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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-79-034
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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: AUDIT SUPPLEMENTAL TYPE CERTIFICATE SA3357WE-D FOR COMPLETENESS, ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA OF SYSTEM CALIBRATON AFTER INSTALLATION.
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: 5/18/1981
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/18/1981
Response: We note that an audit was completed on may 29, 1980, and that no unsafe condition was found on this or any other supplemental type certificate issue by united air lines under designated authorization station 1-we. We also note that data deficiencies on stc sa3357we-d have been resolved. This recommendation is classified in a closed--acceptable action status.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/1/1981
Response: FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION LTR: THE SUBJECT AUDIT WAS COMPLETED ON MAY 29, 1980, BY FAA WESTERN REGION PERSONNEL. AS SUGGESTED IN THE RECOMMENDATION, PARTICULAR ATTENTION WAS PAID TO COMPLETENESS, ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA OF SYSTEM CALIBRATION AFTER INSTALLATION. NO UNSAFE CONDITION WAS DETERMINED TO EXIST ON THIS OR ANY OTHER STC ISSUED BY UNITED AIR LINES UNDER DESIGNATED AUTHORIZATION STATION 1-WE. THE DATA DEFICIENCIES ON STC SA3357WE-D HAVE BEEN RESOLVED AND A SATISFACTORY CALIBRATION REPORT IS AVAILABLE. THE FAA IS SATISFIED THAT THE DC-8 FUEL QUANTITY INDICATING SYSTEM MODIFICATION FOR STC SA3357WE-D IS SAFE AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE REGULATIONS.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/15/1980
Response: In order to evaluate progress of these recommendations and update the public docket, we would appreciate an updated status report.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/27/1979
Response: To assure the adequacy of the fuel-quantity measuring and indicating system, we recommended that the faa audit supplemental type certificate sa 335 we-d. We are pleased to note that this is being done and that we will be advised of the faa's findings. This recommendation is also being maintained in an open--acceptable action status.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/23/1979
Response: FAA LTR: A PRELIMINARY AUDIT HAS BEEN CONDUCTED AND AN OFFICIAL AUDIT OF THE ENTIRE DATA FILE HAS BEEN INITIATED. WE EXPECT TO COMPLETE THIS AUDIT WITHIN THE NEXT 90 DAYS.