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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-76-003
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Synopsis: ON NOVEMBER 26, 1975, AN AMERICAN AIRLINES DC-10 AND A TRANS WORLD AIRLINES L-1011 ALMOST COLLIDED HEAD-ON AT 35,000 FEET NEAR CARLETON, MICHIGAN, WHILE OPERATING AT NIGHT IN INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS ON THE SAME JET ROUTE. AS A RESULT OF THE EVASIVE MEASURE THAT HAD TO BE EXECUTED BY THE CAPTAIN OF THE DC-10,3 AIRCRAFT OCCUPANTS WERE INJURED SERIOUSLY AND 21 WERE INJURED SLIGHTLY. BOTH AIRCRAFT WERE OPERATING UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE SAME SECTOR OF THE CLEVELAND AIR ROUTE TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTER ; THE TWA FLIGHT WAS CRUISING AT FLIGHT LEVEL (FL) 350 AND THE AMERICAN FLIGHT WAS CLEARED TO CLIMB THROUGH FL 350 TO FL 370.
Recommendation: DISTRIBUTE THE SAFETY BOARD'S REPORT ON THIS NEAR-COLLISION ACCIDENT TO ALL FAA AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL PERSONNEL AND DISCUSS IT IN THEIR TRAINING PROGRAMS IN ORDER TO ALERT THEM TO THE CATASTROPHIC POTENTIAL OF DISTRACTION. (URGENT)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Carleton, MI, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA76AZ012
Accident Reports: Near Midair Collision, American Airlines Inc., Douglas DC-10, N124, and TWA, Inc. Lockheed-1011, N11002
Report #: AAR-76-03
Accident Date: 11/26/1975
Issue Date: 2/25/1976
Date Closed: 9/16/1976
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Air Traffic Control,Distraction,Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/21/1976
Response: This recommendation was closed acceptable action by official board action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/9/1976
Response: THE FAA IS IN FULL AGREEMENT WITH THE RECOMMENDATION AND WILL: (1) DISTRIBUTE COPIES OF THE REPORT TO ALL ATC PERSONNEL, (2) INCLUDE THE REPORT IN THE NATIONAL AIR TRAFFIC TRAINING PROGRAM, AND(3) ARRANGE VIDEO TYPE BRIEFING FOR DISTRIBUTION TO ALL AIR TRAFFIC FACILITIES FOR MANDATORY VIEWING.