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Safety Recommendation A-83-087
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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: ISSUE APPROPRIATE NOTICES AND INSTRUCTIONS TO AIRPORT INSPECTORS TO ENCOURAGE THE OPERATORS OF INDEX A AND B AIRPORTS, AS WELL AS STATE AIRPORT OFFICIALS, TO PROVIDE HANDS-ON FIREFIGHTING TRAINING TO AIRPORT TENANTS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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 - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Airport Rescue and Firefighting, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/29/1990
Response: Based on your response and supporting documents, Safety Recommendations A-82-89, A- 83-84, A-83-87, A-84-21, A-84-27, A-84-29, A-84-31, A-84-35, A-84-98, and A-84-100, are classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action," and Recommendations A-81-9, A-82-88, A-84-23, A-84-28, A-84-30, A-84-32, and A-84-34 are classified as "Closed-- Acceptable Alternate Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/2/1988
Response: The revised 14 CFR 139.319(j) requires training of all rescue and firefighting personnel, regardless of whether they are airport tenants or the index size of the airport. Under 14 CFR 139.319(j)(3), all rescue and firefighting personnel are required to participate in at least one live fire drill every 12 months. I consider the FAA's action to be completed, and I plan no further action on 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's response indicates agreement with this recommendation. The FAA will take steps to ensure that guidance is promulgated to inspectors for the training of airport tenants and that the planned amendments to 14 CFR Part 139 will include provisions for the training of airport tenants in firefighting techniques. Pending issuance of guidance material to FAA inspectors, Safety Recommendation A-83-87 will be classified as "Open--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/8/1984
Response: FAA COMMENT: THE FAA AGREES WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. IT IS FAA POLICY TO ENCOURAGE MANAGEMENT OF SMALL AIRPORTS TO UTILIZE "VOLUNTEER" FIREFIGHTERS AND TO PROPERLY TRAIN THEM. WHERE VOLUNTEERS ARE USED, TRAINING RECORDS OF SMALL AIRPORTS ARE SCRUTINIZED AS CLOSELY AS THOSE AIRPORTS WITH FULL-TIME FIREFIGHTER/RESCUE PERSONNEL. THE FAA WILL TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT THIS GUIDANCE IS BEING PROVIDED TO INSPECTORS AS APPROPRIATE INCLUDING THE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS BEING PROPOSED IN THE PENDING AMENDMENT TO 14 CFR 139.