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Safety Recommendation A-87-035
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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: DEVELOP AND ISSUE GUIDELINES TO AIR CARRIER DISTRICT OFFICES TO PROVIDE FOR A MINIMUM LEVEL OF DIRECT SURVEILLANCE OF AIR CARRIER OPERATIONS WHEN THE PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS INSPECTOR IS OCCUPIED WITH OTHER DUTIES FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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: 10/2/1987
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 10/2/1987
Response: The Board has reviewed the memorandum sent to all regional Flight Standards division managers directing that required surveillance be conducted during such times that the Principal Operations Inspector is unavailable. The Board finds that this action complies with the intent of this recommendation and therefore has classified Safety Recommendation A-87-35 as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/12/1987
Response: ON 1/15/87, THE FAA ISSUED A MEMORANDUM TO ALL REGIONAL FLIGHT STANDARDS DIVISION MANAGERS DIRECTING THEM TO PROVIDE A MINIMUM LEVEL OF SURVEILLANCE TO ASSIGNED OPERATORS (COMMUTERS) WHEN THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR IS ABSENT FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. THIS MEMORANDUM WAS WRITTEN TO APPLY TO COMMUTERS, BUT IT ALSO APPLIES TO ALL AIR CARRIER ACTIVITIES IN GENERAL.