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Safety Recommendation A-87-114
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Synopsis: ON MARCH 31, 1987, ABOUT 0958 LOCAL TIME, A CESSNA 172 THAT HAD DEPARTED METROPOLITAN OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIR PORT (OAK) COLLIDED WITH A PIPER PA-32 CARGO FLIGHT THAT WAS CLEARED TO LAND AT THE AIRPORT. VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS PREVAILED. THE COLLISON OCCURRED AT AN APPROXIMATE ALTITUDE OF 1,000 FEET MSL, ABOUT 1 MILE NORTH OF THE DEPARTURE END OF RUNWAY 33. THE AIRPLANES WERE DESTROYED, ALL THREE PERSONS ON THE AIRPLANES WERE KILLED, AND ONE PERSON ON THE GROUND WAS INJURED AS A RESULT OF THE COLLISION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: AT AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FACILITIES THAT ARE CLOSED AT REGULAR INTERVALS, SCHEDULE ROUTINE MAINTENANCE ON CRITICAL PIECES OF EQUIPMENT ONLY DURING PERIOD WHEN THE FACILITY USING THAT EQUIPMENT IS CLOSED.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: OAKLAND, CA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA87MA023AB
Accident Reports: North Star Aviation, Inc. PA-32 RT-300, N39614 and Alameda Aero Club Cessna 172, N75584
Report #: AAR-87-09
Accident Date: 3/31/1987
Issue Date: 12/8/1987
Date Closed: 2/28/1989
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 2/28/1989
Response: Thank you for former Administrator McArtor's response to Safety Recommendation A-87- 114. This recommendation stemmed from the Safety Board's investigation of a midair collision on March 31, 1987, between a Cessna 172 and a Piper PA-32 near Oakland, California. Neither the Cessna nor the Piper pilot was given traffic advisories regarding the relative position of the other. The north tower controller's BRITE radar was out of service for routine maintenance at the time of the accident. Recommendation A-87-114 proposed that routine maintenance on critical pieces of equipment be carried out only during the regular intervals when air traffic facilities are closed. We note that the FAA does not agree with this recommendation and believes that its present policy governing the maintenance of equipment better serves to support a safe and efficient air traffic control system. We are not reconciled to the FAA's views and are, therefore, classifying this recommendation as "Closed--Unacceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/10/1989
Response: THE FAA HAS COMPLETED ITS EVALUATION -- AND DOES NOT AGREE THAT ROUTINE MAINTENANCE ON CRITICAL PIECES OF EQUIPMENT SHOULD BE SCHEDULED ONLY DURING PERIODS WHEN THE FACILITY USING THAT EQUIPMENT IS CLOSED IS APPROPRIATE. I BELIEVE THAT THE PRESENT POLICY WHICH GOVERNS THE MAINTENANCE OF EQUIPMENT IN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FACILITIES SUPPORTS A SAFE AND EFFICIENT NATIONAL AIRSPACE SYSTEM. SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES WILL BE CONDUCTED SO AS TO HAVE THE LEAST OPERATIONAL IMPACT ON THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM. HOWEVER, IT IS NECESSARY OF THE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM. I PLAN NO FURTHER ACTION.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 9/29/1988
Response: Thank you for your letter in response to the National Transportation Safety Board's Safety Recommendation A-87-114 regarding the scheduling of routine maintenance at air traffic control facilities. Your letter indicated that the FAA would evaluate the feasibility of performing maintenance during nonoperational hours and that we would be apprised of the results by July 1988. We would appreciated a progress report. This recommendation is classified as "Open--Awaiting Response."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/22/1988
Response: THE FAA IS IN PROCESS OF EVALUATING THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF PERFORMING MAINTENANCE DURING NONOPERATIONAL HOURS. I WILL APPRISE THE SAFETY BOARD OF THE RESULTS OF THE FAA'S EVALUATION BY JULY 1988.