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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-76-008
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Synopsis: ON NOVEMBER 12, 1975, OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS FLIGHT 032, A MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-10-30, CAUGHT FIRE DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL ON RUNWAY 13R AT JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (JFK), JAMAICA, NEW YORK. THE FIRE ERUPTED IN THE AREA OF THE RIGHT ENGINE AFTER THE AIRCRAFT ENCOUNTERED A FLOCK OF SEA GULLS WHICH HAD BEEN ON THE RUNWAY.
Recommendation: IN COORDINATION AND COOPERATION WITH THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY, EXPEDITE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS: (A) DETERMINE THE WEATHER CONDITIONS, OCEAN TIDE CONDITIONS, SEASONAL FACTORS, MIGRATORY PATTERNS, AND DAILY MOVEMENT PATTERNS WHICH COULD BE USED TO FORECAST PERIODS OF GREATEST BIRD HAZARDS AT THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY AIRPORTS AND TAKE EFFECTIVE ACTIONS TO DISPERSE THE BIRDS BEFORE USE OF THE AFFECTED RUNWAYS IS PERMITTED. (B) REMOVE THE ABANDONED RUNWAY 7-25 PIER AT JFK. (C) REMOVE THE BIRD ATTRACTION TO THE BEACH ADJACENT TO THE SOUTH AND EAST BOUNDARIES OF THE AIRPORT BY ELIMINATING THE BEACH THROUGH GRAVEL FILL, DREDGING, A SEAWALL OR OTHER APPROPRIATE MEANS. (D) DRAIN THE CHAPEL POND AT JFK.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Jamaica, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA76AZ010
Accident Reports: Overseas National Airways, Inc., Douglas DC-10-30, N1032F
Report #: AAR-76-19
Accident Date: 11/12/1975
Issue Date: 2/19/1976
Date Closed: 8/15/1978
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Weather, Wildlife

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/8/1978
Response: Closed-acceptable action, by board.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/14/1978
Response: FAA LTR: AS TO PART (A), FORECASTING IS AN ON GOING PROBLEM AND ONLY TIME AND EXPERIENCE WILL PROVIDE THE EXPERTISE TO FORECAST PATTERNS OF BIRDS IN THE VICINITY OF JFK. PATROLS ARE IN CONSTANT OPERATION TO DISPERSE BIRDS AT PORT AUTHORITY AIRPORTS. IN RESPONSE TO PART (D), THE CHAPEL POND AT JFK WAS DRAINED AND MONITORED FOR THREE MONTHS. AFTER THAT TIME IT WAS FILLED AND MONITORED FOR BIRD ACTIVITY; IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE POND ATTRACTED A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF BIRDS. IT WAS DRAINED AGAIN AND HAS REMAINED SO.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/16/1976
Response: FAA LTR: FAA IS PROCESSING RECOMMENDATIONS WITH PORT AUTHORITY AND U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. (A) ADDITIONAL WORK NEEDS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED; (B) FAA CONCURS WITH PORT AUTHORITY THAT REMOVAL OF PIER IS NOT NECESSARY PROVIDED OTHER ACTION TAKEN TO PREVENT ROOSTING OR RESTING OF BIRDS; (C) FAA CONCURS WITH PORT AUTHORITY THAT BEACHES ADJACENT TO THE AIRPORT DO NOT CAUSE A BIRD PROBLEM; AND (D) FAA AGREES THAT POOL SHOULD BE DRAINED.