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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-77-009
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Synopsis: ON SEPTEMBER 13, 1976, A CESSNA 414 AND A UNITED STATES AIR FORCE F-4E PHANTOM II FIGHTER COLLIDED IN MIDAIR NEAR BRIGHTON, FLORIDA. THE F-4E, ONE OF A FORMATION FLIGHT OF THREE FIGHTERS FROM HOMESTEAD AIR FORCE BASE (AFB), FLORIDA, WAS ON A COMPOSITE INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES (IFR) VISUAL FLIGHT RULES (VFR) FLIGHT PLAN TO THE AVON PARK RESTRICTED AREA AND RETURN TO HOMESTEAD AFB. THE CESSNA 414, N8PR, WAS OPERATING UNDER VFR AND THE PILOT HAD NOT FILED A FLIGHT PLAN.
Recommendation: ESTABLISH DIRECT LINES OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN APPROPRIATE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FACILITIES AND MILITARY TACTICAL OPERATIONS SO THAT ESSENTIAL TACTICAL INFORMATION CAN BE RELAYED TO MILITARY FLIGHTCREWS WHILE THEY ARE BEING AFFORDED INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES SEPARATION IN POSITIVE CONTROL AIRSPACE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Brighton, FL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: MIA76AM108
Accident Reports: Ruel Insurance Corporation Cessna 414, N8PR and USAF F4E, 67-0255
Report #: AAR-77-05
Accident Date: 9/13/1976
Issue Date: 1/27/1977
Date Closed: 6/8/1978
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/8/1978
Response: Closed--acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/26/1977
Response: FAA LTR: ALTHOUGH WE CONCUR WITH THE INTENT OF THE RECOMMENDATION,WE DO NOT AGREE WITH THE PROPOSED METHOD OF IMPLEMENTATION. REQUIRING AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FACILITIES TO RELAY TACTICAL INFORMATION TO MILITARY FLIGHT CREWS COULD SERIOUSLY DEROGATE THE CONTROLLER'S ABILITY TO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL ATC SERVICES TO OTHER USERS. WE ARE INITIATING ACTION, WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, TO EXPLORE ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF ACCOMPLISHING THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION WITHOUT AMPLIFYING THE CRUCIAL PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH FREQUENCY CONGESTION. 12/16/77 - FAA LTR: IN FEBRUARY, A LAND LINE WAS INSTALLED BETWEEN THE AVON PARK GUNNERY RANGE AND THE MIAMI CENTER. THE LINE IS USED PRIMARILY TO RELAY IFR CLEARANCES TO FLIGHTS DEPARTING THE RANGE.