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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-77-066
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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: CODE, ACCORDING TO GEOGRAPHIC APPLICABILITY, SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH BULLETINS AND TORNADO WATCH BULLETINS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL SEVERE STORMS FORECAST CENTER SO THAT THEY MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO APPROPRIATE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FACILITIES BY THE FAA WEATHER MESSAGE SWITCHING CENTER; THUS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FACILITIES CAN RELAY THE EARLIEST WARNING OF SEVERE WEATHER TO FLIGHTCREWS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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 Action)
Keyword(s): Weather, Thunderstorms/Rain/Snow, Air Traffic Control

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-77-66, dated 9-28-77, criteria closed-acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/28/1977
Response: FAA LTR: IN JUNE 1977, WE PROPOSED TO THE NWS THAT SEVERE WEATHER FORECASTS OR BULLETINS (WWS) BE IMPLEMENTED FOR AVIATION USE. WE HAVE HAD SUBSEQUENT LETTERS BETWEEN THE TWO OFFICES IN TRYING TO OPTIMIZE THE PRODUCT. OUR LAST REPLY FROM THE NWS OF SEPTEMBER 19, 1977, OUTLINED A SEPARATE AVIATION SEVERE LOCAL STORM WATCH FOR SERVICE "A" THAT WOULD BE DISTRIBUTED GEOGRAPHICALLY ACCORDING TO STATES BY THE FAA WEATHER MESSAGE SWITCHING CENTER. THIS PROPOSED FORMAT APPEARS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PILOT AND THE FAA. BARRING UNFORESEEN PROBLEMS, THIS PRODUCT SHOULD BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY AFTER THE FIRST OF CALENDAR YEAR 1978. THIS PROJECT HAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE A HIGH PRIORITY. 4/3/78 - DOT/FAA NOTICE N7110.535, INFLIGHT ADVISORY, SEVERE WEATHER WATCH, AND AREA FORECAST PROGRAMS, ISSUED.