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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-88-079
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Synopsis: ON DECEMBER 23, 1987, AT APPROXIMATELY 6:11 A.M. ALASKA STANDARD TIME, SOUTH CENTRAL AIR, INC., FLIGHT 2001, A PIPER PA-31-350 (NAVAJO CHIEFTAN), N496SC, WITH ONE PILOT, SIX PASSENGERS, AND ONE INFANT ON BOARD, CRASHED SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF FROM RUNWAY 01 AT THE KENAI MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, KENAI, ALASKA. FLIGHT 2001 WAS A SINGLE PILOTED, REGULARLY SCHEDULED TITLE 14 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS PART 135 FLIGHT FROM KENAI TO THE ANCHORAGE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ANCHORAGE, ALASKA. THE PILOT, FOUR PASSENGERS, AND THE INFANT WERE FATALLY INJURED. THE TWO REMAINING PASSENGERS RECEIVED SERIOUS INJURIES.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: REQUIRE THAT THE PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS INSPECTORS ASSIGNED TO TITLE 14 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS PART 135 OPERATORS OF RECIPROCATING-ENGINE AIRCRAFT THAT CARRY NINE OR FEWER PASSENGERS VERIFY THAT THE OPERATOR COMPLIES WITH ADVISORY CIRCULAR 120-27A CONCERNING THE USE OF ACTUAL PASSENGER WEIGHT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: KENAI, AK, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA88MA011
Accident Reports: South Central Air, Inc., Flight 2001, Piper pa-31-350, N496SC
Report #: AAR-89-03-SUM
Accident Date: 12/23/1987
Issue Date: 7/28/1988
Date Closed: 6/29/1989
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/29/1989
Response: Safety Recommendations A-88-79 and -80, which address proper weight and balance procedures, are satisfied by the issuance of ACOB 88-7. This ACOB accomplishes both recommended actions by addressing the use of actual passenger weight and by emphasizing the necessity of adhering to planned weight and balance data. Accordingly, the Safety Board has classified Safety Recommendations A-88-79 and -80 as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/15/1989
Response: ON JANUARY 19, 1989, THE FAA ISSUED ACOB NO. 88-7, WEIGHT AND BALANCE, WHICH REQUIRES THAT PRINCIPAL INSPECTORS VERIFY AIR CARRIER COMPLIANCE WITH ADVISORY CIRCULAR 120-27A, "AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE CONTROL," DURING THEIR SURVEILLANCE AND INSPECTION ACTIVITIES. THE ACOB REEMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCURATE WEIGHT AND BALANCE COMPUTATIONS FOR RECIPROCATING-ENGINE AIRPLANCES THAT CARRY NINE OR FEWER PASSENGERS UNDER 14 CFR PART 135 AIR CARRIER OPERATIONS. THE ACOB ALSO REQUIRES THAT PRINCIPAL INSPECTORS VERIFY OPERATOR COMPLIANCE WITH AC 120-27A AS IT RELATES TO ENSURING PASSENGER SEAT ASSIGNMENTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH PALNNED WEIGHT AND BALANCE DATA. I HAVE ENCLOSED A COPY OF THE BULLETIN FOR THE BOARD'S INFORMATION. I CONSIDER THE FAA'S ACTION TO BE COMPLETED ON THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 11/3/1988
Response: The Safety Board understands that the FAA intends to issue one or more Air Carrier Operations Bulletins (ACOB) to require that the principal operations inspectors verify operations as called for in the safety recommendations. The Safety Board commends the FAA for this proposed prompt action. Pending our review of the published ACOB's, Safety Recommendations A-88-78, -79, and -80 will be classified as "Open--Acceptable Action

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/12/1988
Response: THE FAA WILL ISSUE AN ACOB TO REQUIRE THAT PRINCIPAL INSPECTORS VERIFY AIR CARRIER COMPLIANCE WITH ADVISORY CIRCULAR 120-27A, AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE CONTROL, DURING THEIR SURVEILLANCE AND INSPECTION ACTIVITIES. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE ACOB WILL BE ISSUED IN NOVEMBER.