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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-89-016
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Synopsis: AT 2125 ON FEBRUARY 19, 1988, AN AVAIR INC. (AVAIR) FAIRCHILD METRO III, N622AV, OPERATING AS AVAIR FLIGHT 3378, CRASHED IN CARY, NORTH CAROLINA, SHORTLY AFTER IT DEPARTED RUNWAY 23R AT RALEIGH-DURHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (RDU), MORRISVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, WITH 2 FLIGHTCREW MEMBERS AND 10 PASSENGERS ON BOARD. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK WATER WITHIN 100 FEET OF THE SHORELINE OF A RESERVOIR, ABOUT 5,100 FEET WEST OF THE MIDPOINT OF RUNWAY 23R. THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED AND ALL 12 PERSONS ON BOARD WERE KILLED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: CONVENE A GOVERNMENT/INDUSTRY GROUP TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELATED TO AIR CARRIER OPERATOR SICK LEAVE POLICIES FOR PILOTS AND TO MAKE APPROPRIATE RECOMMENDATIONS ON SUCH SICK LEAVE POLICIES THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION CAN INCORPORATE INTO AN ADVISORY CIRCULAR FOR AIR CARRIER OPERATORS' GUIDANCE AND USE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: CARY, NC, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA88MA032
Accident Reports: Avair Inc. Flight 3378 Fairchild Metro III, SA227 AC, N622AV
Report #: AAR-88-10
Accident Date: 2/19/1988
Issue Date: 4/14/1989
Date Closed: 8/29/1989
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/29/1989
Response: Safety Recommendation A-89-16 pertains to air carrier sick leave policy. We believe that a review by a government/industry group and the drafting of an advisory circular would focus attention on this topic and its importance in commercial operations. The guaranteed health of the cockpit crew is an issue that should not be influenced by labor/management negotiations. While each airline must establish its own policy, there are basic safety concerns which affect all airlines and which the Safety Board believes can become compromised in the current airline environment. The Safety Board continues to believe that an advisory circular based on input from a government/industry group is warranted in the area of sick leave policy, and it will continue to examine this issue in its future investigations of air carrier accidents. In view of the FAA's stated position, this recommendation is classified as "Closed--Unacceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/26/1989
Response: THE FAA DOES NOT AGREE WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. THE FAA BELIEVES THAT A "GOVERNMENT/INDUSTRY GROUP" WOULD BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE IN REACHING REASONABLE, CONCLUSIVE RESULTS. IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO COMPLY WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION SINCE THE AIRLINES' SICK LEAVE POLICIES ARE A LABOR-MANAGEMENT ISSUE AND MUST BE RESOLVED BY INDUSTRY. THE FAA BELIEVES THAT THE ACTION IT IS PLANNING TO TAKE TO ADDRESS RECOMMENDATION A-89-17 NEGATES THE NEED FOR THIS RECOMMENDATION.