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Safety Recommendation A-88-138
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Synopsis: ON NOVEMBER 15, 1987, CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC., FLIGHT 1713, A MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-9-14, N626TX, WAS OPERATING AS A REGULARLY SCHEDULED, PASSENGER-CARRYING FLIGHT BETWEEN DENVER, COLORADO, AND BOISE, IDAHO. THE AIRPLANE WAS CLEARED TO TAKE OFF FOLLOWING A DELAY OF APPROXIMATELY 27 MINUTES AFTER DEICING. THE TAKEOFF ROLL WAS UNEVENTFUL, BUT FOLLOWING A RAPID ROTATION, THE AIRPLANE CRASHED OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF RUNWAY 35 LEFT. BOTH PILOTS, 1 FLIGHT ATTENDANT, AND 25 PASSENGERS SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES. TWO FLIGHT ATTENDANTS AND 52 PASSENGERS SURVIVED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: AMEND 14 CFR 121.434 TO REQUIRE THAT A SECOND-IN COMMAND PILOT COMPLETE INITIAL OPERATING EXPERIENCE FOR THAT POSITION WHILE ACTUALLY PERFORMING THE DUTIES OF A SECOND IN-COMMAND UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A CHECK PILOT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: DENVER, CO, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA88MA004
Accident Reports: Continental Airlines, Inc., Flight 1713 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-14, N626TX
Report #: AAR-88-09
Accident Date: 11/15/1987
Issue Date: 11/3/1988
Date Closed: 8/1/1995
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/1/1995
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE FAA HAS ISSUED ITS FINAL RULE TO AMEND THE PILOT QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR AIR CARRIER & COMMERCIAL OPERATORS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INTENT OF A-88-137 & A-90-108. IN ADDITION, THE RULE REQUIRES THAT THE SECOND-IN-COMMAND OBTAIN OPERATING EXPERIENCE WHILE PERFORMING THE DUTIES OF A SECOND-IN-COMMAND UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED PILOT CHECK AIRMAN. AS THE ABOVE MEET THE INTENT OF RECOMMENDATIONS A-88-137. A-88-138, & A -90-108, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES THE RECOMMENDATIONS "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/8/1995
Response: ON 4/21/96 THE FAA ISSUED ITS FINAL RULE TO AMEND THE PILOT QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR AIR CARRIER & COMMERCIAL OPERATORS. THIS RULE UPGRADES EXISTING OPERATING EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS. ESTABLISHED MORE RIGOROUS OPERATING EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS, & ADDS REQUIREMENTS THAT WOULD REDUCE THE POTENTIAL FOR AN INEXPERIENCED PILOT-IN-COMMAND PILOT. THIS RULE REQUIRES THAT THE SECOND-IN-COMMAND OBTAIN OPERATING EXPERIENCE WHILE PERFORMING THE DUTIES OF A SECOND--IN-COMMAND UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED PILOT CHECK AIRMAN. THIS RULE ALSO ENSURES THAT PILOTS ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY WITHIN A LIMITED TIME PERIOD TO USE NEWLY DEVELOPED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS IN ACTUAL LINE OPERATIONS. I CONSIDER THE FAA'S ACTION TO BE COMPLETED ON THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, & I PLAN NO FURTHER ACTION.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 11/19/1993
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE FAA ISSUED TO A NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM) DOCKET NO. 27210; NOTICE NO. 93-1. THIS NPRM PROPOSES TO AMEND THE PILOT QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR AIR CARRIER PILOTS BY UPGRADING EXISTING OPERATING EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS, ESTABLISHING A NEW OPERATING EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT, AND ADDING REQUIREMENTS THAT WOULD REDUCE THE POTENTIAL FOR AN INEXPERIENCED PIC TO BE SCHEDULED TO FLY WITH AN INEXPERIENCED SIC PILOT. ADDITIONALLY, THIS NPRM PROPOSES TO REQUIRE THAT THE SIC PILOT OBTAIN OPERATING EXPERIENCE WHILE PERFORMING THE DUTIES OF AN SIC PILOT UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED CHECK AIRMAN. THE BOARD CITED AS INADEQUATE THE CREW PAIRING RESTRICTIONS OF THE PROPOSED RULE, UNDER WHICH A PIC OR AN SIC PILOT COULD NOT BE ASSIGNED TO THE SAME FLIGHTCREW IF EACH HAS FEWER THAN 75 HOURS OF LINE OPERATING FLIGHT TIME, INCLUDING SUPERVISED OPERATING EXPERIENCE, ON THE AIRPLANE TYPE. THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT AN INITIAL PIC AND AN INITIAL SIC PILOT SHOULD NOT BE PAIRED TOGETHER IF EACH HAS FEWER THAN 100 HOURS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE POSITIONS IN THE AIRPLANE IN WHICH THEY HAVE MOST RECENTLY QUALIFIED. HOWEVER, BECAUSE THE PROPOSED RULEMAKING AND OTHER FAA ACTIONS MENTIONED IN THE SUBJECT NPRM ADDRESS THE MAJOR BOARD CONCERNS, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES RECOMMENDATIONS A-88-137 AND -138 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE" PENDING FINAL RULEMAKING.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/2/1993
Response: ON MARCH 11, 1993, THE FAA ISSUED A NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM) DOCKET NO. 27210; NOTICE NO 93-1). THIS NPRM PROPOSES TO AMEND THE PILOT QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR AIR CARRIER PILOTS BY UPGRADING EXISTING OPERATING EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS, ESTABLISHING A NEW KIND OF OPERATING EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT, AND ADDING REQUIREMENTS THAT WOULD REDUCE THE POTENTIAL FOR AN INEXPERIENCED PILOT-IN-COMMAND TO BE SCHEDULED TO FLY WITH AN INEXPERIENCED SECOND-IN COMMAND PILOT. THIS NPRM ALSO PROPOSES TO REQUIRE THAT THE SECOND-IN-COMMAND OBTAIN OPERATING EXPERIENCE WHILE PERFORMING THE DUTIES OF A SECOND-IN-COMMAND UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED PILOT CHECK AIRMAN.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 9/27/1989
Response: Safety Recommendation A-88-138 concerns amending 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121.434 to require that a second-in-command pilot complete initial operating experience for that position while actually performing the duties of a second-in- command under the supervision of a check pilot. The Safety Board is pleased that the FAA is working toward a proposed regulatory change which will address the issues of this safety recommendation. Safety Recommendation A-88-138 will be held as "Open--Acceptable Action" pending further response.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/30/1989
Response: ON JANUARY 30, 1989, THE FAA TOLD THE SAFETY BOARD THAT IT AGREED WITH THE INTENT OF THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION AND WAS CONSIDERING THE ISSUANCE OF A REGULATORY CHANGE. HOWEVER, WHILE THE REGULATORY CHANGE REFERENCED AT THAT TIME WILL AFFECT PILOT TRAINING, IT DOES NOT ADDRESS DIRECTLY THE CONCERN OF THE SECOND-IN-COMMAND INITIAL OPERATING EXPERIENCE. THE FAA AGREES WITH THE INTENT OF THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION, AND IS CONSIDERING THE ISSUANCE OF A REGULATORY CHANGE. THIS PROPOSED CHANGE WOULD: (1) REQUIRE COCKPIT RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TRAINING AND LINE-ORIENTED FLIGHT TRAINING; (2) REQUIRE CERTAIN 14 CFR PART 135 OPERATORS TO COMPLY WITH THE TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS OF 14 CFR PART 121; AND (3) ESTABLISH REQUIREMENTS FOR THE USE OF TRAINING CENTERS. I WILL PROVIDE THE BOARD WITH A COPY OF ANY DOCUMENT THAT MAY BE ISSUED.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/30/1989
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION, AND IS CONSIDERING THE ISSUANCE OF A REGULATORY CHANGE. THIS PROPOSED CHANGE WOULD: (1) REQUIRE COCKPIT RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TRAINING AND LINE-ORIENTED FLIGHT TRAINING; (2) REQUIRE CERTAIN 14 CFR PART 135 OPERATORS TO COMPLY WITH THE TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS OF 14 CFR PART 121; AND (3) ESTABLISH REQUIREMENTS FOR THE USE OF TRAINING CENTERS.