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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-78-045
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Synopsis: DURING THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD'S INVESTIGATION THE NATIONAL JET SERVICES DC-3 ACCIDENT AT EVANSVILLE DRESS AIRPORT,EVANSVILLE, INDIANA, ON DECEMBER 13, 1977, THE BOARD FOUND THAT FIREFIGHTING AND RESCUE VEHICLES MAY NOT BE ABLE TO USE THE AIRPORT'S PERIMETER ROAD WHEN RESPONDING TO AIRCRAFT EMERGENCIES. FOLLOWING THE ACCIDENT, A QUICK RESPONSE TRUCK ATTEMPTED TO PROCEED TO THE ACCIDENT SCENE VIA THE AIRPORT PERIMETER ROAD. EN ROUTE, THE TRUCK'S REAR TIRES SLID OFF THE ROADWAY, WHICH WAS ON TOP OF A 5-FOOT EMBANKMENT, AND BECAME MIRED. A SECOND CRASH/FIRE/RESCUE (CFR) TRUCK ATTEMPTED TO REACH THE SCENE VIA OFF-AIRPORT ROADS, BUT ITS DRIVER WAS UNABLE TO LOCATE THE SCENE.
Recommendation: SEEK AMENDMENT OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION ACT OF 1958 TO REQUIRE BOTH ON-AIRPORT AND OFF-AIRPORT FIREFIGHTING AND RESCUE VEHICLES BE CAPABLE OF TRAVERSING AIRPORT ROADS AND PREPARED SURFACES OTHER THAN THOSE DESIGNATED FOR THE MOVEMENT OF AIRCRAFT IN ORDER TO REACH THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT ON THE AIRPORT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Evansville, IN, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA78AA001
Accident Reports: National Jet Services, Inc., Douglas DC-3, N51071
Report #: AAR-77-10
Accident Date: 12/13/1977
Issue Date: 7/7/1978
Date Closed: 1/9/1985
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/9/1985
Response: On june 11, 1980, the faa amended advisory circular (ac) 150/5335-4 by issuing change 3 to airport design standards. The change specifies the criteria for the construction of airport access roads requires the roads to be indicated on airport layout plans, and states thatsafety requirements listed in the ac must be met or described on the airport layout plan. In view of this responsive action, we have classified both recommendations as closed--acceptable alternate action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/11/1980
Response: IN RESPONSE TO THIS RECOMMENDATION THE FAA ISSUED ADVISORY CIRCULAR (AC) 150/5335-4 CHANGE 3, DATED 6/11/80. THE CHANGE ADDS EMPHASIS ON CRASH, FIRE RESCUE ACCESS ROADS.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/11/1978
Response: FAA LTR: THERE IS NO NEED TO AMEND THE LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE THAT FIRE FIGHTING AND RESCUE VEHICLES BE CAPABLE OF TRAVERSING AIRPORT ROADS SINCE SECTION 612 OF THE ACT ALREADY PROVIDES BROAD AUTHORITY FOR THE FAA IN THIS AREA. IMPLEMENTATION COULD BE INCORPORATED INTO 14 CFR PART 139 SHOULD THIS BE CONSIDERED NECESSARY. HOWEVER, WE DO NOT FEEL THE REQUIREMENT TO CONSTRUCT PERIMETER/ACCESS ROADS IS JUSTIFIED; THEREFORE, NO AMENDMENT TO PART 139 IS CONTEMPLATED.