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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-86-080
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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 NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION: REQUIRE THAT ALL OFFICES THAT HAVE A WEATHER RADAR DISPLAY OR DISPLAYS AND AN AVIATION WEATHER WARNING RESPONSIBILITY TO AIRPORTS HAVE THOSE AIRPORTS CLEARLY LOCATED ON A USABLE MAP ON EACH WEATHER RADAR DISPLAY.
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: 1/19/1989
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Weather, Weather Equipment/Products/Reports

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Date: 1/19/1990
Response:

From: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
To: NTSB
Date: 7/22/1988
Response: THE PROCESS NECESSARY TO FULLY SATISFY THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION WAS INITIATED EARLIER THIS YEAR AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER 1988.

From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Date: 10/19/1987
Response:

From: United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
To: NTSB
Date: 6/1/1987
Response: PRESENTLY, NEARLY ALL NWS OFFICES THAT HAVE WEATHER RADAR DISPLAYS AND LOCAL AIRPORT WEATHER ADVISORY RESPONSIBILITY, HAVE THOSE AIRPORTS ANNOTATED ON USEABLE MAPS ON THEIR RADAR DISPLAYS. THE ONLY EXCEPTIONS ARE EIGHT OFFICES, ALL LOCATED WEST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE. THE NWS PLANS TO MEET THE REQUIREMENT AS STATED IN THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION AT THESE OFFICES.