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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-88-142
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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: ISSUE AN AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE TO REQUIRE MORE COMPLETE OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS ON THE EXTERIOR SIDE OF THE TAILCONE EXIT HATCH OF DC-9 AIRPLANES. THE INSTRUCTIONS SHOULD INCLUDE BOTH ACTIONS THAT ARE REQUIRED TO UNLOCK AND OPEN THE HATCH: (1) PULL THE RELEASE HANDLE AND (2) PUSH THE HATCH INTO THE CABIN. A PRECAUTIONARY INSTRUCTION ALSO SHOULD BE INCLUDED TO ADVISE RESCUERS THAT INWARD MOVEMENT OF THE HATCH MAY BE BLOCKED BY OCCUPANTS OF THE AFT JUMPSEAT.
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: 8/2/1990
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/2/1990
Response: We note that the FAA issued a final rule (Docket No. 89-NM-204-AD) applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-9-10, -20, and -30 series airplanes to require that more explicit aft pressure bulkhead emergency exit opening instructions be displayed on the aft side of the exit hatch. Safety Recommendation A-88-142 is now classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/14/1990
Response: ON MARCH 14, 1990, THE FAA ISSUED A FINAL RULE (DOCKET NO. 89- NM-204-AD) APPLICABLE TO CERTAIN MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MODEL DC-9-10, -20, AND -30 SERIES AIRPLANES TO REQUIRE THAT MORE EXPLICIT AFT PRESSURE BULKHEAD EMERGENCY EXIT OPENING INSTRUCTION BE DISPLAYED ON THE AFT SIDE OF THE EXIT HATCH.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/30/1989
Response: THE FAA IS EVALUATING THE OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TAILCONE EXIT USED ON THE DC-9-10, -20, AND EARLY -30 AIRPLANES. DURING THE EVALUATION, THE FAA WILL INSPECT A SAMPLE PORTION OF THE AIRPLANES.