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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-77-065
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Synopsis: ON APRIL 4, 1977, SOUTHERN AIRWAYS, INC., FLIGHT 242, A DC-9-31, CRASHED AT NEW HOPE, GEORGIA, AFTER PENETRATING AN AREA OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED WHEN ITS CREW ATTEMPTED TO LAND ON A HIGHWAY; 70 PERSONS DIED AND 24 PERSONS WERE INJURED. INVESTIGATION OF THE ACCIDENT DISCLOSED TWO PROBLEMS INVOLVING THE DISSEMINATION AND USE OF METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION WHICH WE BELIEVEWARRANT CORRECTIVE ACTION.
Recommendation: TRANSMIT SIGMET'S MORE FREQUENTLY ON NAVAIDS SO THAT PILOTS CAN RECEIVE MORE TIMELY INFORMATION ABOUT HAZARDOUS WEATHER.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: New Hope, GA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA77AA015
Accident Reports: Southern Airways, Inc., DC-9-31, N1335U
Report #: AAR-78-03
Accident Date: 4/4/1977
Issue Date: 9/28/1977
Date Closed: 8/15/1978
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
Keyword(s): Weather, Weather Equipment/Products/Reports

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/23/1978
Response: This is to advise that the ntsb by formal board action on august 15, 1978, has closed out the following safety recommendation: a-77-65, dated 9-28-77, criteria closed--acceptable alternate action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/28/1977
Response: FAA LTR: THE FAA HAS REVISED THE PRIORITY DUTIES OF FLIGHT SERVICE STATIONS SPECIALISTS TO ENHANCE DISSEMINATION OF SIGMETS RELATING TO THUNDERSTORMS AND TORNADOS. WHEN FLIGHT SERVICE STATIONS ARE MODERNIZED, CONTINUOUS BROADCASTS WILL BE PROVIDED THROUGH AUTOMATED METHODS. 3/27/78 - DOT/FAA NOTICE N7710.533, SIGMET DISSEMINATION, ISSUED.