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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-82-059
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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: REVISE THE HELICOPTER ROUTES CONTATINED IN THE TETERBORO LETTER TO AIRMEN 81-2 TO PROVIDE IMPROVED SEPARATION AND THEREBY MINIMIZE THE POTENTIAL FOR CONFLICTS BETWEEN HELICOPTERS AND FIXED WING AIRCRAFT TRAFFIC.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable 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: 9/7/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 9/7/1983
Response: We note that the FAA has completed an analysis and concluded that the routes as depicted minimize the potential for conflicts of helicopter and fixed-wing traffic, and that consequently a revision of the Letter to Airmen is not needed. The Board continues to believe that the route designated "Sierra" completely avoids the traffic flow for runway 1, and that had the use of this route been emphasized in the Letter to Airmen as the route for all helicopters inbound from the southwest through the southeast, the conflict potential would be reduced. We, therefore, continue to believe this recommendation has merit, but because we have no additional information to provide the FAA in support of this recommendation, it will be classified as "Closed--Unacceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/2/1983
Response: FAA LETTER: AN ANALYSIS OF THE TETERBORO LETTER TO AIRMEN, SUBSEQUENT TO THE MIDAIR COLLISION, WAS COMPLETED AND FOUND THAT THE ROUTES AS DEPICTED MINIMIZE THE EXPOSURE OF HELICOPTERS TO FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT. THIS LETTER WAS AGAIN STUDIED PRIOR TO REISSUANCE AS TETERBORO LETTER TO AIRMAN 83-3 TO INSURE THE ROUTES WERE EFFICIENT AND SAFE WHEN FLOWN AS DEPICTED. AS A RESULT OF THIS ANALYSIS, WE FIND NO NEED FOR REVISION OF THE LETTER OR ROUTES.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/31/1983
Response: Pending receipt of the planned revision to the Teterboro Letter to Airmen, we shall retain this recommendation in an "Open--Acceptable Action" status.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/28/1982
Response: FAA LETTER: IN AN EFFORT TO MINIMIZE THE POTENTIAL FOR CONFLICT BETWEEN HELICOPTER OPERATIONS AND FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT, WE WILL REVIEW AND REVISE THE HELICOPTER ROUTES AT TETERBORO AIRPORT TO PROVIDE FOR THE SEGREGATION OF THESE AIRCRAFT.