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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-88-101
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Synopsis: ON MARCH 4, 1987, FISCHER BROS. AVIATION, INC., DOING BUSINESS AS NORTHWEST AIRLINK, FLIGHT 2268, A CONSTRUCCIONES AERONAUTICAS, S.A. (CASA) C-212-CC, N160FB, CRASHED JUST INSIDE THE THRESHOLD OF RUNWAY 21R AT THE DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY AIRPORT IN ROMULUS, MICHIGAN. NINE OF THE 19 PERSONS ON BOARD WERE KILLED. THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT FORCES AND POSTCRASH FIRE. ON MAY 8, 1987, EXECUTIVE AIR CHARTER, INC., DOING BUSINESS AS AMERICAN EAGLE, FLIGHT 5452, A CASA C-212-CC, CRASHED SHORT OF RUNWAY 9 WHILE ON A VISUAL APPROACH TO THE AIRPORT AT MAYAGUEZ, PUERTO RICO, IN VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS. BOTH CREWMEMBERS WERE KILLED AND THE FOUR PASSENGERS SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES. THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT FORCES AND POSTCRASH FIRE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: AMEND TITLE 14 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS 23.207 AND 25.207 TO REQUIRE A STALL WARNING DEVICE AND ELIMINATE THE USE OF "INHERENT AERODYNAMIC QUALITIES" (AERODYNAMIC BUFFETING) AS A STALL WARNING.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: ROMULUS, MI, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA87MA022
Accident Reports: Fischer Bros. Aviation, Inc. dba NW Airlink, Flight 2268 Construcciones Aeronautics, S.A. (CASA) C-212-CC, N160FB
Report #: AAR-88-08
Accident Date: 3/4/1987
Issue Date: 10/17/1988
Date Closed: 1/9/1990
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/9/1990
Response: Safety Recommendation A-88-101 pertains to a requirement for a stall warning device, eliminating the sole use of "inherent aerodynamic qualities" (aerodynamic buffeting) as a stall warning. The FAA's response states that the FAA does not intend to implement this safety recommendation, although other actions are cited. As stated in the letter which contained this safety recommendation, the Safety Board does not deny that aerodynamic buffeting provides a stall warning; only that the warning may be masked. The Safety Board believes that the FAA denial of the need for this safety recommendation is unfounded. Safety Recommendation A-88-101 has been classified as "Closed--Unacceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/15/1989
Response: THE FAA DISAGREES WITH THE NEED FOR THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION. THEY FOUND THE C-212 TO NEED A STALL WARNING DEVICE AND ISSUED AN AD, AND PLAN TO AMEND THE ALLOWABLE AMOUNT OF WARNING BEFORE STALL.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/19/1989
Response: Safety Recommendations A-88-101, -102, and -105 concern recommended regulatory changes addressing stall warnings and improper propeller use. Each of these safety recommendations is classified as "Open--Acceptable Action" pending completion of the evaluations and reviews discussed in the FAA response.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/12/1989
Response: THE FAA IS EVALUATING THE HISTORICAL ACCIDENT INFORMATION FOR BOTH TRANSPORT CATEGORY AIRPLANES AND SMALL AIRPLANES TO DETERMINE WHAT, IF ANY, REGULATORY CHANGES MAY BE NECESSARY. AS SOON AS THE EVALUATION IS COMPLETED, I WILL APPRISE THE BOARD OF THE FAA'S PLANNED ACTION TO ADDRESS THIS RECOMMEN DATION.