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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-89-017
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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: AMEND 14 CFR PARTS 121 AND 135 TO PRECLUDE AIR CARRIER OPERATORS FROM USING A PILOT AS A REQUIRED PILOT FLIGHT CREWMEMBER WHILE THE PILOT HAS A KNOWN MEDICAL DEFICIENCY, OR INCREASE IN A KNOWN MEDICAL DEFICIENCY, THAT WOULD MAKE THE PILOT UNABLE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF HIS OR HER MEDICAL CERTIFICATE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate 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: 10/17/1991
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 10/17/1991
Response: The Safety Board notes that the FAA believes that the current requirements of 14 CFR 61.53 and 61.19 meet the intent of this safety recommendation and that rulemaking action is unnecessary. The Safety Board also notes that on April 15, 1991, the FAA issued Handbook Bulletin 91-12, Use of Flight Crewmembers During a Known Medical Deficiency, and that this bulletin has been included in change 6 to the Air Transportation Operations Inspector's Handbook 8400.10. We are pleased to see that the FAA has requested that POIs encourage meetings between air carrier management and flightcrew representatives to resolve any problems concerning sick leave policies and procedures. The Safety Board will continue to closely monitor this issue during future investigations. In the meantime, based on the above information, the Safety Board classifies Safety Recommendation A-89-17 as "Closed--Acceptable Alternate Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/30/1991
Response: THE FAA BELIEVES THE CURRENT REQUIREMENTS OF 14 CFR 61.53 & 61.19 PRECLUDE A REQUIRED PILOT FLIGHT CREWMEMBER FROM FLIGHT DUTY WHILE HE/SHE HAS A KNOWN MEDICAL DEFICIENCY OR INCREASE OF A KNOWN MEDICAL DEFICIENCY. ON 4/15/91 THE FAA ISSUED HANDBOOK BULLETIN 91-12, USE OF FLIGHT CREWMEMBERS DURING A KNOWN MEDICAL DEFICIENCY, AS AN ALTERNATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS REC.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/29/1989
Response: Safety Recommendation A-89-17 pertains to the medical fitness of a flightcrew. We are encouraged that the FAA is considering issuing a proposed rulemaking to address this issue. This recommendation is classified as "Open--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/26/1989
Response: "THE FAA IS CONSIDERING THE ISSUANCE OF A NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING PROPOSING TO AMEND 14 CFR PARTS 121, 125, AND 135 TO SPECIFY AIR CARRIER OPERATORS' RESPONSIBILITY CONCERNING THE MEDICAL FITNESS OF ITS PILOTS..."