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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-91-008
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Synopsis: ON DECEMBER 3, 1990, AT 1354 EST, NORTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT 299, A BOEING B-727, AND NORTHWEST FLIGHT 1482, A MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-9, COLLIDED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF RUNWAY 03C/ 21C AND 09/27 AT DETROIT METROPOLITAN/ WAYNE COUNTY AIRPORT, ROMULUS, MICHIGAN. THE B-727 WAS TAKING OFF FROM RUNWAY 03C, AND THE DC-9 HAD TAXIED ONTO THAT RUNWAY JUST PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. VISIBILITY WAS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN 1/4 MILE IN FOG AT THE TIME. ONE FLIGHT ATTENDANT AND SEVEN PASSENGERS ONBOARD THE DC-9 WERE KILLED; THERE WERE NO INJURIES TO THE PERSONS ONBOARD THE B-727.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: REQUIRE OPERATORS OF DC-9 AND MD-80 AIRPLANES TO INCORPORATE IN THEIR MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES A PERIODIC INSPECTION OF THE TAILCONE ASSEMBLIES AND RELEASE HANDLES PER RECOMMENDATION A-91-3 ABOVE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: ROMULUS, MI, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA91MA010AB
Accident Reports: NW Airlines, Inc., Flights 1482 and 299 Runway Incursion and Collision
Report #: AAR-91-05
Accident Date: 12/3/1990
Issue Date: 1/8/1991
Date Closed: 8/2/1991
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/2/1991
Response: The Safety Board notes that the fleet-wide inspection directed by Notice 8300.86 requires that specific maintenance procedures and inspection intervals be included in the maintenance program for all operators of DC-9 aircraft, which includes the MD-80 aircraft. The Safety Board also notes that the FAA has distributed two tele- messages to the field concerning Notice 8300.86 and periodic inspection of the tailcone assemblies and release handles. Based on the above actions, Safety Recommendation A-91-8 is classified as "Closed Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/18/1991
Response: THE FLEET-WIDE INSPECTION DIRECTED BY NOTICE 8300.86 IN VOLVED ENSURING THAT SPECIFIC MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES AND INSPECTION INTERVALS WERE INCLUDED IN THE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM FOR ALL OPERATORS OF DC-9 AIRCRAFT, WHICH INCLUDES THE MD-80 AIRCRAFT. THE FLEET-WIDE INSPECTION OF THE 912 DC-9 AIRCRAFT REVEALED THAT ALL OPERATORS ARE ADHERING TO THE MANUFACTURER'S MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION PROCEDURES AND THAT THE MAINTENANCE MANUALS AND INSPECTION PROGRAMS PROPER LY ADDRESS THE AREAS OF EMPHASIS OUTLINED IN NOTICE 8300.86 AND THE TELE-MESSAGES.