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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-75-005
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Synopsis: ON SEPTEMBER 8, 1974, TRANS WORLD AIRLINES FLIGHT 841, A B-707-331B, CRASHED IN THE IONIAN SEA, ABOUT 50 MILES WEST OF CEPHALONIA, GREECE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS ON A FLIGHT FROM TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, TO NEW YORK, NEW YORK, WITH SCHEDULED STOPS IN ATHENS, GREECE, AND ROME, ITALY. THE RESULTS OF THE LABORATORY EXAMINATION OF CERTAIN ITEMS IN THE RECOVERED FLOTSAM ESTABLISH CONCLUSIVELY THAT THE DETONATION OF A HIGH ORDER EXPLOSIVE TOOK PLACE IN THE AIRCRAFT'S AFT CARGO COMPARTMENT.
Recommendation: ENSURE THAT THE AIRCRAFT SECURITY PROGRAMS OF U.S. AIR CARRIERS, AS PRESCRIBED BY 14 CFR 121.538, CONTAIN PROVISIONS THAT ARE MORE RESPONSIVE TO HIGH RISK SITUATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL AS WELL AS DOMESTIC OPERATIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Ionian Sea, Greece
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79449
Accident Reports: Trans World Airways, Inc., Boeing 707-331B, N8734
Report #: AAR-75-07
Accident Date: 9/8/1974
Issue Date: 1/10/1975
Date Closed: 10/1/1975
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 10/1/1975
Response: Closed--acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/16/1975
Response: FAA LTR: UNDER HIGH RISK CONDITIONS, U.S. AIR CARRIERS HAVE CONTINGENCY PLANS TO ASSURE THAT ALL HOLD BAGGAGE IS EXAMINED AND THAT SPECIAL HANDLING PROVISIONS FOR CARGO AND MAIL ARE IN USE. EACH AIR CARRIER'S SECURITY PROGRAM IS UNDER REVIEW TO EFFECT IMPROVEMENTS WHEREVER POSSIBLE, PARTICULARLY IN THE AREAS OF THREAT RECOGNITION AND RESPONSE.