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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-87-108
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Synopsis: ON OCTOBER 25, 1986, PIEDMONT AIRLINES FLIGHT 467, A BOEING 737-222, N752N, WAS A REGULARLY SCHEDULED FLIGHT OPERATING UNDER 14 CFR 121 FROM NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA, WITH AN EN ROUTE STOP AT CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA. THERE WERE 114 PASSENGERS AND 5 CREWMEMBERS ON BOARD. THE FLIGHT WAS ROUTINE UNTIL ITS ARRIVAL INTO THE CHARLOTTE AREA, WHERE INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS PREVAILED. AT 2004:17, THE FLIGHT WAS CLEARED FOR THE INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM APPROACH (ILS) TO RUNWAY 36R. THE AIRPLANE TOUCHED DOWN AT 2007:19 AND ABOUT 2007:43 IT DEPARTED THE RUNWAY. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK THE LOCALIZER ANTENNA ARRAY LOCATED ABOUT 300 FEET FROM THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RUNWAY, STRUCK A CONCRETE CULVERT LOCATED 18 FEET BEYOND THE LOCALIZER, AND CONTINUED THROUGH A CHAIN LINK FENCE. IT CAME TO REST UPON THE EDGE OF RAILROAD TRACKS LOCATED 440 FEET FROM THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RUNWAY. THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED, 3 PASSENGERS SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES, AND 3 CREWMEMBERS AND 28 PASSENGERS SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES IN THE ACCIDENT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: ISSUE AN OPERATIONS BULLETIN TO PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS INSPECTORS OF AIR CARRIERS OPERATING AIRCRAFT WITH FLIGHT ATTENDANTS INFORMING THEM OF THE NEED TO CEASE PROVIDING ALCOHOL TO PASSENGERS WHO ARE IN, OR APPEAR THAT THEY ARE ABOUT TO BE IN, AN INTOXICATED STATE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: CHARLOTTE, NC, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA87AA006
Accident Reports: Piedmont Airlines Flight 467 Boeing 737-222, N752N
Report #: AAR-87-08
Accident Date: 10/25/1986
Issue Date: 10/16/1987
Date Closed: 6/28/1988
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/28/1988
Response: The Safety Board is aware of the existing 14 CFR 121 and 135 operational regulations regarding serving alcohol to passengers. This was the reason that this recommendation was directed to the FAA Principal Operations Inspectors in order to reinforce the importance of these regulations based on actual accident data. As we appear to be at an impasse on this issue, we have classified Safety Recommendation A-87-108 as "Closed--Unacceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/23/1987
Response: THE FAA DOES NOT CONCUR IN THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION. CURRENT 14 CFR 121.575 AND 14 135.121 STATE, IN PART, THAT NO CERTIFICATE HOLDER MAY SERVE ANY ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE TO ANY PERSON ABOARD ANY OF ITS AIRCRAFT WHO APPEARS TO BE INTOXICATED. IN ADDITION, CURRENT 14 CFR 121.133, 121.135, 121.137, AND 135.21 REQUIRE, IN PART, THAT EACH CERTIFICATE HOLDER PREPARE AND KEEP CURRENT A MANUAL FOR THE USE AND GUIDANCE OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS PERSONNEL IN CONDUCTING ITS OPERATIONS; EACH MANUAL MUST INCLUDE INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION NECESSARY TO ALLOW CREWMEMBERS TO PERFORM THEIR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES WITH A HIGH DEGREE OF SAFETY; EACH MANUAL MUST NOT BE CONTRARY TO ANY APPLICABLE FEDERAL REGULATIONS; AND THE MANUAL MUST CONTAIN REFERENCES TO APPROPRIATE FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATIONS.