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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-78-038
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Synopsis: ON SEPTEMBER 6, 1977, ALASKA AERONAUTICAL INDUSTRIES FLIGHT 30, A DHC-6-200, CRASHED INTO MOUNT ILIAMNA WHEN THE AIRCRAFT STRAYED OFF COURSE EN ROUTE FROM ILIAMNA, ALASKA, TO ANCHORAGE. THE 11 PASSENGERS AND 2 CREWMEMBERS DIED IN THE ACCIDENT. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD'S INVESTIGATION REVEALED POOR OPERATIONAL PRACTICES, POOR MAINTENANCE PRACTICES, AND INADEQUATE TRAINING PRACTICES BY THE OPERATOR, AND INADEQUATE SURVEILLANCE OF THE OPERATOR BY THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION. ALASKA AERONAUTICAL INDUSTRIES IS THE 12TH LARGEST COMMUTER AIRLINE IN THE NATION AND TRANSPORTS MORE THAN 150,000 PASSENGERS EACH YEAR. AS SUCH, THE SAFETY BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE COMPANY'S OPERATING PROCEDURES MUST PROVIDE A HIGH LEVEL OF SAFETY TO THE PUBLIC, AND THAT FAA'S SURVEILLANCE MUST INSURE THAT ADEQUATE STANDARDS ARE MAINTAINED.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Identify FAA offices responsible for the surveillance of large numbers of air taxi/commuter operators and insure that an adequate number of inspectors are assigned to monitor properly each operator. (Superseded by A-86-111)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Superseded
Mode: Aviation
Location: Iliamna, AK, United States
Is Reiterated: Yes
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA77AA026
Accident Reports: Alaska Aeronautical Industries, Inc. DeHavilland DHC-6-200, N563MA
Report #: AAR-78-05
Accident Date: 9/6/1977
Issue Date: 5/4/1978
Date Closed: 6/11/1987
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Superseded)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/11/1987
Response:

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/11/1987
Response: The faa's response of 6/25/80, indicated that it had surveyed the regions as to their requirements for additional staffing and had provided for 50 additional staffing positions to support safety programs. Also, additional positions had been planned with emphasis on commuter air carriers. Although these actions satisfied this recommendation, it was also maintained in an open status for reasons mentioned above. Since the faa's response to a-86-110 and -111 will also address a-78-38, this recommendation is now classified closed--superseded. A-78-38 is superseded by A-86-111.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/25/1980
Response: FAA LETTER: THE FAA HAS SURVEYED THE REGIONS AS TO THEIR REQUIREMENTS FOR ADDITIONAL STAFFING TO ENSURE THE ADEQUACY OF THE AIR TAXI/COMMUTER PROGRAM. WE ARE NOW PROVIDING 50 ADDITIONAL POSITIONS TO THE FIELD OFFICES IN FY 1980 TO SUPPORT THESE SAFETY PROGRAMS, AND INTEND TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL 104 POSITIONS IN FY 1981 IF THE FAA'S BUDGET REQUEST FOR 127 REGULATORY POSITIONS IS APPROVED. THE AIR TAXI RECERTIFICATION PROGRAM UNDER REVISED PART 135 WAS COMPLETED ON DECEMBER 1, 1979. OUR WORK FORCE IS NOW INVOLVED IN NORMAL PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AND THE INCREASED EMPHASIS PROGRAM ON COMMUTER AIR CARRIERS.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 9/6/1979
Response: From the accident report of Universal Airways, Inc. Beech 70, Excaliber Conversion, N777AE in Gulfport, Mississippi on March 1, 1979. The Board adopted this report on 9/6/1979. As a result of this investigation, the Safety Board reiterates Safety Recommendations A-78-37 and -38, issued to the Federal Aviation Administration on May 17, 1978.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/28/1979
Response: From the accident report of Antilles Air Boats, Inc. Grumman G21A, N7777V St. Thomas Virgin Islands on September 2, 1978. The Board issued this report on 6/28/1979. On May 17, 1978, the Safety Board issued Safety Recommendations A-78-37 through -41 in connection with a commuter airlines accident which occurred on September 6, 1977. The recommendations are applicable to this accident investigation; thus, the Safety Board reiterates that them to the Federal Aviation Administration.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/26/1978
Response: Ack. Receipt of faa ltr dtd 7/6/78. Recs. A-78-38 and 39 will be presented to the safety board for closing action based on your prompt and constructive action. Although these two recommendations have been kept open by the board, faa feels that actions taken to date do, in fact, justify closing actions as suggested by chairman king.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/6/1978
Response: FAA LTR: WE HAVE 3,594 PART 135 CERTIFICATE HOLDERS OF WHICH 242 ARE COMMUTER AIR CARRIER OPERATORS. THE NUMBER OF AIR TAXI/COMMUTER OPERATORS THAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ANY ONE FAA OFFICE WILL VARY FROM YEAR TO YEAR AS AIR TAXI CERTIFICATES ARE SURRENDERED OR NEW APPLICANTS CERTIFICATED. WE ARE CONTINUALLY REVIEWING MANPOWER ALLOCATIONS AND WILL ASSIGN INSPECTORS, AS REQUIRED, TO MONITOR THE OPERATIONS OF EACH CERTIFICATE HOLDER.