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Safety Recommendation A-72-102
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Synopsis: THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD HAS UNDER INVESTIGATION THE NATIONAL AIRLINES BOEING B-747, FLIGHT 41, TURBULENCE ACCIDENT WHICH OCCURRED ON JANUARY 4, 1972, NEAR GRAND ISLE, LOUISIANA. OUR INVESTIGATION HAS DISCLOSED AN AREA OF CONCERN REGARDING THE ADEQUACY OF FIRST-AID SUPPLIES ON BOARD THE AIRPLANE. THE NUMBER OF FIRST-AID KITS, AS WELL AS THE CONTENTS OF THE KITS, APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN INADEQUATE TO TREAT THE 38 PASSENGERS AND FOUR STEWARDESSES WHO SUSTAINED INJURIES. IT WAS NECESSARY FOR MORE THAN 2 HOURS TO USE MAKESHIFT ARRANGEMENTS TO IMMOBILIZE FRACTURES, STOP BLEEDING, AND DRESS WOUNDS.
Recommendation: AMEND FAR 121.309 TO PROVIDE A MORE APPROPRIATE BASIS FOR DETERMINING THE NUMBER, TYPE, AND LOCATION OF FIRST AID KITS REQUIRED ON AIRPLANES CAPABLE OF CARRYING MORE THAN 25 PERSONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Lake Charles, LA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: LAX72AL043
Accident Reports: National Airlines, Inc., Boeing 747-135, N77722
Report #: AAR-72-21
Accident Date: 1/4/1972
Issue Date: 6/14/1972
Date Closed: 5/9/1974
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/1/1974
Response: Closed--acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/11/1972
Response: 07/11/72 RESPONSE FROM THE FAA TO SAY THAT THE BOARD'S RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN REVIEWED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE AEROMEDICAL APPLICATIONS DIVISION OF THE OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE. ALSO, THEY ARE CURRENTLY WORKING WITH THE ATA MEDICAL COMMITTEE ON THIS PROBLEM. IF THEIR JOINT STUDY INDICATES A CHANGE, THEN THE REGULATIONS WILL BE MODIFIED. 09/12/72 LETTER FROM FAA TO SAY THAT THEY HAVE INITIATED RULEMAKING ACTION TO AMEND APPENDIX A OF FAR PART 121 WHICH IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE FOR A MORE COMPLETE FIRST AID KIT AND TO RELATE THE NUMBER OF KITS CARRIED TO THE SEATING CAPACITY OF THE AIRPLANE.5/9/74. A-72-102 AND 103. FAA ISSUED NPRM 72-20. SAFETY BOARD RESPONDED JAN. 1973. AMENDMENT 121-107 ADOPTED 12/13/73 AND PUBLISHED IN FEDERAL REGISTER ON 12/26/73.