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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-74-086
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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: DEVELOP AN AIR CARRIER PILOT PROGRAM, SIMILAR TO THE GENERAL AVIATION ACCIDENT PREVENTION PROGRAM (FAA ORDER 8000.8A), THAT WILL EMPHASIZE THE DANGERS OF UNPROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE IN ALL PHASES OFFLIGHT. THE PROGRAM COULD BE PRESENTED IN SEMINAR FORM, USING AUDIO/VISUAL TEACHING AIDS, TO CALL TO THE PILOTS' ATTENTION ALL FACETS OF THE PROBLEM.
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. MANY AIRLINES HAVE ESTABLISHED ACCIDENT PREVENTION PROGRAMS AND PERIODICALLY CONDUCT SEMINARS. THE FAA PARTICIPATES IN THESE SEMINARS AND WILL INCREASE THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE FUTURE. FAA FIELD OFFICES WILL BE URGED TO EMPHASIZE UNPROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE. FAA WILL HOLD MEETINGS WITH ATA TO DISCUSS THE SUBJECT.