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Safety Recommendation A-82-151
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 16, 1982, REEVE ALEUTIAN AIRWAYS, INC., (REEVE) FLIGHT 69, A NIHON YS-11A, N169RV, WITH 36 PASSENGERS AND 3 CREWMEMBERS ONBOARD, MADE AN EMERGENCY GEAR-UP LANDING ON THE FROZEN NAKNEK RIVER ADJACENT TO THE KING SALMON AIRPORT, KING SALMON, ALASKA, FOLLOWING THE LOSS OF POWER IN BOTH ENGINES. THE AIRPLANE WAS DAMAGED SUBSTANTIALLY, AND ONE CREWMEMBER, TWO PASSENGERS, AND TWO FIREFIGHTERS SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES DURING THE EVACUATION, FIREFIGHTING, AND RESCUE ACTIVITIES.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: ISSUE AN OPERATIONS BULLETIN REQUIRING PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS INSPECTORS TO INFORM ALL AIR CARRIER AND COMMERCIAL OPERATORS OF NIHON YS-11 AIRPLANES UNDER THEIR COGNIZANCE OF THE NEED TO MARK THE CATCHES ON ALL EMERGENCY EXITS SO THAT THEY ARE EASILY LOCATED AND DISTINGUISHABLE FROM THE EXIT HANDLES AND OTHER COMPONENTS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: KING SALMON, AK, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA82AA015
Accident Reports: Reeve Aleutian Airways, NIHON YS-11A, N169RV
Report #: AAR-82-14
Accident Date: 2/16/1982
Issue Date: 12/27/1982
Date Closed: 7/29/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/29/1983
Response: We have examined the advance copy of FAA Order 8340.lA, Change 72, transmitting Maintenance Bulletin No. 52-12 to Appendix 21, entitled "Nihon YS-11 Aircraft Interior Overwing Exit Markings." We are pleased to note that it satisfies the intent of Safety Recommendation A-82-151 which is now classified in a "Closed-- Acceptable Action" status.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/5/1983
Response: FAA LETTER: FAA ORDER 8340.1A, CHANGE 72 TRANSMITS MAINTENANCE BULLETIN NO. 52-12 TO APPENDIX 21, ENTITLED NIHON YS-11 AIRCRAFT INTERIOR OVERWING EXIT MARKINGS. IT DIRECTS FAA FIELD INSPECTORS TO ASSURE THAT THEIR ASSIGNED OPERATORS ARE AWARE OF THIS PROBLEM AND THE NEED TO MARK THE CATCHES ON ALL EMERGENCY EXITS SO THEY ARE EASILY LOCATED AND DISTINGUISHABLE FROM EXIT HANDLES AND OTHER COMPONENTS.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/13/1983
Response: The FAA response to Safety Recommendation A-82-151 indicates that the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau has been requested to confirm that the markings on the YS-11 catch and exit handles were in accordance with the applicable airworthiness regulations. Although we believe it important to verify compliance with the regulations at certification, that was not the intended thrust of our recommendation. The point we were trying to make in our recommendation was that while the applicable regulations required that exits, "their means of access, and their means of opening...be conspicuously marked," this accident pointed up the need, in addition, for the exit handle and the exit catch not only to be marked conspicuously, but marked so as to be easily distinguishable from each other. It was for this reason that we asked that Principal Operations Inspectors inform current operators of YS-11's of the need to mark exit catches in such a way as to distinguish them from exit handles and other components of the emergency exit. If this problem is widespread and not limited to the YS-11 involved in this accident, it needs to be dealt with expeditiously. We continue to believe that more positive action is needed to deal effectively with those airplanes currently in service, which may have emergency exits that are not marked adequately. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation A-82-151 is being held in an "Open--Unacceptable Action" status, pending the FAA's further response.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/21/1983
Response: FAA LETTER: ON JANUARY 17, 1982, WE REQUESTED THE JAPAN AVIATION BUREAU IN TOKYO TO CONFIRM THAT THE MARKINGS ON THE CATCH AND EXIT HANDLERS WERE IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE AIRWORTHINESS REGULATIONS. THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WILL CONTACT THE BOARD UPON RECEIPT AND REVIEW OF THE JAPAN CIVIL AVIATION BUREAU'S RESPONSE.