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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-73-066
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Synopsis: AFTER THE MOHAWK AIRLINES FH-227B ACCIDENT AT ALBANY, NEW YORK, ON MARCH 3, 1972, THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION ISSUED AN AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE PROHIBITING THE FURTHER USE OF THE AFT-FACING STEWARDESS' CREW SEAT MOUNTED AGAINST THE LAVATORY WALL IN ALL F-27 AND FH-227 AIRCRAFT. THIS PROHIBITION WAS TO CONTINUE INEFFECT UNTIL THE SEAT WAS MODIFIED TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 4B.358 OF THE CIVIL AERONAUTICS MANUAL (CAM).
Recommendation: ISSUE AN IMMEDIATE AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE PROHIBITING THE USE OF ALL FLIGHT ATTENDANT SEATS IN F-27 AND FH-227 AIRCRAFT UNTIL THESE STATIONS ARE MODIFIED TO COMPLY WITH THE APPLICABLE REGULATIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: St. Louis, MO, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA74AZ003
Accident Reports: Ozark Air Lines, Inc., Fairchild Hiller FH-227B, N4215
Report #: AAR-74-05
Accident Date: 7/23/1973
Issue Date: 8/23/1973
Date Closed: 10/5/1982
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 10/5/1982
Response: Closed--acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/4/1982
Response: FAA LTR: AC 25.785-1 OF DECEMBER 4, 1981, "FLIGHT ATTENDANT SEAT REQUIREMENTS" CONTAINS GUIDANCE MATERIAL FOR COMPLIANCE WITH FAR SECTIONS 25.785 AND 121.311.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/22/1982
Response:

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/10/1981
Response: FAA LTR: A FINAL RULE (AIRWORTHINESS REVIEW PROGRAM AMENDMENT NO. 8) HAS BEEN ISSUED AMENDING SECTION 25.785 OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATIONS. THE PURPOSE OF THE RULE IS TO PROVIDE IMPROVED FLIGHT ATTENDANT PROTECTION WHILE SEATED. AS A RESULT OF AMENDMENTS 121-155 (45 FR 7750) AND 121-170 AS PUBLISHED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER (46 FR 15480, MARCH 5, 1981), ALL FLIGHT ATTENDANT SEATS MUST COMPLY WITH IMPROVED STANDARDS BY MARCH 6, 1982. A DRAFT ADVISORY CIRCULAR ON THE APPLICATION OF FAR 25.785 AND 121.311 WAS PUBLISHED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER ON AUGUST 10 AND 24, 1981, (46 FR 40527 AND 42681) FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/19/1973
Response: FAA LTR: THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT SEAT DESIGNS, LOCATIONS AND POSITIONS OF THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT IN THIS SERIES OF AIRPLANES. IN MANY AIRLINE CONFIGURATIONS, THE ATTENDANT OCCUPIES A SPECIFIC PASSENGER SEAT DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE ATTENDANT. THIS SEAT DOES NOT RESEMBLE THE SEATS MENTIONED BY THE BOARD ON MOHAWK AND OZARK AIRLINES' AIRPLANES. DUE TO THESE DIFFERENCES, FAA HAS ASSESSED THESE SEATS ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS. AD 72-7-12 DEALT WITH THE MOHAWK INSTALLATION WHICH, AT THE TIME OF ISSUANCE, WAS THE ONLY SEAT CONSIDERED HAZARDOUS DUE TO ITS PARTICULAR LOCATION. WITH RESPECT TO PROHIBITING FURTHER USE OF THE SEAT INSTALLED ON OZARK'S FH-227B AIRPLANES, ACTION ALONG THESE LINES BEGAN PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI. FAA WERE ADVISED ON AUGUST 20 THAT OZARK WAS INITIATING ACTION TO RELOCATE THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT TO A FORWARD FACING TYPE SEAT IN THE REAR OF THE CABIN. THE NEW LOCATION AND SEAT CONFIGURATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO FAA EVALUATION FOR COMPLIANCE. AS AN INTERIM ACTION, A NOTICE WAS ISSUED BY OZARK, EFFECTIVE AUGUST 27, TO REQUIRE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS TO OCCUPY THE REARMOST PASSENGER SEAT, ON THE LEFT SIDE, AT THE AISLE, UNTIL FINAL SEAT RELOCATION MODIFICATIONS ARE ACCOMPLISHED. FAA BELIEVES THE PRESENT OZARK INTERIM SEAT LOCATION AND FINAL SEAT LOCATION, BOTH OF WHICH ARE PRESENTLY USED BY OTHER AIRLINES FOR LOCATING THEIR ATTENDANTS, WILL MEET THE OBJECTIVE OF THE BOARD'S RECOMMENDATION AS IT APPLIES TO THE OZARK CONFIGURATION. THIS TYPE OF PASSENGER-CARGO COMBINATION DOES NOT EXIST AMONG OTHER DOMESTIC AIR CARRIER OPERATORS OF THE F-27 AND FH-227 AIRPLANES.