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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-72-127
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Synopsis: ON JANUARY 4, 1972, A NATIONAL AIRLINES, INC., BOEING 747-135, ON A SCHEDULED FLIGHT FROM MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, MIAMI, FLORIDA, TO LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, ENCOUNTERED ONE JOLT OF SHARP-GUST CONVECTIVE TURBULENCE NEAR LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA, AT FL 310. DURING THE ABRUPT ENCOUNTER, 38 PASSENGERS AND FOUR STEWARDESSES RECEIVED INJURIES WHICH RANGED FROM MINOR TO SERIOUS. THE SEATBELT SIGN WAS ON AT THE TIME AND HAD BEEN ON FOR SOME TIME PRIOR TO THE TURBULENCE ENCOUNTER. ANNOUNCEMENTS TO THIS EFFECT HAD BEEN MADE BY VARIOUS CREWMEMBERS. THE FLIGHT CONTINUED ON TO LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT.
Recommendation: REQUIRE THAT WHENEVER THE PASSENGER SEATBELT LIGHT IS TURNED ON, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER OR NOT THE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS ARE PERFORMING PASSENGER SERVICE DUTIES, THEY SHALL IMMEDIATELY VISUALLY CHECK SEATBELTS AND REMIND THE PASSENGERS TO KEEP BELTS SNUGLY FASTENED.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate 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: 8/25/1972
Date Closed: 12/3/1975
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/12/1972
Response: 09/12/72 - RESPONSE FROM THE FAA TO SAY THAT THEY DO NOT AGREE THAT THE ATTENDANT SHOULD VISUALLY CHECK EACH SEAT IN EVERY INSTANCE, PARTICULARLY IF THE TURBULENCE IS PRONOUNCED. SUCH ACTIONS AS DIRECTING PASSENGERS TO RETURN TO THEIR SEATS, CLEARING THE LAVATORIES AND LOUNGES, AND AN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE SEATBELT SIGN HAS BEEN TURNED ON MAY PRECLUDE THE NECESSITY FOR A VISUAL INSPECTION OF EACH SEATBELT. ANY FURTHER REQUIREMENT FOR THE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS TO MOVE ABOUT THE CABIN IN TURBULENCE IS DETRIMENTAL TO THEIR PERSONAL SAFETY AND COULD, IF THEY WERE INJURED, PRECLUDE THEIR BEING AVAILABLE FOR DUTY SHOULD AN EMERGENCY ARISE. AIR CARRIERS WILL BE REQUESTED TO PUBLISH REGULATIONS AS PASSENGER INFLIGHT INFORMATION. FAA INTEND CONSOLIDATING REGULATIONS PERTINENTTO PASSENGERS THUS EDUCATING PASSENGERS TO THE FACT THAT THE ATTENDANTS ANNOUNCEMENTS CONSTITUTE FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS. FAR 121.571 WAS AMENDED TO REQUIRE THAT AFTER EACH TAKEOFF IMMEDIATELY BEFORE OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER TURNING THE SEATBELT SIGN OFF, AN ANNOUNCEMENT SHALL BE MADE THAT PASSENGERS SHOULD KEEP THEIR SEATBELTS FASTENED, WHILE SEATED, EVEN WHEN THE SEATBELT SIGN IS OFF.