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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-91-039
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Synopsis: ON DECEMBER 3, 1990, AT 1345 EST, NORTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT 299, A BOEING B-727, AND NORTHWEST FLIGHT 1482, A MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-9, COLLIDED NEAR THE INTERSECTION ON RUNWAYS 3/21C AND 9/27 AT DETROIT METROPOLITAN/WAYNE COUNTY AIRPORT, 3C, AND THE DC-9 HAD TAXIED ONTO THAT RUNWAY JUST PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. VISIBILITY AT THE TIME WAS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN 1/4 MILE IN FOG. 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 THE INSPECTION OF ALL AIRPORT LIGHTING PANEL SWITCHES TO ENSURE THAT THEY COMPLY WITH THE FAA SPECIFICATIONS OUTLINED IN AC 150/5345-3D, DATED AUGUST 8, 1989.
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: 5/31/1991
Date Closed: 11/1/1991
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 11/1/1991
Response: The Safety Board notes that the FAA issued Certalert No. 91-03 on July 3, 1991, requiring Airport Certification Program Inspectors to send a copy of the alert to each airport with an air traffic control tower that has lighting panels with rotary switches. This alert meets the intent of Safety Recommendation A-91-39, and the Safety Board classified it as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/18/1991
Response: ON 7/3/91 THE FAA ISSUED A CERTALERT TO ITS AIRPORT SAFETY AND CERTIFICATION INSPECTORS DIRECTING THEM TO SEND A COPY OF THE ALERT TO EACH AIRPORT WITH AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER THAT HAS LIGHTING PANELS WITH ROTARY SWITCHES. THIS ALERT INSTRUCTS AIRPORT MANAGEMENT TO INSPECT THE CONTROLS OF THESE LIGHTING PANELS TO ENSURE THAT THE EQUIPMENT MEETS THE SPECIFICATIONS OF AC 150/5345-3D, SPECIFICATIONS FOR L-821 PANELS FOR REMOTE CONTROL OF AIRPORT LIGHTING.