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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-90-064
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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: COMPLY WITH FEDERAL REGULATION 14 CFR 139.319(F)(2) AND THE GUIDANCE CONTAINED IN FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION ADVISORY CIRCULAR 150/5220-14 BY USING HIGH VISIBILITY COLOR FOR AIRCRAFT RESCUE AND FIREFIGHTING VEHICLES THAT OPERATE 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: 3/20/1996
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: 3/20/1996
Response: ON 12/5/95, A MEMBER OF BOARD'S STAFF SPOKE WITH MR. MARK LAWLER OF U.S. AIR FORCE, AIRCRAFT RESCUE & FIREFIGHTING UNIT AT HNL, WHO CONFIRMED THAT ALL FIREFIGHTING TRUCKS ARE NOW PAINTED IN THE APPROPRIATE HIGH-VISIBILITY COLOR SCHEME. THEREFORE, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-90-64 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: United States Department of Defense
To: NTSB
Date: 12/5/1995
Response: INVESTIGATION TELPHONES ARFF UNIT WHO CONFIRMED THAT ALL TRUCKS ARE NOW "HIGH VISIBILITY" LIME - YELLOW IN COLOR.

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) STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO PAINT 11 AIR FORCE ARFF VEHICLES THE PREFERRED LIME YELLOW COLOR OVER A THREE YEAR PERIOD. THIS SCHEDULE ASSURES MAXIMUM AIRFIELD SUPPORT, SPREADS OUT THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF AN ESTIMATED $152,000 UNPROGRAMMED REQUIREMENT, AND ALLOWS THE AIR FORCE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNE COST AVOIDANCE BY USING PROGRAMMED DEPOT REBUILD FUNDS TO PAINT TWO OF THE FIRE FIGHTING UNITS.