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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-80-018
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Synopsis: ON JULY 24, 1979, A PUERTO RICO INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (PRINAIR) DEHAVILLAND HERON CRASHED AT THE ALEXANDER HAMILTON AIRPORT, ST. CROIX, VIRGIN ISLANDS, KILLING 8 PERSONS AND SERIOUSLY INJURING 13 OTHERS. DURING ITS INVESTIGATION OF THE ACCIDENT, THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD FOUND NUMEROUS DEFICIENCIES IN THE CRASH/FIRE/RESCUE (CFR) OPERATIONS AND SERVICES OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS PORT AUTHORITY WHICH REQUIRE IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE VIRGIN ISLANDS PORT AUTHORITY: ESTABLISH AN EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS THAT WILL PROVIDE IMMEDIATE AND DISCRETE CONTACT WITH THOSE AGENCIES TO BE NOTIFIED DURING EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA79AA020
Accident Reports: Puerto Rico International Airlines, Inc., (PRINAIR), DeHavilland Heron, DH-114, N575PR
Report #: AAR-80-03
Accident Date: 7/24/1979
Issue Date: 3/5/1980
Date Closed: 1/6/1984
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Virgin Islands of the United States (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Virgin Islands of the United States
Date: 1/6/1984
Response:

From: Virgin Islands of the United States
To: NTSB
Date: 8/22/1983
Response: VIRGIN ISLANDS GOVERNOR'S LETTER: AN ADDRESS SYSTEM WAS INSTALLED IN THE CRASH HOUSE WITH THE ACTIVITATING MICROPHONE IN THE CONTROL TOWER. THIS WAS IN ADDITION TO THE EXISTING DIRECT TELEPHONE LINE BETWEEN THE TWO POINTS. PORTABLE MULTI-CHANNEL TRANSCEIVERS ARE LOCATED IN THE THREE EMERGENCY VEHICLES. DIRECT RADIO COMMUNICATION IS PROVIDED BETWEEN EACH VEHICLE AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, INSULAR FIRE SERVICE, HOSPITAL, CIVIL DEFENSE, AND ELECTRIC UTILITY COMPANY, SO AS TO REDUCE RELIANCE ON THE COMMERCIAL TELEPHONE SYSTEM DURING EMERGENCIES.

From: NTSB
To: Virgin Islands of the United States
Date: 7/29/1983
Response:

From: Virgin Islands of the United States
To: NTSB
Date: 3/24/1980
Response: GOVERNOR OF VIRGIN ISLANDS' RESPONSE: BY COPY OF THIS LETTER, I AM FORWARDING YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS PORT AUTHORITY WITH THE REQUEST THAT HE EXAMINE CAREFULLY THE SEVERAL OBSERVATIONS INDICATED IN YOUR REPORT AND TO ADVISE ME WHAT CORRECTIVE ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN OR WILL BE TAKEN IN THE NEAR FUTURE.