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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-90-063
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 23, 1988, 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, 1988, 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 DECOMPRES SION; AND 1 CREWMEMBER, 15 FLIGHT ATTENDANTS, AND 22 PASSENGERS WERE INJURED DURING THE DECOMPRESSION AND EMERGENCY EVACUATION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: DEVELOP, IN COOPERATION WITH THE STATE OF HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, PROCEDURES FOR DIRECT RADIO COMMUNICATION BETWEEN AIRCRAFT RESCUE AND FIREFIGHTING VEHICLES OPERATED BY HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE AND THE STATE OF HAWAII THAT WOULD BE USED WHEN RESPONDING TO AIRPORT EMERGENCIES AT HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
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: 12/12/1990
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: United States Department of Defense (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Defense
Date: 12/12/1990
Response:

From: United States Department of Defense
To: NTSB
Date: 8/17/1990
Response: (SUMMARIZED) DIRECT RADIO COMMUNICATION PROCEDURES ARE ESTABLISHED AND HAVE BEEN EMPHASIZED.