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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-75-033
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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. ELEVEN PASSENGERS AND ONE CREWMEMBER WERE KILLED IN THE ACCIDENT. 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 CIVIL AERONAUTICS BOARD: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN APPLICATION FOR REPLACEMENT SERVICE, REQUEST THAT THE FAA CERTIFY THE PROPOSED REPLACEMENT OPERATOR'S MANAGERIAL AND OPERATIONAL CAPABILITIES, TO PROVIDE A LEVEL OF SAFETY IN THE INTENDED SERVICE EQUIVALENT TO THAT REQUIRED OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY. THE SAFETY STANDARDS AGAINST WHICH THE REPLACEMENT OPERATOR'S MANAGERIAL CAPABILITY IS 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 Alternate 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: 9/22/1980
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 9/22/1980
Response:

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/3/1975
Response: CAB LTR: CAB BELIEVES ALL COMMUTERS SHOULD BE GOVERNED BY THE SAME SAFETY STANDARDS. THEY SEE NO REASON WHY THOSE PROVIDING REPLACEMENT SERVICES SHOULD BE SINGLED OUT FOR MORE STRINGENT STANDARDS. SINCE SOME PARTS OF SECTIONS 121.59 AND 121.61 ARE ONLY RELEVANT TO LARGE AIRCRAFT, THEY DO NOT SEE HOW THESE CAN BE APPLIED TO COMMUTER OPERATIONS. THEY STATE THAT THIS RECOMMENDATION CAN ONLY BE ACTED UPON BY THE FAA WHO HAS THE JURISDICTION AND EXPERTISE IN THIS AREA. 6/30/76 - CAB LTR IN RESPONSE TO NTSB 3/4/76 LTR: CAB POINTED OUT THAT SINCE AIR SAFETY REGULATORY RESPONSIBILITIES WERE VESTED WITH FAA, THE SAFETY STANDARDS GOVERNING REPLACEMENT SERVICE WOULD BE BOUND BY THEM. PERTAINING TO DETERMINING FITNESS MATTERS IN LICENSING PROCEEDINGS, THE CAB WILL CONSULT WITH AND DEFER TO THE FAA. 4/25/79 - FAA NOTICE N8000.176, INCREASED SURVEILLANCE FOR OPERATORS UNDER NEW PART 135, ISSUED.