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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-73-038
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Synopsis: A GATES LEARJET MODEL 24, N454RN, OPERATED BY THE MACHINERY BUYERS CORP., CRASHED AT 1012 E.S.T. ON FEBRUARY 26, 1973, AFTER TAKEOFF FROM DEKALB-PEACHTREE AIRPORT, ATLANTA, GEORGIA. THE TWO CREWMEMBERS AND FIVE PASSENGERS WERE FATALLY INJURED, ONE PERSON ON THE GROUND SUSTAINED BURNS. THE AIRPLANE DEPARTED FROM RUNWAY 20L ON A FLIGHT PLAN TO MIAMI, FLORIDA. WITNESSES OBSERVED SMOKE TRAILING FROM THE AIRPLANE AS IT CROSSED THE FIELD BOUNDARY. THE TOWER CONTROLLER ADVISED THE CREW OF N454RN THAT THE AIRPLANE'S LEFT ENGINE APPEARED TO BE EMITTING SMOKE; THE CREW OF N454RN RESPONDED THAT THEY HAD "HIT SOME BIRDS." THE TOWER CONTROLLER INQUIRED WHETHER N454RN WAS RETURNING TO LAND, AND N454RN RESPONDED "DON'T BELIEVE WE'RE GONNA MAKE IT." AFTER THE CRASH, THE REMAINS OF 15 COWBIRDS WERE FOUND WITHIN 150 FEET OF THE RUNWAY 2R THRESHOLD. A MUNICIPAL DUMP IS LOCATED ADJACENT TO THE AIRPORT JUST EAST OF RUNWAY 2R/20L. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD DETERMINES THAT THE PROBABLE CAUSE OF THIS ACCIDENT WAS THE LOSS OF ENGINE THRUST DURING TAKEOFF DUE TO INGESTION OF BIRDS BY THE ENGINES, RESULTING IN LOSS OF CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE. THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION AND THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY WERE AWARE OF THE BIRD HAZARD AT THE AIRPORT; HOWEVER, CONTRARY TO PREVIOUS COMMITMENTS, THE AIRPORT MANAGEMENT DID NOT TAKE POSITIVE ACTION TO REMOVE THE BIRD HAZARD FROM THE AIRPORT ENVIRONMENT.
Recommendation: DISSEMINATE THE CONTENTS OF THIS REPORT IN THEIR TRADE PUBLICATIONS TO THEIR MEMBERS TO ENSURE THAT THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF BIRD HAZARDS TO AIRCRAFT ARE FULLY KNOWN TO ALL WHO MAY BE IN A POSITION TO CONTROL THIS HAZARD: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE AVIATION OFFICIALS, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF AIRPORT EXECUTIVES, AIRPORT OPERATORS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL, AIRCRAFT OWNERS AND PILOTS ASSOCIATION, AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, AIR LINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION, ALLIED PILOTS ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL AIR CARRIER ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCES, NATIONAL BUSINESS AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION, AND NATIONAL PILOTS ASSOCIATION.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Atlanta, GA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: MIA73AM087
Accident Reports: Michinery Buyers Corp., Learjet Model 24, N454RN
Report #: AAR-73-12
Accident Date: 2/26/1973
Issue Date: 6/5/1973
Date Closed: 11/27/1974
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Wildlife

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 11/27/1974
Response: Closed--acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/16/1973
Response: LETTER FROM THE ORGANIZATION OF ACCREDITED AIRPORT EXECUTIVES TO SAY THAT THEY WILL DO ALL POSSIBLE THROUGH THEIR AIRPORT MANAGER MEMBERS TO CONTROL SUCH HAZARDS "ON AIRPORT" WHERE AIRPORT MANAGEMENT HAS THE NECESSARY AUTHORITY, OR REQUEST THE COOPERATION OF THOSE WITH AUTHORITY TO CONTROL SUCH HAZARDS IN PROXIMATE "OFF AIRPORT" LOCATIONS.MULTIPLE RESPONSES, SEE FILE