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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-79-011
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Synopsis: ON SEPTEMBER 2, 1978, AN ANTILLES AIR BOATS, INC., GRUMMAN G-21A CRASHED NEAR ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS. DURING ITS INVESTIGATION OF THAT CRASH, THE SAFETY BOARD DISCOVERED THAT SEVERAL AIRCRAFT LOGBOOK PAGES, WHICH INCLUDED ENTRIES FOR THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT AND FOR PREVIOUS DAYS, WERE MISSING FROM THE MAINTENANCE LOGBOOK. LATER, THE SAFETY BOARD DETERMINED THAT THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN FLOWN MORE THAN 20 FLIGHT HOURS BEYOND A SCHEDULED INSPECTION AND THAT SOME LOGBOOK PAGES HAD BEEN FALSIFIED AND HAD BEEN PRESENTED AS ACTUAL PAGES TO FAA INSPECTORS. THE SAFETY BOARD COULD NOT DETERMINE PRECISELY HOW MANY OF THESE LOGBOOK SHEETS WERE MISSING. WE BELIEVE THAT STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO REDUCE THE LIKELIHOOD OF SUCH OCCURRENCES.
Recommendation: REQUIRE THAT ALL AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE LOGBOOK SHEETS BE NUMBERED CONSECUTIVELY.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: St. Thomas, VI, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA78AA021
Accident Reports: Antilles Air Boats, Inc., Grumman G21A, N7777V
Report #: AAR-79-09
Accident Date: 9/2/1978
Issue Date: 5/1/1979
Date Closed: 11/8/1979
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 11/8/1979
Response: We are pleased to note that the faa has issued a change to order 8340.1a, maintenance bulletins directing principal inspectors to review their assigned operators' manual to ensure adequate maintenance logbook accountability. The status of this recommendation is now classified as closed--acceptable alternative action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/17/1979
Response: This is to advise that faa action with respect to ntsb safetyrecommendation a-79-11 has been completed. We issued a change to order 8340.1a, maintenance bulletin which directs principal inspectors to review their assigned operators' manuals to ensure that they have adequate procedures for maintenance logbook accountability.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/27/1979
Response: We ar pleased to note that existing federal aviation regulationsdo require logbook accountability. We are also pleased to be informed thatthe faa plans to issue a maintenance bulletin to requires principal airworthiness inspectors to review their assigned operators' manuals to ensure maintenance logbook page accountability. Pending the issuance of the bulletin, we are maintaining this recommendation in an open--acceptable action status.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/26/1979
Response: FAA LTR: WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT CONSECUTIVELY NUMBERED LOGBOOK PAGES WILL DETER A PERSON FROM ALTERING OR FALSIFYING RECORDS IF THEY HAVE AN INTENT TO DO SO. WE ARE PREPARING A MAINTENANCE BULLETIN WHICH WILL REQUEST PRINCIPAL AIRWORTHINESS INSPECTORS TO REVIEW THEIR ASSIGNED OPERATORS' MANUALS TO ENSURE MAINTENANCE LOGBOOK PAGE ACCOUNTABILITY. 9/17/79 - FAA LTR: WE ISSUED A CHANGE TO ORDER 8340.1A, MAINTENANCE BULLETINS, WHICH DIRECTS PRINCIPAL INSPECTORS TO REVIEW THEIR ASSIGNED OPERATORS' MANUALS TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE ADEQUATE PROCEDURES FOR MAINTENANCE LOGBOOK ACCOUNTABILITY.