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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-83-086
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Synopsis: ON JANUARY 9, 1983, REPUBLIC AIRLINES FLIGHT 927, A CV-580 WITH 3 CREWMEMBERS AND 20 PASSENGERS ON BOARD, STRUCK A SNOWBANK ALONG THE RIGHT SIDE OF RUNWAY 5/23 WHILE LANDING AT NIGHT DURING A SNOWSTORM AT BRAINERD, MINNESOTA. ONE PASSENGER WAS KILLED, AND A CHILD WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN STRUCK BY A PROPELLER BLADE WHICH HAD SEPARATED AND PENETRATED THE PASSENGER CABIN. DURING THE INVESTIGATION OF THIS ACCIDENT, SEVERAL SHORTCOMINGS WERE DISCOVERED IN THE AIRPORT'S EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO THIS ACCIDENT AND IN THE DEGREE OF PREPAREDNESS OF CRASH/FIRE/RESCUE (CFR) PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT: NOTIFICATION OF EQUIPMENT STATUS; THE CFR TRUCK; AND CFR TRAINING.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: DEVELOP TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR AIRPORT TENANTS AT INDEX A AND B AIRPORTS ON THE BASIC TECHNIQUES OF FIGHTING AIRCRAFT FIRES FOR USE BY AIRPORT INSPECTORS IN PROVIDING GUIDANCE TO AIRPORT OPERATORS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: BRAINERD, MN, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA83AA013
Accident Reports: Republic Airlines, Inc., Convair 580, N844H
Report #: AAR-83-08
Accident Date: 1/9/1983
Issue Date: 12/22/1983
Date Closed: 3/29/1990
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Airport Rescue and Firefighting, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/29/1990
Response: In Safety Recommendation A-83-86, we asked the FAA to develop training programs for airport tenants at Index A and B airports on the basic techniques of fighting aircraft fires. Since the FAA does not require training for airport tenants, this safety recommendation is classified as "Closed--Unacceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/2/1988
Response: The revised 14 CFR Part 139 does not require training programs for airport tenants since the regulation does not mandate that tenants be available to assist required rescue and firefighting personnel. However, 14 CFR 139.319(j) does specify that all required rescue and firefighting personnel (regardless of the index size of their airport) must be properly trained to perform their duties. The regulation specifies areas in which firefighting personnel must have received training (airport/aircraft familiarization, personnel safety, emergency communications systems, use of firefighting equipment, extinguishing agents, etc.). The FAA has developed a training program entitled "Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting" that includes an instructional course outline, training materials, student workbooks, etc. This course covers the mandatory areas of training identified in 14 CFR Part 139 and will soon be available for general training. I believe that the FAA's action has met the intent of this safety recommendation.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 9/2/1987
Response: Please refer to the FAA's response of December 15, 1986, regarding the following National Transportation Safety Board's Safety Recommendations: A-77-16 A-84-21 A-84-31 A-81-9 A-84-23 A-84-32 A-82-88 A-84-25 A-84-33 A-82-89 A-84-26 A-84-34 A-82-152 A-84-27 A-84-35 A-83-86 A-84-28 A-84-98 A-83-87 A-84-29 A-84-100 As you are aware, the resolution of these recommendations is subject to the outcome of Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), Notice No. 85-22, "Revision of Airport Certification Rules." The FAA's response indicated that rulemaking action would be finalized in early 1987, and that we would be provided with a copy of the final rule shortly thereafter. We are anxious to bring these outstanding recommendations to a satisfactory resolution and would appreciate receiving a progress report. The classification of these recommendations remains unchanged.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/15/1986
Response: This is a status update of several NTSB recommendations which deal with airports issues. A number of these recommendations cover areas that are subject to ongoing rulemaking procedures under 14 CFR part 139. Until the FAA has fully assessed and evaluated the comments received, I am not in a position to determine the agency's final position. I must therefore await the completion of the regulatory process before more definitive answers can be given. The NTSB recommendations listed below will be responded to once the rulemaking action has been finalized: A-77-16 A-84-21 A-84-31 A-81-9 A-84-23 A-84-32 A-82-88 A-84-25 A-84-33 A-82-89 A-84-26 A-84-34 A-82-152 A-84-27 A-84-35 A-83-86 A-84-28 A-84-98 A-83-87 A-84-29 A-84-100 It is anticipated that this rulemaking action will be finalized in the early part of 1987. I will provide the Board with a copy of the final rule shortly thereafter, as well as a more specific response to each of these recommendations.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/17/1984
Response: The FAA responded that there are several firefighter training programs and schools available and that the FAA provides training assistance to CFR personnel. The FAA stated that if deficiencies in airport firefighter training programs are found during the course of airport inspections, corrective action is taken. Also, the FAA is planning to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which will address the training of firefighters. Although the Safety Board is pleased that the FAA's forthcoming NPRM to amend 14 CFR Part 139 will address the training of firefighters, we would expect the NPRM also to address the training of airport tenants and part-time airport employees to satisfy the intent of Safety Recommendation A-83-86. We look forward to reviewing and commenting upon the NPRM to amend 14 CFR Part 139. Safety Recommendation A-83-86 will be classified as "Open--Acceptable Action" pending final rulemaking addressing this issue.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/8/1984
Response: FAA COMMENT: THERE ARE A NUMBER OF EXISTING TRAINING PROGRAMS AS WELL AS RECOGNIZED FIREFIGHTING SCHOOLS WHICH OFFER CRASH/FIRE/RESCUE TRAINING COURSES, CONDUCTED BY PERSONNEL SKILLED IN THE PROFESSION. THE FAA ALSO PROVIDES TRAINING ASSISTANCE TO AIRPORT CRASH/FIRE/RESCUE PERSONNEL. AT A MINIMUM IN THE CONDUCT OF AIRPORT INSPECTIONS, AIRPORT CERTIFICATION INSPECTORS REVIEW TRAINING RECORDS AND PROGRAMS. AT THIS TIME ASSISTANCE AND RECOMMENDATIONS ARE PROVIDED. IF IT IS DETERMINED BY AIRPORT CERTIFICATION INSPECTORS THAT TRAINING IS NOT ADEQUATE, THEN APPROPRIATE ACTION IS TAKEN TO ENSURE CORRECTION OF THE PROBLEM. ADDITIONALLY, THE FAA IS PLANNING TO ISSUE A NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM) TO AMEND 14 CFR 139 IN THE NEAR FUTURE. ONE OF THE PROPOSALS IN THE NPRM WILL ADDRESS FIREFIGHTING TRAINING.