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Safety Recommendation A-87-034
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Synopsis: SOUTHERN AIR TRANSPORT'S (SAT) LOGAIR 15 FLIGHT, A LOCKHEED L-382G, WAS CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF FROM KELLY AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS, ON AN INSTRUMENT FLIGHT PLAN TO WARNER ROBBINS AIR FORCE BASE, GEORGIA, AT ABOUT 0405 ON 10/4/86. VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS PREVAILED. THERE WERE THREE FLIGHTCREW MEMBERS ABOARD THE MILITARY CONTRACTED DOMESTIC CARGO FLIGHT OPERATING UNDER 14 CFR PART 121. ALL COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER WERE ROUTINE. RADAR RECORDED THAT THE AIRPLANE REACHED AN ALTITUDE OF ABOUT 700 FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL. WITNESSES REPORTED AN ABNORMALLY STEEP CLIMB ATTITUDE FOLLOWED BY A TURN AND/OR BANK TO THE LEFT, AFTER WHICH THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED TO ROLL TO THE LEFT AND STRUCK THE RAMP AREA AT ABOUT A 90 DEGREE ANGLE TO THE DEPARTURE RUNWAY IN A NEAR INVERTED ALTITUDE BETWEEN TWO HANGARS AND EXPLODED. A SEVERE GROUND FIRE ENSUED. ALL THREE FLIGHTCREW MEMBERS WERE KILLED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: AMEND THE NATIONAL REQUIRED INSPECTION PROGRAM TO REQUIRE A SPECIFIED NUMBER OF EN ROUTE INSPECTIONS FOR EACH TYPE OF AIRCRAFT OPERATED BY AN AIR CARRIER.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: KELLY AFB, TX, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA87AA002
Accident Reports: Southern Air Transport Logair Flight 51, Lockheed L-382G
Report #: AAR-87-04
Accident Date: 10/4/1986
Issue Date: 5/11/1987
Date Closed: 2/17/1988
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 2/17/1988
Response: While the Safety Board appreciates the effort made to modify FAA Order 1800.56, we are concerned that the section regarding en route inspections (Part (c), Paragraph 19, Chapter 3) does not "...require a specified number of en route inspections for each type of aircraft operated by an air carrier." The words used in the modified FAA order, "...should attempt to insure that inspections are evenly disbursed among each type of aircraft..." are neither strong enough nor specific enough to satisfy the intent of Safety Recommendation A-87-34. Based on this unsatisfactory response to the Safety Board's recommendation, we have classified it as "Closed--Unacceptable Action." We will address this issue in future accident investigations as it appears pertinent.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/12/1987
Response: THE FAA HAS AMENDED CHAPTER 3, PARAGRAPH 19, OF FAA ORDER 1800.56 TO EXPAND SPECIAL EMPHASIS INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 10/2/1987
Response: Pending the Board's review of the proposed amendment of FAA Order 1800.56, Safety Recommendation A-87-34 has been classified as "Open--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/12/1987
Response: THE FAA'S NATIONAL PROGRAM GUIDELINES ARE PUBLISHED IN CHAPTER 3 OF FAA ORDER 1800.56 AND PROVIDE A SYSTEMATIC PROCESS TO SCHEDULE A PRIORITY INSPECTION PROGRAM WHICH ENSURES THAT ALL COMPANIES UNDER FAA REGULATIONS RECEIVE A MINIMAL ANNUAL LEVEL OF INSPECTION. PARAGRAPH 18 OF ORDER 1800.56, HOWEVER, CONTAINS SPECIAL EMPHASIS ITEMS TO AID FIELD MANAGERS IN MAKING THESE JUDGMENTS. I WILL, THERE FORE, AMEND PARAGRAPH 18 TO INCLUDE THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION.