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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-86-089
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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 PAS SENGERS AND 3 CABIN ATTENDANTS SURVIVED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE DALLAS/FORT WORTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BOARD: CONDUCT FULL-SCALE DEMONSTRATIONS OF THE DALLAS/FORT WORTH AIRPORT EMERGENCY PLAN AND PROCEDURES EVERY 2 YEARS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate 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: 3/30/1987
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Date: 3/30/1987
Response:

From: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
To: NTSB
Date: 10/16/1986
Response: PRESENTLY BEING STUDIED IS THE FEASIBILITY OF FULL SCALE EXERCISES OF THE EMERGENCY PLAN AT 2 YEAR INTERVALS. CURRENTLY, THIS EXERCISE ALTERNATES BETWEEN DALLAS/FT. WORTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND ONE OF THE FOUR SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES TO PROVIDE SYSTEM TESTING AT 2 YEAR INTERVALS WITH ON-SITE EXERCISES AT DALLAS/FT. WORTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EVERY 4 YEARS. THE LAST JOINT AIRPORT/MUNICIPAL EXERCISE OR DRILL WAS CONDUCTED IN 1983 WITH THE CITY OF IRVING, TEXAS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE NTSB FAILED TO RECOGNIZE THIS AS AN OFFICIAL TEST OF THE AIRPORT'S EMERGENCY PLAN.