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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-78-046
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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: UPON PASSAGE OF THE AMENDMENT TO THE ACT, SPECIFY CRITERIA FOR CONSTRUCTION OF AIRPORT PERIMETER/ACCESS ROADS AND REQUIRE THAT THESE ROADS BE INSPECTED PERIODICALLY AS PART OF THE ANNUAL CERTIFICATION PROCEDURE FOR AIRPORTS.
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)
Keyword(s):

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 that safety requirements listed in the ac must be met or described on the air- port 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: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 4/6/1979
Response: The ntsb is pleased to note that the faa will publish an advisory circular suggesting minimum standards for roads designated for use by firefighting vehicles and that these roads will be periodically inspected by field certification specialists. This recommendation will be maintained in an open--acceptable action status and evaluated again after advisory circular is published.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/14/1979
Response: FAA LETTER: WE AGREE THAT ANY PORTION OF THE AIRPORT ROAD SYSTEM THAT IS TO BE USED BY FIREFIGHTING VEHICLES SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE OPERATIONS MANUAL AND BE CONSTRUCTED IN MANNER ADEQUATE FOR THE USE OF SUCH VEHICLES. WE WILL INCORPORATE IN THE APPROPRIATE ADVISORY CIRCULARS SUGGESTED MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR THIS TYPE OF ROAD IN ORDER THAT IT ACCOMMODATE THE EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT LOCATED AT A PARTICULAR AIRPORT. IN THE FUTURE, ROADS SO DESIGNATED WILL BE EXAMINED BY FIELD CERTIFICATIONS SPECIALISTS AS PART OF THE AGENCY'S PERIODIC CERTIFICATION INSPECTION.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 12/18/1978
Response: The board cannot understand faa's reasoning. The board is of the opinion thatif the faa believes access roads are necessary in airport safety areas and is willing to expand funds on such roads through the airport development aid program, it should be able to make funds available to airports to maintain existing roads for the safety purposes outlined in our recommendation letter of july 17, 1978. The board requested that faa reconsider a-78-46.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/11/1978
Response: FAA LTR: FAA CONSIDERS THIS RECOMMENDATION UNJUSTIFIED COST PROHIBITIVE AND INAPPROPRIATE AS PART OF AIRPORT CERTIFICATION. FAA INTENDS TO MEET THE OBJECTIVE OF THE RECOMMENDATION BY SUPPORTING DEVELOPMENT OF MORE EFFECTIVE AND FEASIBLE FIRE FIGHTING AND RESCUE EQUIPMENT.