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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-90-058
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 24, 1989, A BOEING 747-122 OPERATED BY UNITED AIRLINES AS FLIGHT 811 DEPARTED LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, AS A SCHEDULED FLIGHT TO SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, WITH EN ROUTE STOPS AT HONOLULU, HAWAII, AND AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND. THE FLIGHT DEPARTED HONOLULU AT 0155 ON FEBRUARY 24, 1989, WITH 3 FLIGHT CREWMEMBERS, 15 CABIN ATTENDANTS, AND 337 PASSENGERS. ABOUT 20 MINUTES INTO THE FLIGHT, AND NEAR 23,000 FEET, A RAPID DECOMPRESSION OCCURRED WHEN THE FORWARD STARBOARD CARGO DOOR SEPARATED FROM PART OF THE CABIN FUSELAGE. THE AIRPLANE RETURNED TO HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LANDING SAFELY ON RUNWAY 8L AT 0234 WHERE AN EMERGENCY EVACUATION WAS CONDUCTED. OF THE 355 OCCUPANTS ON BOARD WHEN THE FLIGHT DEPARTED HONOLULU, 9 WERE LOST DURING THE DECOMPRESSION; AND 1 CREWMEMBER, 15 FLIGHT ATTENDANTS, AND 22 PASSENGERS WERE INJURED DURING THE DECOMPRESSION AND EMERGENCY EVACUATION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: TAKE CORRECTIVE ACTION TO IMPROVE DIRECT VISIBILITY TO PASSENGERS FROM THE UPPER LEVEL FLIGHT ATTENDANT JUMPSEAT IN THE B-747 AIRPLANES USING EYE REFERENCE DATA CONTAINED IN FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION REPORT FAA-AM-75-2 ANTHROPOMETRY OF AIRLINE STEWARDESSES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Reconsidered
Mode: Aviation
Location: HONOLULU, HI, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA89MA027
Accident Reports: Explosive Decompression - Loss of Cargo Door in Flight, United Airlines Flight 811 Boeing 747-122, N4713U
Report #: AAR-92-02
Accident Date: 2/24/1989
Issue Date: 5/4/1990
Date Closed: 11/1/1991
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Reconsidered)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 11/1/1991
Response: The Safety Board has reviewed the FAA's comments, along with the existing 14 CFR 25.785(h)(1) and Advisory Circular 25-785-1, and has concluded that the FAA is correct in its assessment. Therefore, Safety Recommendation A-90-58 is classified as "Closed--Reconsidered."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/13/1991
Response: THE FAA DOES NOT CONCUR WITH THE SAFETY BOARD THAT CORRECTIVE ACTION IS REQUIRED TO IMPROVE THE DIRECT VISIBILITY TO PASSENGERS FROM THE UPPER LEVEL FLIGHT ATTENDANT JUMPSEAT IN BOEING 747 AIRPLANES. THE SUBJECT JUMPSEAT IS AFT-FACING AND THERE ARE NO OBSTRUCTIONS TO THE VIEW OF THE CABIN EXCEPT FOR THE PASSENGERS. BASED ON AN EXAMINATION OF THE CABIN JUMPSEAT ARRANGEMENT, THE FAA HAS DETERMINED THAT THE DESIGN DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN UNSAFE CONDITION.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/24/1991
Response: Safety Recommendation A-90-58 states that the FAA should improve the ability to observe passengers from the upper-level flight attendant jumpseat in B-747 airplanes. The Safety Board notes that the FAA is reviewing this subject. Pending further response, Safety Recommendation A-90-58 is classified "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/26/1990
Response: THE FAA IS REVIEWING THIS REC. & WILL NOTIFY THE BOARD OF ITS COURSE OF ACTION WHEN COMPLETED.