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Safety Recommendation A-87-037
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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: RESEARCH IN COOPERATION WITH LOCKHEED PAST LOADING INCIDENTS IN WHICH L-382/C-130 ELEVATORS HAVE BEEN DAMAGED WITH A VIEW TOWARD DEVELOPING POSITIVE CORRECTIVE MEASURES TO ELIMINATE THE PROBLEM.
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 finds that, as both the FAA and Lockheed have reviewed the service history of L-382/C-130 series airplanes in an effort to document incidents of damage to the elevators during cargo loading operations, the intent of this recommendation has been achieved. The Board is pleased to learn that the investigation determined that no reports of elevator damage were reported. Based upon the action taken by the FAA on this issue, Safety Recommendation A-87-37 has been classified as "Closed-- Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/12/1987
Response: NEITHER THE FAA NOR LOCKHEED HAS RECEIVED REPORTS OF DAMAGED ELEVATORS IN THE L-382/C-130 SERIES AIRPLANES.