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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-86-069
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Synopsis: ON AUGUST 2, 1985, AT 1805:52 CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME, DELTA AIR LINES (DELTA) FLIGHT 191, A LOCKHEED L-1011-385-1, N726DA, CRASHED WHILE APPROACHING TO LAND ON RUNWAY 17L AT THE DALLAS/FORT WORTH INTERNATIONAL (DFW) AIRPORT, TEXAS. WHILE PASSING THROUGH THE RAIN SHAFT BENEATH A THUNDERSTORM, FLIGHT 191 ENTERED A MICROBURST WHICH THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO TRAVERSE SUCCESSFULLY. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK THE GROUND ABOUT 6,300 FEET NORTH OF THE APPROACH END OF RUNWAY 17L, HIT A CAR ON A HIGHWAY NORTH OF THE RUNWAY KILLING THE DRIVER, STRUCK TWO WATER TANKS ON THE AIRPORT, AND BROKE APART. EXCEPT FOR A SECTION OF THE AIRPLANE CONTAINING THE AFT FUSELAGE AND EMPENNAGE, THE REMAINDER OF THE AIRPLANE DISINTEGRATED DURING THE IMPACT SEQUENCE, AND A SEVERE FIRE ERUPTED DURING THE IMPACT SEQUENCE. OF THE 163 PERSONS ABOARD, 134 PASSENGERS AND CREWMEMBERS WERE KILLED; 26 PASSENGERS AND 3 CABIN ATTENDANTS SURVIVED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: AMEND FEDERAL AVIATION HANDBOOK 7210.3G, FACILITY OPERATION AND ADMINISTRATION, TO REQUIRE THE OBSERVATION OF LIGHTNING OR EXISTENCE OF CUMULONIMBUS AND TOWERING CUMULUS CLOUDS AS ITEMS TO BE INCLUDED ON AUTOMATIC TERMINAL INFORMATION SERVICE BROADCAST WHEN THAT INFORMATION HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE REMARKS SECTION OF OFFICIAL WEATHER REPORTS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: DALLAS/FT WORTH, TX, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA85AA031
Accident Reports: Delta Air Lines, Inc., Lockheed L-1011-385-1, N726DA
Report #: AAR-86-05
Accident Date: 8/2/1985
Issue Date: 9/3/1986
Date Closed: 10/2/1987
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Thunderstorms/Rain/Snow, Weather, Weather Equipment/Products/Reports

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 10/2/1987
Response: The Safety Board has reviewed the instructions on items to be included on Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS) broadcasts and finds that the changes incorporated into Handbook 7110.65H, paragraph 2-127, comply with the intent of this recommendation. Therefore, Safety Recommendation A-86-69 has been classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action." Your efforts to improve aviation safety are appreciated.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/28/1987
Response: THE FAA HAS COMPLETED ITS REVIEW OF THE ATIS REQUIREMENTS AS THEY PERTAIN TO THE REMARKS SECTION OF THE OFFICIAL WEATHER REPORT. THE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ON THE CONTENT OF THE ATIS BROADCASTS WERE RELOCATED ON AUGUST 28, 1986, FROM HANDBOOK 7110.3G, PARAGRAPH 1230, TO HANDBOOK 7110.65E, PARAGRAPH 2-127. A CHANGE WAS PREPARED ON MAY 28, 1987, TO BE EFFECTIVE ON 11-19-87, WHICH AMENDS PARAGRAPH 2-127 TO INCLUDE THE DATA OUTLINED IN THIS RECOMMENDATION.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/20/1987
Response: The Safety Board is pleased to learn that the FAA plans to take appropriate action regarding this recommendation. Pending the Board's review of final action taken, Safety Recommendation A-86-69 has been classified as "Open-Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/16/1986
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION AND IS REVIEWING THE ATIS REQUIREMENTS AS THEY PERTAIN TO THE REMARKS SECTION OF THE OFFICIAL WEATHER REPORT. AFTER THE REVIEW IS COMPLETED, I WILL ADVISE THE BOARD OF THE FAA'S ACTION ON THIS RECOMMENDATION.