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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-86-129
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Synopsis: ON NOVEMBER 13, 1986, AT 1225 E.S.T. A LOCKHEED L-1011 OPERATING AS DELTA AIRLINE FLIGHT 194 EN ROUTE FROM ATLANTA, GEORGIA, TO NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, WAS CLEARED FOR AN ILS APPROACH TO RUNWAY 04 AND THEN TO CIRCLE AND TO LAND ON RUN WAY 29. FLIGHT 194 MADE THE APPROACH AND LANDED AND THEN TURNED ONTO A PARALLEL TAXIWAY. THE TOWER OPERATOR OBSERVED WHAT APPEARED TO BE SMOKE COMING FROM THE RIGHT WHEEL BRAKES AND NOTIFIED THE FLIGHTCREW. IT BECAME EVIDENT THAT THE SMOKE WAS ACTUALLY FUEL VAPOR AND THAT FUEL WAS LEAKING FROM THE RIGHT WING NEAR THE LANDING GEAR. THE ENGINES WERE SHUT DOWN, AND THE PASSENGERS AND CREW DEPLANED. FUEL CONTINUED TO LEAK FROM THE RIGHT MAIN FUEL TANK. THERE WERE NO REPORTED INJURIES AND NO FIRE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: REVISE THE APPROVED INSPECTION PROGRAMS FOR LOCKHEED L-1011 AIRPLANES AS NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH INSPECTION THRESHOLDS, INTERVALS, AND METHODS WHICH ARE ADEQUATE TO DETECT FATIGUE CRACKING OF PRIMARY WING STRUCTURE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: NEWARK, NJ, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA87MA012
Accident Reports: Delta Air Lines, Lockheed L-1011-385-1, N714DA
Report #: AAR-87-04-SUM
Accident Date: 11/13/1986
Issue Date: 11/19/1986
Date Closed: 8/3/1987
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/3/1987
Response: The Safety Board has reviewed the copy of Telegraphic Airworthiness Directive (AD) T86-23-52-R1 provided with your letter. The Board finds that the inspection thresholds, intervals, and methods to detect a crack required by this AD comply with the intent of this recommendation. Therefore, Safety Recommendation A-86-129 has been classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/15/1987
Response: THE FAA CONSIDERS THE TELEGRAPHIC AD T86-23-52-R1, ISSUED 12-18-86, TO APPROPRIATELY ADDRESS THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION. THE AD MANDATES INSPECTION THRESHOLDS, INTEVALS, AND METHODS WHICH ARE CONSIDERED TO BE ADEQUATE TO DETECT FATIGUE CRACKING IN THE LOCKHEED L-1011 WING SPAR WEB NEAR THE DOUBLER INSTALLED AT APPROXIMATELY INBOARD WING STATION 276 AND 285.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/17/1987
Response: Pending completion of the FAA's review of the inspection program for Lockheed L-1011 airplanes, Safety Recommendation A-86-129 has been classified as "Open--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/29/1987
Response: THE FAA IS REVIEWING ITS INSPECTION PROGRAM FOR LOCKHEED L-1011 AIRPLANES TO DETERMINE IF ANY REVISIONS ARE NECESSARY.