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Safety Recommendation A-87-026
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Synopsis: THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD IS INVESTIGATING THE COLLISION BETWEEN A PIPER APACHE AND A PAN AMERICAN B-727 THAT OCCURRED ON THE PARALLEL TAXIWAY TO RUNWAY 36L AT TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN TAMPA, FLORIDA, ON NOVEMBER 6, 1986. THE PIPER APACHE WAS CLEARED FOR A SECOND INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM (ILS) APPROACH TO RUNWAY 36L AFTER THE FIRST ATTEMPT RESULTED IN A MISSED APPROACH. THE WEATHER WAS INDEFINITE CEILING, SKY OBSCURED, AND VISIBILITY 1/16 MILE IN FOG. FOLLOWING ITS SECOND APPROACH, THE PIPER APACHE LANDED ON TAXIWAY "W" ADJACENT TO RUNWAY 36L AND COLLIDED WITH THE PAN AMERICAN B-727, WHICH WAS TAXING SOUTH ON TAXIWAY "W." THE NUMBER 1 ENGINE OF THE PIPER APACHE WAS EMBEDDED IN THE NOSE OF THE B-727 JUST BELOW THE RADOME. THE PIPER APACHE SKIDDED ALONG THE LEFT SIDE OF THE B-727 BURST INTO FLAMES, PASSED UNDER THE LEFT WING OF THE B-727, AND CONTINUED TO BURN AS IT CAME TO REST APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET BEHIND THE B-727. THE B-727 CREW SAW THE PIPER APACHE APPROXIMATELY 2.4 SECONDS BEFORE IMPACT AND THE CAPTAIN APPLIED THE BRAKES AND TURNED TO THE RIGHT. THE B-727 WENT OFF THE TAXIWAY AND STOPPED ON THE GRASS BETWEEN THE TAXIWAY AND RUNWAY 36L. THE B-727 WAS EVACUATED AND TWO PASSENGERS AND ONE FLIGHT ATTENDANT RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES. THE PILOT AND ONLY OCCUPANT OF THE PIPER APACHE WAS FATALLY INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: ALERT THE FAA PRINCIPAL MAINTENANCE INSPECTORS OF OPERATORS WITH AIRPLANES THAT HAVE DOOR-MOUNTED EVACUATION SLIDE CONTAINERS TO VERIFY THAT ANY MODIFIED SLIDE CONTAINERS OPEN FREELY AND WITHOUT RESISTANCE OR INTERFER ENCE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: TAMPA, FL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA87MA010AB
Accident Reports: Piper PA-23-150, N2185P and Pan American World Airways Boeing 727-235, N4743
Report #: AAR-87-06
Accident Date: 11/6/1986
Issue Date: 5/19/1987
Date Closed: 4/12/1988
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 4/12/1988
Response: The Safety Board has reviewed the FAA's Notice 8300.26, Emergency Evacuation Slide Container Modication. We are pleased to note that principal maintenance inspectors, with surveillance responsibilities for carriers utilizing aircraft equipped with door-mounted emergency evacuation systems, are directed to verify that modified slide containers perform their intended function, and that any modified container not operating properly is to be removed and returned to service only after discrepancies have been corrected. Safety Recommendation A-87-26 is now classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action." We appreciate the action taken.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/3/1987
Response: Pending the Board's review of the proposed action notice directing the verification that modified slide containers perform their intended function, Safety Recommendation A-87-26 has been classified as "Open--Acceptable Action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/31/1987
Response: ON JULY 9, 1987, THE FAA ISSUED ACTION NOTICE 8300.26, EMERGENCY EVACUATION SLIDE CONTAINER MODIFICATION, DIRECTING ALL PRINCIPAL MAINTENANCE INSPECTORS WITH SURVEILLANCE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR CARRIERS UTILIZING AIRCRAFT EQUIPPED WITH DOOR-MOUNTED EMERGENCY EVACUATION SYSTEMS TO VERIFY THAT MODIFIED SLIDE CONTAINERS OPEN FREELY WITHOUT RESISTANCE OR INTERFERENCE. THE ACTION NOTICE STATES THAT ANY MODIFIED CONTAINER WHICH DOES NOT OPERATE PROPERLY SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE AIRCRAFT AND DISCREPANCIES CORRECTED PRIOR TO APPROVAL FOR RETURN TO SERVICE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/30/1987
Response: THE FAA HAS PREPARED AN ACTION NOTICE DIRECTING ALL PRINCIPAL MAINTENANCE INSPECTORS WITH SURVEILLANCE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR CARRIERS UTILIZING AIRCRAFT EQUIPPED WITH DOOR MOUNTED EMERGENCY EVACUATION SYSTEMS TO VERIFY THAT MODIFIED SLIDE CONTAINERS PERFORM THEIR INTENDED FUNCTION.