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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-77-067
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Synopsis: ON APRIL 4, 1977, SOUTHERN AIRWAYS, INC., FLIGHT 242, A DC-9-31, CRASHED AT NEW HOPE, GEORGIA, AS ITS CREW ATTEMPTED AN EMERGENCY LANDING ON A HIGHWAY. FOLLOWING FAILURE OF BOTH ENGINES AND AS THE FLIGHT DESCENDED THROUGH 7,000 FEET, THE CREW REQUESTED ..."A VECTOR TO THE NEAREST PLACE." THE ATLANTA APPROACH CONTROLLER TOLD THE FLIGHT TO TURN RIGHT, ISSUED A VECTOR FOR DOBBINS AIR FORCE BASE, AND ADVISED THE FLIGHT THAT IT WAS 20 MILES WEST OF DOBBINS. BEFORE THIS TURN INSTRUCTION WAS ISSUED, THE AIRCRAFT WAS 6 MILES FROM CORNELIUS MOORE AIRPORT AND HEADED IN THAT DIRECTION. THE AIRPORT HAS A PUBLISHED INSTRUMENT APPROACH PROCEDURE.
Recommendation: REQUIRE THAT EACH AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FACILITY DEPICT ON THE MAP PORTION OF ITS RADAR DISPLAYS, THOSE AIRPORTS IMMEDIATELY OUTSIDE OF THAT FACILITY'S JURISDICTION TO THE EXTENT THAT ADJACENT FACILITIES DEPICT THOSE AIRPORTS ON THEIR DISPLAYS.
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: 6/8/1978
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/14/1978
Response: On 6/8/78 the board took official action to close a-77-67 as closed-acceptable action.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 2/7/1978
Response: We explored the feasibility for the display of all airports with approved approaches within the display area, either by automated or mechanical/electrical means as well as in the nas stage a system, the use of a separate filter key to display all airports not required for normal operations. As a result of this study, we have directed our regionsthat action is to be taken at all radar facilities to depict on their video displays all airports that are within adjacent airspace which is used to effect radar handoffs, to the extent they are displayed by the facility controlling that airspace. The faa considers action completed with regard to this recommendation.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/28/1977
Response: FAA LTR: WE ARE PRESENTLY EXPLORING THE FEASIBILITY OF THE FOLLOWING METHODS OF DISPLAY OF EMERGENCY AIRPORTS: (1) DISPLAY ALL AIRPORTS WITH APPROVED APPROACHES WITHIN THE DISPLAY AREA, EITHER BY AUTOMATED OR MECHANICAL/ ELECTRICAL MEANS. (2) IN NAS STAGE, PLACE THE DISPLAY OF ALL AIRPORTS NOT REQUIRED FOR NORMAL OPERATIONS ON A SEPARATE FILTER KEY. THESE AIRPORTS COULD THEN BE BROUGHT UP FOR DISPLAY IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS BY DEPRESSING THIS KEY. 2/7/78 - FAA LTR: WE EXPLORED THE FEASIBILITY FOR THE DISPLAY OF ALL AIRPORTS WITH APPROVED APPROACHES WITHIN THE DISPLAY AREA EITHER BY AUTOMATED OR MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL MEANS AS WELL AS IN THE NAS STAGE A SYSTEM, THE USE OF A SEPARATE FILTER KEY TO DISPLAY ALL AIRPORTS NOT REQUIRED FOR NORMAL OPERATIONS. AS A RESULT OF THIS STUDY, WE HAVE DIRECTED OUR REGIONS THAT ACTION IS TO BE TAKEN AT ALL RADAR FACILITIES TO DEPICT ON THEIR VIDEO DISPLAYS ALL AIRPORTS THAT ARE WITHIN ADJACENT AIRSPACE WHICH IS USED TO EFFECT RADAR HANDOFFS, TO THE EXTENT THEY ARE DISPLAYED BY THE FACILITY CONTROLLING THAT AIRSPACE.