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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-74-085
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Synopsis: ON SEPTEMBER 27, 1973, TEXAS INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES FLIGHT 655, A CONVAIR 600, CRASHED INTO THE NORTH SLOPE OF BLACK FORK MOUNTAIN, OUACHITA MOUNTAIN RANGE, ARKANSAS, WHILE ON A FLIGHT FROM ELDORADO TO TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS. THE CREW ELECTED TO OPERATE UNDER VISUAL FLIGHT RULES (VFR) BECAUSE OF FRONTAL ACTIVITY AND ASSOCIATEDTHUNDERSTORMS. THE AIRCRAFT DEVIATED NORTH OF THE COURSE BETWEEN EL DORADO AND TEXARKANA AND CRASHED ABOUT 80 MILES OFF COURSE.
Recommendation: INITIATE A MOVEMENT AMONG THE PILOTS ASSOCIATIONS TO FORM NEW PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMITTEES AND TO REGENERATE OLD ONES. THESE COMMITTEES SHOULD: A. MONITOR THEIR RANKS FOR ANY UNPROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE. B. ALERT THOSE PILOTS WHO EXHIBIT UNPROFESSIONALISM TO ITS DANGERS AND TRY, BY EXAMPLE AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OF PERFORMANCE REQUIRED, TO INSTILL IN THEM THE HIGH STANDARDS OF THE PILOT GROUP. C. STRENGTHEN THE COPILOT'S SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY IN ADHERING TO PRESCRIBED PROCEDURES AND SAFE PRACTICES. D. CIRCULATE THE PERTINENT INFORMATION CONTAINED IN ACCIDENT REPORTS TO PILOTS THROUGH PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS SO THAT MEMBERS CAN LEARN FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHERS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Mena, AR, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA74AZ006
Accident Reports: Texas International Airlines, Inc., Convair 600, N94230
Report #: AAR-74-04
Accident Date: 9/27/1973
Issue Date: 9/16/1974
Date Closed: 3/10/1977
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/10/1977
Response: Closed--acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/17/1974
Response: FAA AGREES THAT EVERYTHING SHOULD BE DONE TO INCREASE/PROMOTE CREW DISCIPLINE AND PROFESSIONALISM. HOWEVER, THEY CONSIDER IT MORE APPROPRIATE TO WORK WITH AIRLINE MANAGEMENT RATHER THAN PILOT GROUPS. SUBJECT DISCUSSED AT LENGTH WITH ATA. ASSURANCE RECEIVED THAT ALL EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO STRESS IMPORTANCE OF PROFESSIONALISM.