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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-82-060
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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: PROVIDE ALL PERTINENT PERSONNEL WORKING TRAFFIC AT BRITE-EQUIPPED, NONRADAR CONTROL TOWERS WITH THE PROPER TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION REGARDING THE USE OF THAT EQUIPMENT.
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: 5/18/1987
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Air Traffic Control, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/18/1987
Response: The Safety Board is pleased to learn that, prior to their certification, controllers are now trained and examined on the BRITE radar display at the Federal Aviation Academy and at BRITE equipped facilities. This recommendation is now classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/20/1987
Response: THE FAA ACADEMY HAS IMPLEMENTED A BRITE CERTIFICATION TRAINING COURSE AND EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THESE LESSONS AND THE TEST IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO CERTIFICATION ON THE BRITE EQUIPMENT. ADDITIONALLY, THE TERMINAL INSTRUCTION PROCEDURE GUIDE (TP-12-0-1) REQUIRES THAT LOCAL BRITE TRAINING AT FACILITIES EQUIPPED WITH BRITE TAKE PLACE PRIOR TO FACILITY CERTIFICATION.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/1/1986
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF FACILITY MANAGERS ASCERTAINING THAT THEIR PERSONNEL, AS APPROPRIATE, RECEIVE THE REQUIRED TRAINING ON THE BRITE RADAR DISPLAY.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 12/1/1986
Response: In our letter of September 7, 1983, we thanked the FAA for its letter of June 2, 1983, and requested to be informed of the number of persons trained on the Brite radar display and a description of the placement of such personnel. Pending the FAA's further response, this recommendation was classified as "Open--Acceptable Action." The Safety Board has not received any further response from the FAA. Before closing this recommendation, we would like to be assured that controllers using Brite radar displays are adequately trained in the use of such equipment. Safety Recommendation A-82-60 remains in an "Open--Acceptable Action" status, pending receipt of further information from FAA. Your prompt attention to this matter would be appreciated.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/2/1983
Response: FAA LETTER: ENCLOSED FOR THE BOARD'S INFORMATION AND FILE IS A COPY OF A MEMORANDUM DATED APRIL 21, 1983, SENT TO ALL REGIONAL DIRECTORS WHICH ADDRESSES THIS RECOMMENDATION, THE MEMORANDUM STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF FACILITY MANAGERS ASCERTAINING THAT THEIR PERSONNEL, AS APPROPRIATE, RECEIVE THE REQUIRED TRAINING ON THE BRITE RADAR DISPLAY.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/31/1983
Response: The intent of Safety Recommendation A-82-60 was to increase the likelihood that the required training on the BRITE radar display would, in fact, be provided. The BRITE training curriculum which you enclosed appears to be quite adequate. However, none of the personnel involved in this accident reportedly had received the required training. It is quite possible that a similar situation exists at other facilities. Therefore, we believe that a reminder to FAA regions and facilities to assure the proper administration of the training would be most appropriate. Pending an indication of the issuance of such an advisory, this recommendation will be held in an "Open--Unacceptable Action" status.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/28/1982
Response: FAA LETTER: TRAINING ON BRITE EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED AS OUTLINED IN THE INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM GUIDE TP12-0-1A, PHASE 1X-LOCAL CONTROL. THIS TRAINING IS REQUIRED OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SPECIALISTS QUALIFYING ON THE LOCAL CONTROL POSITION EQUIPPED WITH BRITE UNITS REGARDLESS IF THE FACILITY IS A NONRADAR OR RADAR FACILITY.