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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-88-104
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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: REQUIRE THE PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS INSPECTORS FOR OPERATORS OF TURBOPROPELLER AIRPLANES TO REVIEW CAREFULLY FLIGHTCREW TRAINING PROGRAMS TO VERIFY THAT APPROPRIATE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED BY THE OPERATORS ON THE PROPER USE OF PROPELLER PITCH CONTROLS TO PREVENT INADVERTENT OPERATION IN THE BETA MODE IN FLIGHT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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: 7/27/1989
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Flightcrew, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/27/1989
Response: Safety Recommendation A-88-104, which asked the FAA to have principal operations inspectors review flightcrew training programs to verify that appropriate information is provided by the operators on the proper use of propeller pitch controls, has been satisfied by ACOB 89-1, "Inadvertent Operation in Beta Mode/Turbopropeller Airplanes." Based on this ACOB, we have classified Safety Recommendation A-88-104 as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/19/1989
Response: The Safety Board notes that the FAA plans to issue an Air Carrier Operations Bulletin (ACOB) regarding flightcrew training programs of turbopropeller airplane operators. Safety Recommendation A-88-104 is classified as "Open--Acceptable Action" pending receipt of the ACOB.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/19/1989
Response: THE FAA ISSUED ACOB NO. 89-1, INADVERTENT OPERATION IN BETA MODE/TURBOPROPELLER AIRPLANES, TO ADDRESS THESE SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS. THIS ACOB REEMPHASIZES THE PROPER USE OF PROPELLER PITCH CONTROLS AND REQUESTS THAT PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS INSPECTORS REVIEW FLIGHT CONTROL TRAINING PROGRAMS OF TURBOPROPELLER AIRPLANE OPERATORS TO ENSURE THAT APPROPRIATE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED TO PREVENT INADVERTENT OPERATION IN THE BETA MODE IN FLIGHT.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/12/1989
Response: THE FAA WILL ISSUE AN ACOB TO ALL PRINCIPLE OPERATIONS INSPECTORS TO REQUEST THAT THEY REVIEW FLIGHTCREW TRAINING PROGRAMS OF TURBOPROPELLER AIRPLANE OPERATORS TO ENSURE THAT APPROPRIATE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED TO PREVENT INADVERTENT OPERATION IN THE BETA MODE IN FLIGHT. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE ACOB WILL BE ISSUED IN FEBRUARY 1989. I WILL PROVIDE THE BOARD WITH A COPY OF THE ACOB AS SOON AS IT IS ISSUED.