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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-71-016
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Synopsis: AT APPROXIMATELY 10:48 A.M. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME ON JULY 2, 1970, SHORT BROTHERS & HARLAND, LTD., SKYVAN SERIES 3, N21CK, OPERATED BY JETCO AVIATION, INC., WASHINGTON, D. C., AS AIR TAXI CARGO FLIGHT, FLIGHT 106, CRASHED DURING A VOR APPROACH TO WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DEMOLISHED BUT DID NOT BURN. BOTH CREWMEMBERS RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES. THERE WERE NO PASSENGERS. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE AIRCRAFT WAS FIRST VISIBLE TO THEM, THROUGH FOG AND HAZE, WHEN IT WAS 700 TO 800 FEET ABOVE AND ABOUT ONE-HALF MILE OUT FROM THE THRESHOLD OF RUNWAY 15. SHORTLY AFTER THE AIRCRAFT CAME INTO VIEW OF THE WITNESSES, IT NOSED DOWN AND ROLLED LEFT UNTIL THE WINGS WERE NEARLY VERTICAL. THE NOSEDOWN ANGLE STEEPENED PROGRESSIVELY UNTIL IT REACHED 45 DEGREES OR MORE. THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK THE WATER OF ROACHES RUN IN THIS ATTITUDE, CARTWHEELED ONTO THE RIGHT WINGTIP AND SANK IN WATER 12 TO 15 FEET DEEP ABOUT 1,800 FEET NORTH OF THE THRESHOLD OF RUNWAY 15.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT: THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) TAKE THE NECESSARY ACTION TO INSTRUCT ALL AIR TAXI CARGO OPERATORS TO STOW AND SECURE THEIR CARGO IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF PART 135.117 OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATIONS AND THE MANUFACTURER'S SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE AIRCRAFT INVOLVED.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Washington, DC, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: IAD71AI002
Accident Reports: Jetco Aviation, Incorporated Short Brothers and Harland, Ltd., Skyvan Series 3(SC-7), N21CK
Report #: AAR-71-06
Accident Date: 7/2/1970
Issue Date: 8/26/1970
Date Closed: 3/31/1971
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/11/1971
Response: FAA LTR: FAA HAS INITIATED ACTION TO AGAIN INSTRUCT AIR TAXI CARGO OPERATORS ON THE PROPER STOWAGE AND SECURITY OF CARGO AS PRESCRIBED IN PART 135:117 OF THE FAR'S. THEY WILL ALSO POINT OUT THE RECOMMENDATION CONTAINED IN ADVISORY CIRCULAR 91-23 (PILOTS WEIGHT AND BALANCE HANDBOOK) RELATIVE TO TWIN-ENGINE CARGO AIRPLANES.