROHIBIT A CAPTAIN FROM BEING REMOVED FROM "HIGH" MINIMUMS UNTIL HE HAS ACCRUED 100 HOURS AS PILOT-IN-COMMAND IN TYPE AND THAT 50 PERCENT OF THIS TIME MAY BE REDUCED BY 1 HOUR FOR ONE LANDING THAT IS MADE BY CONDUCTING A PUBLISHED APPROACH PROCEDURE. ACTUAL OR SIMULATED IFR APPROACHES ACCRUED UNDER PART 121 TRAINING PROGRAM WOULD BE ACCEPTED FOR SUCH SUBSTITUTION CITED.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA69A0010
Accident Reports: North Central Airlines, Inc., Convair 580, N2045
Report #: AAR-70-27
Accident Date: 12/27/1968
Issue Date: 11/12/1970
Date Closed: 3/24/1971
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/1/1971
Response: FAA RESPONDED STATING THAT THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THIS REQUIREMENT WOULD SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVE PILOT FAMILIARITY WITH THE AIRCRAFT AND,THEREFORE, DO NOT BELIEVE THAT IT WOULD BE PRACTICAL TO ADD THIS REQUIREMENT TO THE PRESENT REGULATION. THEY SUGGEST MORE EMPHASIS BE PLACED ON THE PROBLEM OF SPACIAL DISORIENTATION INSTEAD. THEY ALSO SUGGEST A MEETING WITH FLIGHT STANDARDS SERVICE TO DISCUSS THIS MATTER AND EXPLORE ALTERNATIVES.