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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-71-025
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Synopsis: AS A RESULT OF A RECENT INCIDENT INVOLVING A BOEING 747 WHICH ENCOUNTERED SEVERE TURBULENCE, SIX PASSENGERS AND ONE STEWARDESS WERE HOSPITALIZED, AND 15 PASSENGERS AND ONE STEWARDESS WERE TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES. ALL INJURIES WERE THE RESULT OF THE SEVERE TURBULENCE ENCOUNTERED WHILE CLIMBING THROUGH FLIGHT LEVEL 280 AT AN INDICATED AIR SPEED OF 280 KNOTS.
Recommendation: 1. SEATBELT DISCIPLINE BE STRICTLY ENFORCED WHEN THE SEATBELT SIGN IS ON. ATTENDANTS SHOULD MAKE A CAREFUL VISUAL INSPECTION OF ALL SEATBELTS BEFORE TAKEOFF AND OFFER ASSISTANCE TO ANYONE ENCOUNTERING DIFFICULTY WITH A SNUG FIT. WHEN THE SEATBELT SIGN IS ON FOR PROLONGED PERIODS, A PUBLIC ADDRESS ANNOUNCEMENT SHOULD BE MADE AT REGULAR INTERVALS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Nantucket, MA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: NYC71AN054
Accident Reports: Pan American World Airways, Inc., Boeing 747-121, N739PA
Report #: AAR-72-14
Accident Date: 11/4/1970
Issue Date: 4/7/1971
Date Closed: 5/24/1971
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/7/1971
Response: FAA WILL ISSUE OPERATIONS BULLETIN EMPHASIZING ORAL ANNOUNCEMENTS, BETTER SURVEILLANCE, AND SEATBELT DISCIPLINE