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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-79-062
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Synopsis: DURING THE SAFETY BOARD'S INVESTIGATION OF THE UNITED AIR LINES DC-8 ACCIDENT AT PORTLAND, OREGON, ON DECEMBER 28, 1978, SEVERAL PROBLEMS WERE DISCOVERED WHICH AFFECTED ADVERSELY THE SURVIVABILITY OF THE AIRCRAFT OCCUPANTS. THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THESE PROBLEMS ARE NOT LIMITED TO THIS PARTICULAR AIR CARRIER OR TO THIS PARTICULAR AIRCRAFT; THUS THEY MAY AFFECT PERSONS INVOLVED IN FUTURE ACCIDENTS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: ISSUE AN AIR CARRIER MAINTENANCE BULLETIN CLARIFYING THE CONTENT OF 14 CFR 25.811(D) REGARDING THE CONSPICUITY OF PASSENGER EMERGENCY EXIT SIGNS WHEN EXITS ARE OPEN AND THE REQUIREMENT FOR EXIT SIGNS TO BE RELOCATED IN AIRCRAFT WHICH HAVE SIGNS AFFIXED ON THE EXIT CLOSURE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate 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: 8/10/1979
Date Closed: 4/6/1981
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 4/6/1981
Response: We note that on september 11, 1980, the faa issued a letter to all regional flight standards division chiefs clarifying the intent of the regulations regarding the conspicuity of passenger emergency exit signs. The status of this recommendation is classified closed--acceptable alternate action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/30/1980
Response: FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION LTR: AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO ISSUANCE OF AN AIR CARRIER MAINTENANCE BULLETIN, THE FAA ON SEPTEMBER 11, 1980, DIRECTED A LETTER TO THE REGIONAL FLIGHT STANDARDS DIVISION CHIEFS CLARIFYING THE CONTENT OF THE REGULATIONS REGARDING THE CONSPICUITY OF PASSENGER EMERGENCY EXIT SIGNS WHEN EXITS ARE OPEN AND THE REQUIREMENT FOR EXIT SIGNS TO BE RELOCATED IN AIRCRAFT WHICH HAVE SIGNS AFFIXED ON THE EXIT CLOSURE.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/9/1980
Response: The faa's response to november 23, 1979, indicated actions underway to resolve these recommendations. In order to evaluate their progress and update the public docket, we would appreciate an updated status report.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/4/1980
Response: The safety board appreciates the ongoing efforts of the faa to satisfy the intent of these recommendations. In the meantime, they will be classified in an open-- acceptable action status.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/23/1979
Response: FAA LTR: THE FAA REGIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPE CERTIFICATION OF AIR CARRIER AIRCRAFT ARE CURRENTLY REVIEWING COMPLIANCE WITH 14 CFR 25.811(D) REGARDING LOCATIONS OF PASSENGER EMERGENCY EXIT SIGNS. IF AN AIR CARRIER MAINTENANCE BULLETIN IS DEEMED APPROPRIATE, WE SHALL ISSUE ONE. WE WILL ADVISE THE BOARD OF OUR FINAL ACTIONS IN RESPONSE TO THIS RECOMMENDATION.