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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-72-080
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Synopsis: A FATAL AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT, WHICH THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD IS CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING, AND A RECENT AIRCRAFT INCIDENT HAVE INDICATED TO THE BOARD THAT A SAFETY PROBLEM EXISTS ON TWIN-ENGINED GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT WHICH HAVE BAGGAGE COMPARTMENTS LOCATED IN THE NOSE SECTION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: CONSIDER RULEMAKING UNDER PART 135 TO REQUIRE A DOOR WARNING SYSTEM, DOUBLE LOCKING DEVICES, AND CARGO RESTRAINT SYSTEMS FOR THOSE CARGO COMPARTMENT DOORS WHERE INADVERTENT OPENING IN FLIGHT WOULD SERIOUSLY JEOPARDIZE THE SAFETY OF FLIGHT OF THE AIRCRAFT OR THE SAFETY OF ITS OCCUPANTS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Albuquerque, NM, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DEN72AD055
Accident Reports: Ross Aviation, Inc., Beechcraft 65-B80, Queen Air, N841NS
Report #: AAR-72-32
Accident Date: 5/19/1972
Issue Date: 6/7/1972
Date Closed: 9/22/1972
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/13/1972
Response: FAA LTR: AS A RESULT OF THE CITED ACCIDENT, FAA ISSUED AN ALERT TO ALL OPERATORS AND OWNERS COVERING THE NEED FOR POSITIVE DOOR CLOSURE, AND RIGGING OF DOOR ACTUATING MECHANISM IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MANUFACTURERS INSTRUCTIONS. SUBSEQUENT EXAMINATION OF THE DOOR'S THREE PIN LATCHING DESIGN INDICATED THAT IF PROPERLY MAINTAINED AND FULLY SECURED BY THE OPERATOR, THE PROVISIONS OF FAR 23.787(B) WOULD BE SATISFIED. WITH RESPECT TO THE BEECH 99 DOOR OPENING INCIDENT, THEY ARE CONSIDERING RULEMAKING TO PROVIDE FOR A THIRD CARGO DOOR LATCH DEVICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH BEECH SERVICE INSTRUCTION 051-113. THIS ADDED PROTECTION, FAA BELIEVES, WOULD PRECLUDE THE NEED FOR INTERNAL TIE-DOWN PROVISIONS. FAA FURTHER STATED THAT FAR 135.117 REQUIRES THAT CARGO BE CARRIED IN AN APPROVED CARGO RACK, BIN, OR COMPARTMENT INSTALLED IN THE AIRCRAFT AND THAT IT BE SECURED BY A MEANS APPROVED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR. THE FAA BELIEVES THAT WITH THE PROPOSED MODIFICATION TO THE BEECH 99, AND WITH PROPER MAINTENANCE, THE CARGO COMPARTMENTS OF BOTH THE BEECH 65 AND BEECH 99 SHOULD ADEQUATELY RESTRAIN CARGO AND FULFILL THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE REGULATTON. THEREFORE, FAA DOES NOT CONCUR WITH ANY FURTHER RULEMAKING UNDER PART 135. 8/9/72 - LETTER FROM ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SAFETY AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS TO THE ADMINISTRATOR WITH THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS: WHEN SERIOUS RISK TO SAFETY OF FLIGHT IS THREATENED BY INADVERTANT OPENING OF CARGO DOORS, REDUNDANT SAFETY FEATURES SHOULD BE PROVIDED TO GUARD AGAINST THIS HAZARD.