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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-86-074
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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: ISSUE A GENERAL NOTICE TO ALL EN ROUTE AND TERMINAL FACILITIES EMPHASIZING THE PHRASEOLOGY REQUIREMENTS FOR DESCRIBING WEATHER AREAS AS STATED IN FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION HANDBOOK 7110.65D.
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: 3/20/1987
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Air Traffic Control, Training and Education, Weather

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/20/1987
Response: The Board finds the issuance of the GENOT mentioned in your letter to comply with the intent of this recommendation. Safety Recommendation A-86-74 has been classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/16/1986
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION AND HAS ISSUED A GENOT ON NOVEMBER 12, 1986. THIS GENOT REQUIRES ALL FACILITY MANAGERS TO BRIEF ALL OPERATIONAL PERSONNEL ON THE ISSU ANCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION AS DESCRIBED IN HANDBOOK 7110.65D, PARAGRAPH 2-103, WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON PHRASEOLOGY REQUIREMENTS.