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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-71-060
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Synopsis: ON OCTOBER 24, 1971, AN AIRCRAFT CRASHED WHILE EXECUTING A VOR INSTRUMENT APPROACH TO THE BETHLEHEM-EASTON AIRPORT, ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA. THIS ACCIDENT RESULTED IN FOUR FATALITIES AND FOUR SERIOUS INJURIES. PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION OF THE ACCIDENT AND A REVIEW OF THE VOR APPROACH PROCEDURES FOR THE ALLENTOWN AREA INDICATE THAT THE VOR APPROACH PLATES MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR IN THIS ACCIDENT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: REQUIRE SOME CONSPICUOUS AND DISTINCTIVE MARKINGS TO BE AFFIXED TO THE ALLENTOWN APPROACH PLATES TO ENABLE PILOTS TO IDENTIFY THE PROPER PLATE QUICKLY AND POSITIVELY. THE WORDS "CAUTION--VERIFY PROPER APPROACH" OR SIMILAR PHRASEOLOGY MAY BE APPROPRIATE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Allentown, PA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79371
Accident Reports: Monmouth Airlines, Inc., Scheduled Air Taxi Beech 99, N986MA
Report #: AAR-72-03
Accident Date: 10/24/1971
Issue Date: 11/3/1971
Date Closed: 9/1/1972
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/25/1972
Response: FAA LTR: THE METHOD OF ALPHA NUMERIC NUMBERING OF CIRCLING APPROACHES HAS BEEN AMENDED TO ELIMINATE DUPLICATION WITHIN AN AIRPORT COMPLEX.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/3/1972
Response:

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/26/1971
Response: FAA LTR: FAA RESPONDED THAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE ALLENTOWN ACCIDENT DO NOT SUPPORT THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONSEQUENTLY THEY DO NOT PROPOSE TO IMPLEMENT THEM.