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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-74-094
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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: REQUIRE THAT ALL NIGHTTIME DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS AT THE BISHOP AIRPORT BE CONDUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRESCRIBED IFR PROCEDURES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Reconsidered
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 - Reconsidered)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/19/1977
Response: Closed--reconsidered.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/7/1975
Response: FAR PARTS 91 AND 61 CLEARLY DEFINE THE VISUAL FLIGHT RULES AND THE REQUIRMENTS FOR NIGHT FLIGHT EXPERIENCE. WE BELIEVE THAT A PRUDENT PILOT ADHERING TO BASIC VFR FLIGHT RULES CAN OPERATE SAFELY WITHIN VICINITY OF BISHOP AIRPORT, AND TO PROHIBIT USE OF THIS AIRPORT FOR VFR NIGHT OPERATIONS WOULD BE UNWARRANTED AND DISCRIMINATORY ACTION.