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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-91-064
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Synopsis: ON DECEMBER 3, 1990, AT 1354 EASTERN STANDARD TIME, NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA) FLIGHT 1482, A MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-9, AND NORTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT 299, A BOEING 727 (B-727), COLLIDED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF RUNWAYS 09/27 AND 03C-21C AT DETROIT METROPOLITAN/WAYNE COUNTY AIRPORT (DTW), DETROIT MICHIGAN. THE DC-9 WAS TO BE A REGULARLY SCHEDULED PASSENGER FLIGHT TO PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, AND THE B-727 WAS TO BE A REGULARLY SCHEDULED PASSENGER FLIGHT TO MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. BOTH AIRPLANES WERE OPERATING UNDER FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATIONS (FAR) PART 121 AND INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS PREVAILED AT THE TIME AT DTW. THE B-727 WAS ON ITS TAKEOFF ROLL ON RUNWAY 3C AT THE TIME OF THE COLLISION, AND THE DC-9 HAD TAXIED ONTO THE RUNWAY JUST PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. THE B-727 WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED, AND THE DC-9 WAS DESTROYED DURING THE COLLISION AND SUBSEQUENT FIRE. OF THE 40 PASSENGERS AND 4 CREWMEMBERS ABOARD THE DC-9, 7 PASSENGERS AND 1 FLIGHT ATTENDANT RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES. NONE OF THE 146 PASSENGERS AND 8 CREWMEMBERS ON THE B-727 WERE INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: REQUIRE THAT DURING NATIONAL AVIATION SAFETY INSPECTION PROGRAM (NASIP) INSPECTIONS, THE MAJORITY OF THE TEAM MEMBERS BE FROM DIFFERENT FAA REGIONS THAN FAA PERSONNEL BEING INSPECTED.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Reconsidered
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: 7/23/1991
Date Closed: 3/27/1992
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Reconsidered)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/27/1992
Response: Safety Recommendation A-91-64 asked the FAA to require that, during National Aviation Safety Inspection Program (NASIP) inspections, the majority of the team members be from different FAA regions than FAA personnel being inspected. We note from the FAA's response that Order 8000.68, Flight Standards National Aviation Safety Inspection Program (NASIP), meets the intent of this recommendation and is being implemented. We are, therefore, classifying Safety Recommendation A-91-64 as "Closed--Reconsidered."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/3/1991
Response: THE FAA'S CURRENT PROCEDURES ADDRESS THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION. ORDER 8000.68, FLIGHT STANDARDS NATIONAL AVIATION SAFETY INSPECTION PROGRAM (NASIP), STATES THAN AN INSPECTION TEAM LEADER WILL BE SELECTED FROM A REGION OTHER THAN THAT REGION HOLDING THE CERTIFICATE OF THE AIR CARRIER, AIR OPERATOR, OR AIR AGENCY TO BE INSPECTED. THIS ORDER FURTHER STATES THAT INSPECTION TEAM MEMBERS WILL BE SELECTED FROM REGIONS OTHER THAN THE CERTIFICATE-HOLDING TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PRACTICABLE. IN THE LAST 3 YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN NO INSTANCES WHERE AN INSPECTOR FROM THE CERTIFICATE-HOLDING REGION WAS USED ON A NASIP IN THAT REGION. THE INSPECTION FOLLOWING THE NORTHWEST AIRLINES ACCIDENT WAS NOT A NASIP, BUT RATHER A REGIONAL AVIATION SAFETY INSPECTION PROGRAM (RASIP). THE NASIP DID, HOWEVER, PROVIDE ORGANIZATIONAL AND OVERSIGHT SUPPORT TO THE RASIP.