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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-75-030
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Synopsis: ON JANUARY 6, 1974, AN AIR EAST, INC., BEECHCRAFT 99A CRASHED WHILE MAKING AN INSTRUMENT APPROACH TO RUNWAY 33 AT THE JOHNSTOWN-CAMBRIA COUNTY AIRPORT, JOHNSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA. AIR EAST WAS CERTIFICATED AS AN AIR TAXI/COMMERCIAL OPERATOR UNDER 14 CFR 135 AND WAS REGISTERED BY THE CIVIL AERONAUTICS BOARD (CAB) AS AN EXEMPTED COMMUTER AIR CARRIER UNDER 14 CFR 298. AIR EAST HAD A CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT WITH ALLEGHENY AIRLINES, INC., TO PROVIDE REPLACEMENT AIR SERVICES AT JOHNSTOWN, WHICH WAS APPROVED BY CAB IN ITS ORDER 70-1-23.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, IN CONJUNCTION WITH CAB CONSIDERATION OF AN APPLICATION FOR REPLACEMENT SERVICE, CERTIFY THE APPLICANT'S SAFETY FITNESS BASED ON AN ACTUAL PHYSICAL INVESTIGATION OF THE PROPOSED REPLACEMENT OPERATOR'S MANAGERIAL AND OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY TO PROVIDE A LEVEL OF SAFETY IN THE INTENDED SERVICE EQUIVALENT TO THAT REQUIRED OF THE CERTIFICATE OF CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY HOLDER. THE SAFETY STANDARDS AGAINST WHICH THE REPLACEMENT OPERATOR'S MANAGERIAL CAPABILITY ARE JUDGED SHOULD BE SIMILAR TO THOSE IN 14 CFR 121.59 AND 121.61, WITH EMPHASIS ON 121.59(B). (URGENT)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Johnstown, PA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79376
Accident Reports: Air East, Inc., Beechcraft 99A, N125AE
Report #: AAR-75-03
Accident Date: 1/6/1974
Issue Date: 4/14/1975
Date Closed: 2/23/1979
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 2/23/1979
Response: Closed--acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/5/1975
Response: FAA LTR: WE AGREE THAT INVESTIGATION OF MANAGERIAL AND OPERATIONAL CAPABILITIES OF REPLACEMENT OPERATORS IS DESIRABLE. AT PRESENT, WE CANNOT USE 14 CFR 121 AS AN ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE, HOWEVER, THE PENDING REVISION OF PART 135 WILL CONTAIN PROVISIONS SIMILAR TO THOSE STANDARDS NOW SPECIFIED IN CFR 121.59 AND 121.61. 12/28/78 - FAA LTR: SECTION 135.37 REQUIRES THAT EACH CERTIFICATE HOLDER, EXCEPT FOR A ONE-PILOT OPERATION, HAS ENOUGH QUALIFIED MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL IN THE FOLLOWING OR EQUIVALENT POSITIONS TO ENSURE SAFETY IN ITS OPERATIONS: DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, CHIEF PILOT, DIRECTOR OF MAINTENANCE. EACH CERTIFICATE HOLDER SHALL SET FORTH THE DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITY OF THE REQUIRED PERSONNEL, LIST THEIR NAMES IN THE MANUAL REQUIRED BY SECTION 135.21, AND SHALL NOTIFY THE FAA OF ANY CHANGES IN THE ASSIGNMENT OF PERSONNEL TO THE REQUIRED POSITIONS. SECTION 135.39 SPECIFIES THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL.