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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-74-093
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Synopsis: ON MARCH 13, 1974, SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, SIERRA PACIFIC AIRLINES CHARTER FLIGHT 802 CRASHED INTO A FOOTHILL OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS, 5 1/4 MILES SOUTHEAST OF BISHOP AIRPORT, BISHOP, CALIFORNIA. THE FLIGHT WAS MAKING A VISUAL CLIMB IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE PUBLISHED PROCEDURE DURING NIGHTTIME HOURS WHEN IT STRUCK THE FOOTHILL AT AN ELEVATION OF ABOUT 6,100 FEET. THE CEILING WAS AN ESTIMATED 25,000 FEET, AND THE SURFACE VISIBILITY WAS 30 MILES.
Recommendation: STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF AN IFR CLIMB PROCEDURE TO THE NORTHWEST OF THE BISHOP VOR USING A DESIGNATED RADIAL AND THE DME.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Bishop, CA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA74AZ018
Accident Reports: Sierra Pacific Airlines, Inc., Convair 340/440, N4819C
Report #: AAR-75-01
Accident Date: 3/13/1974
Issue Date: 10/10/1974
Date Closed: 3/10/1977
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

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

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/7/1975
Response: THE FEASIBILITY OF AN IFR DEPARTURE PROCEDURE TO THE NORTHWEST WAS STUDIED WHEN THE VOR WAS INSTALLED. THE FACT THAT THE VALLEY IS SO NARROW PRECLUDED EXECUTION OF A COURSE REVERSAL. THE ADDITION OF DME WOULD NOT IMPROVE THE TURN AROUND AREA REQUIREMENTS.