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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-80-054
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Synopsis: ON MAY 6, 1980, A LEARJET MODEL 23 AIRCRAFT CRASHED WHILE ATTEMPTING A NIGHT LANDING ON RUNWAY 33 AT BYRD FIELD, RICHMOND, VIRGINIA. THE SKIES WERE CLEAR, VISIBLITY WAS 10 MI, AND THE WIND WAS CALM. ALTHOUGH THE LEARJET WAS SLIGHTLY HIGH ON THE APPROACH, IT DESCENDED NORMALLY IN A LANDING ATTITUDE. BUT BEFORE TOUCHING DOWN, THE AIRCRAFT YAWED AND ROLLED, AND FIRST THE RIGHT WINGTIP FUEL TANK AND THEN THE LEFT TIPTANK STRUCK THE RUNWAY. THEREAFTER, THE NOSE OF THE AIRCRAFT PITCHED UP, THE ENGINE THRUST INCREASED, THE AIRCRAFT ROLLED TO THE RIGHT, AND IT CRASHED IN A NEARLY INVERTED ATTITUDE. A FIRE ERUPTED AFTER IMPACT, AND BOTH PILOTS, AND ONLY PERSONS ABOARD, WERE KILLED. THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN MANUFACTURED IN 1964. AVAILABLE OPTIONAL SLOW-FLIGHT MODIFICATIONS INSTALLED ON MANY LEARJETS HAD NOT BEEN INSTALLED ON THIS AIRCRAFT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: ADVISE ALL LEARJET OPERATORS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF RECENT ACCIDENTS AND EMPHASIZE THE PRUDENCE OF RIGID ADHERENCE TO THE SPECIFIED OPERATIONAL LIMITS AND RECOMMENDED OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES. (URGENT)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Richmond, VA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA80AA017
Accident Reports: Gates Learjet Model 23, N886JS
Report #: AAR-80-12
Accident Date: 5/6/1980
Issue Date: 6/27/1980
Date Closed: 5/17/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/17/1983
Response:

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/28/1982
Response: FAA LETTER: THE FAA HAS TAKEN EXTENSIVE ACTION TO INFORM PILOTS, TRAINING FACILITIES AND PILOT EXAMINERS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF RECENT ACCIDENTS INVOLVING THIS TYPE AIRCRAFT. THE FAA HAS AMENDED THE INSPECTORS' AIR TAXI INSPECTION AND SURVEILLANCE HANDBOOK AND APPROVED THE USE OF FLIGHT SAFETY INTERNATIONAL SIMULATORS FOR THE DEMONSTRATION OF MACH TUCK AND OTHER OPERATIONS BEYOND THE AIRPLANE'S CERTIFIED FLIGHT ENVE

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/3/1982
Response:

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/8/1981
Response: In safety recommendation a-80-54 we recommended that the faa advise all learjet operators of the circumstances of recent accidents and emphasize the prudence of rigid adherence to the specified operational limits and recommended operational procedures. We are satisfied with the actions taken by the faa to fulfill this recommendation. The status of a-80-54 is now classified as closed--acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/25/1980
Response: FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION LTR: IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIPT OF NTSB SAFETY RECOMMENDATION A-80-54, A NOTICE, WHICH INCLUDED THE BOARD'S ENTIRE TRANSMISSION, WAS SENT TO ALL LEARJET OPERATORS. IN ADDITION, A GENOT WAS TELEGRAPHED TO ALL FAA GENERAL AVIATION DISTRICT OFFICES (GADO'S), FLIGHT STANDARDS DISTRICT OFFICES (FSDO'S), AND AIR CARRIER DISTRICT OFFICES (ACDO'S), DIRECTING THAT ALL LEARJET PART 91, 121, AND 135 BE CONTACTED TO VERIFY THAT THE OPERATORS RECEIVED THE NOTICE, AND WERE FULLY AWARE OF THE CONTENTS OF NTSB SAFETY RECOMMENDATION A-80-54.