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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-82-058
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Synopsis: ON SEPTEMBER 23, 1981, A RONSON AVIATION BELL 206B HELICOPTER AND A SEMINOLE AIR CHARTER PIPER PA-34 AIRPLANE COLLIDED IN FLIGHT OVER THE MEADOWLANDS SPORTS COMPLEX IN EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY, ABOUT 2 MI SOUTH OF THE TETERBORO, NEW JERSEY, AIRPORT. THERE WERE SCATTERED CLOUDS AT ABOUT 6,000 FEET AND THE VISIBILITY WAS 30 MILES AT THE TIME. THE AIRPLANE HAD DEPARTED SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, ON AN INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES FLIGHT PLAN TO TETERBORO, AND WAS ON A LEFT BASE LEG TO RUNWAY 1 FOLLOWING AN INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM (ILS) APPROACH TO RUNWAY 6. THE HELICOPTER WAS OPERATING UNDER VISUAL FLIGHT RULES INBOUND TO TETERBORO FROM WOOD BRIDGE, NEW JERSEY, FOR A LANDING ON THE RAMP AREA ADJACENT TO THE SOUTH END OF RUNWAY 1. THE TWO AIRCRAFT COLLIDED AT ABOUT 650 FEET. THE HELICOPTER FELL INTO A PARKING LOT, AND BOTH PERSONS ABOARD WERE KILLED. THE AIRPLANE, WITH ABOUT 8 FEET OF ITS LEFT WING AND ITS RIGHT ENGINE MISSING, MADE A GEAR-UP LANDING IN A MARSH ABOUT SEVEN-TENTHS OF A MILE EAST OF THE COLLISION POINT. THE PILOT WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED AND THE PASSENGER RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: THROUGH PILOT TRAINING AND EXAMINATION PROGRAMS, EMPHASIZE TO PILOTS THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCURATE POSITION REPORTING IN COMMUNICATIONS WITH AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FACILITIES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: East Rutherford, NJ, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA81AA028
Accident Reports: Ronson Aviation Bell 206B, N27670 and Seminole Air Charter Piper PA 34-200T, N8110R, Midair Collision
Report #: AAR-82-06
Accident Date: 9/23/1981
Issue Date: 7/20/1982
Date Closed: 3/31/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Flightcrew, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/31/1983
Response: The FAA response indicates concurrence in the Safety Board's recommendation and subsequently the FAA published an article in the FAA General Aviation News as an element of its implementation of the recommendation. Consequently, this recommendation will be classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action" status.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/28/1982
Response: FAA LETTER: THE FAA IS CONTINUALLY EMPHASIZING PILOT/ CONTROLLER ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES THROUGH INCREASED EMPHASIS ON ACCURATE POSITION REPORTING WHEN COMMUNICATING WITH AIR TRAFFIC OR OTHER FACILITIES SINCE IT IS ESSENTIAL TO SAFE AIRPORT OPERATION AND COLLISION AVOIDANCE PRECAUTIONS. THIS SUBJECT AREA WILL BE ADDRESSED TO INSPECTORS, PILOT EXAMINEES, AND FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS THROUGH OPERATIONS BULLETINS AND TO PILOTS AND INDUSTRY THROUGH THE FAA'S ACCIDENT PREVENTION PROGRAM AND GENERAL AVIATION NEWS PUBLICATION.