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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-75-032
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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: INCREASE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PROCEDURES FOR SURVEILLANCE OF COMMUTER AIRLINE OPERATIONS BY ADOPTING PROCEDURES NOW EMPLOYED IN THE SURVEILLANCE OF SCHEDULED AIR CARRIERS, INCLUDING THE ASSIGNMENT OF THE RESPONSIBILITY TO THE APPROPRIATE AIR CARRIER DISTRICT OFFICES.
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: 5/31/1984
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/31/1984
Response: Closed acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/26/1979
Response: FAA LTR: WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF REVISED PART 135, THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL AIR TAXIS HAS ALSO CHANGED. AT WASHINGTON HEADQUARTERS, THE AIR TAXI FUNCTION WAS TRANSFERRED FROM THE GENERAL AVIATION DIVISION, AFS-800, TO THE AIR CARRIER DIVISION, AFS-200. REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE AIR TAXI PROGRAM IN THOSE REGIONS WHICH HAVE BOTH A GENERAL AVIATION BRANCH AND AN AIR CARRIER BRANCH WAS ASSIGNED TO THE AIR CARRIER BRANCH. THE REGIONS HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO ASSIGN THE AIR TAXI OPERATOR TO THE FIELD OFFICE THAT CAN BEST SERVE THE OPERATOR AND FULFILL FAA RESPONSIBILITIES WHEN CONSIDERING THE TYPE OF EQUIPMENT OPERATED. THESE CHANGES WERE MADE IN RECOGNITION OF THE IMPACT OF THE DEREGULATION ACT AND THE INCREASING SIZE AND COMPLEXITY OF AIRCRAFT OPERATED UNDER PART 135. REVISION OF 14 CFR 135 SUBSTANTIALLY REVISED AND UPGRADED REQUIREMENTS FOR AIR TAXI OPERATIONS. AS A RESULT, NOTICE N8000.176, "INCREASED SURVEILLANCE FOR OPERATORS UNDER NEW PART 135," WAS ISSUED APRIL 25, 1979. WE BELIEVE THAT THIS WILL RESULT IN AN APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF SURVEILLANCE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/5/1975
Response: FAA LTR: WE ARE CONTINUALLY STRIVING TO INCREASE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PROCEDURES FOR SURVEILLANCE OF COMMUTER AIR CARRIERS. THE PENDING REVISION OF PART 135 WILL PERMIT CLOSER ALIGNMENT OF COMMUTER AND SCHEDULED AIR CARRIER SURVEILLANCE. WE DON'T AGREE THAT TRANSFER OF COMMUTER AIR CARRIER SURVEILLANCE RESPONSIBILITY TO AIR CARRIER DISTRICT OFFICES (ACDOS) WOULD IMPROVE SAFETY. EXCEPT FOR THE COLLOCATED AIR CARRIER AND GENERAL AVIATION FUNCTIONS IN THE FLIGHT STANDARDS DISTRICT OFFICES, THE LOCATIONS OF ACDOS ARE NOT SATISFACTORY FOR THE EFFICIENT MONITORING OF COMMUTER AIR CARRIER. GADO'S DO OBTAIN ASSISTANCE FROM ACDO'S WHEN NECESSARY.