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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-79-032
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Synopsis: ON DECEMBER 28, 1978, A UNITED AIRLINES DC-8 CRASHED NEAR PORTLAND, OREGON, AFTER FUEL EXHAUSTION. AS A RESULT OF ITS INVESTIGATON, THE SAFETY BOARD BELIEVES THAT SAFETY-RELATED FINDINGS MERIT CORRECTIVE ACTION.
Recommendation: ISSUE AN OPERATIONS ALERT BULLETIN TO HAVE FAA INSPECTORS ASSURE THAT CREW TRAINING STRESSES DIFFERENCES IN FUEL-QUANTITY MEASURING INSTRUMENTS AND THAT CREWS FLYNG WITH THE NEW SYSTEM ARE MADE AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF MISINTERPRETATION OF GAUGE READINGS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Portland, OR, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA79AA005
Accident Reports: United Airlines, Inc., McDonnell- Douglas, DC-8-61, N8082U
Report #: AAR-79-07
Accident Date: 12/28/1978
Issue Date: 5/8/1979
Date Closed: 3/13/1980
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Flightcrew, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/13/1980
Response: Your letter (july 23, 1979), indicated that the faa planned to issue an air carrier operations bulletin to comply with the above recommendation. We note that the faa has since issued air carrier operations bulletin no. 8-79-2 possible misinterpretation of fuel gage reading. (no. 8430.17 chg 11 dated november 3, 1979). This action satisfies the intent of a-79-32 which is now classified in a closed-acceptable action status.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/27/1979
Response: We are pleased to note that the faa plans to issue an air carrier operations bulletin to emphasize to flightcrews the differences in fuel quantity measuring instruments and the possibility of misinterpretation of gage readings. We are maintaining this recommendation in an open--acceptable action status.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/23/1979
Response: FAA LTR: WE PLAN TO ISSUE AN AIR CARRIER OPERATIONS BULLETIN TO EMPHASIZE TO FLIGHTCREWS THE DIFFERENCES IN FUEL QUANTITY MEASURING INSTRUMENTS AND THE POSSIBILITY OF MISINTERPRETATION OF GAGE READINGS. WE EXPECT TO ISSUE THE BULLETIN WITHIN THE NEXT 90 DAYS. 11/3/79 - AIR CARRIER OPERATIONS BULLETIN NO. 8-79-2, "POSSIBLE MISINTERPRETATIONS OF FUEL GAGE READINGS," NOTICE 8430.17, CHANGE 11, ISSUED.