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Safety Recommendation A-91-095
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Synopsis: ABOUT 0915 MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME, ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1990, A FIRE ERUPTED AT A FUEL STORAGE AND DISPENSING FACILITY ABOUT 1.8 MILES FROM THE MAIN TERMINAL OF STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT DENVER, COLORADO. THE FACILITY, REFERRED TO AS A FUEL FARM, WAS OWNED BY UNITED AIRLINES AND CONTINENTAL AIRLINES. UNITED AIRLINES' PORTION OF THE FUEL FARM WAS OPERATED AND MAINTAINED BY AMR COMBS. FROM THE TIME FIREFIGHTING EFFORTS WERE INITIATED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FIRE ERUPTED UNTIL THE FIRE WAS EXTINGUISHED, A TOTAL OF 634 FIREFIGHTERS, 47 FIRE UNITS, AND 4 CONTRACT PERSONNEL EXPENDED 56 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER AND 28,000 GALLONS OF WATER AND 28,000 GALLONS OF FOAM CONCENTRATE. THE FIRE BURNED FOR ABOUT 48 HOURS. OF THE 5,185,000 GALLONS OF FUEL STORED IN TANKS AT THE FARM BEFORE THE FIRE, ABOUT 3 MILLION GALLONS WERE EITHER CONSUMED BY THE FIRE OR LOST AS A RESULT OF LEAKAGE FROM THE TANKS. TOTAL DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED BY UNITED AIRLINES TO HAVE BEEN BETWEEN $15 AND $20 MILLION. NO INJURIES OR FATALITIES OCCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE FIRE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: REQUIRE THE AIRPORT CERTIFICATE HOLDER TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR INSPECTIONS OF ALL FUEL TANK FARMS ON AIRPORT PROPERTY AND TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES, INCLUDING TRAINING OF PERSONNEL, TO PERFORM THOROUGH QUARTERLY INSPECTIONS OF FUEL STORAGE FACILITIES ON AIRPORT PROPERTY.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Denver, CO, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA91FZ001
Accident Reports: Fuel Farm at Stapleton International Airport
Report #: AAR-91-07
Accident Date: 11/25/1990
Issue Date: 10/9/1991
Date Closed: 5/5/2004
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Airport Operations, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/5/2004
Response: The Safety Board notes that CFR Part 139, Section 139.321, "Handling and Storing of Hazardous Substances and Materials," now makes the airport certificate holder responsible for ensuring that all fuel facilities and fueling agents on the airport conform to all safety requirements. Paragraph (d) specifically requires the certificate holder to inspect all physical facilities of fueling agents at least once every 3 months. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation A-91-95 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/9/2004
Response: Section 139.321 Makes the Airport certificate holder responsible for ensuring that all facilities and fueling agents on the airport conform to all requirements. Paragraph (d) specifically requires certificate holder to inspect all physical facilities of fueling agents at least once each 3 months.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/9/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD NOTES THAT ON 6/21/00, THE FAA ISSUED A NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM) TO AMEND 14 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS PART 139 TO ADDRESS THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. THE SAFETY BOARD IS CONCERNED AND DISAPPOINTED THAT IT REQUIRED 8 1/2 YEARS FOR THE FAA TO PUBLISH THIS NPRM. THE BOARD ALSO NOTES THAT PUBLICATION OF THE NPRM, ALTHOUGH A POSITIVE STEP, DOES NOT INDICATE THAT THE RECOMMENDED CHANGES ARE YET REQUIRED. PENDING ISSUANCE OF A FINAL RULE BY 3/1/01, A-91-95 AND -100 ARE CLASSIFIED "OPEN--UNACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/6/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 04/12/2000 3:01:41 PM MC# 2000522 THE FAA IS CONTINUING ITS EFFORTS TO ISSUE A NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM) PROPOSING TO AMEND 14 CFR PART 139 TO ADDRESS THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE NPRM WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER FOR COMMENT IN LATE SPRING 2000. I WILL PROVIDE THE BOARD WITH A COPY OF THE NPRM AS SOON AS IT IS ISSUED.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 12/8/1998
Response: A-91-95 ASKED THE FAA TO REQUIRE THE AIRPORT CERTFICATE HOLDER TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR INSPECTIONS OF ALL FUEL TANK FARMS ON AIRPORT PROPERTY & TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES, INCLUDING TRAINING OF PERSONNEL, TO PERFORM THOROUGH QUARTERLY INSPECTIONS OF FUEL STORAGE FACILITIES ON AIRPORT PROPERTY. PENDING FURTHER RESPONSE, A-91-95 & -100 ARE CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/29/1998
Response: (Letter Mail Controlled 10/2/98 2:29:34 PM MC# 981205) THE FAA PLANS TO ISSUE A NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM) PROPOSING TO AMEND 14 CFR PART 139 TO ADDRESS THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT NPRM WILL BE ISSUED IN LATE SPRING 1999.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/9/1997
Response: THE FAA PLANS TO ISSUE A NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM) PROPOSING TO AMEND 14 CFR PART 139 TO ADDRESS THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT NPRM WILL BE ISSUED IN LATE SPRING 1999.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 2/5/1992
Response: Safety Recommendation A-91-95 asked that the airport certificate holder be responsible for the inspection of all fuel farms on airport property and that sufficient resources be provided to do thorough quarterly inspections. The Safety Board is pleased to note that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes to initiate rulemaking to eliminate 14 CFR Part 139 Section 139.321 (h), which exempted certain fuel storage facilities on airport property from the standards and inspections. The Safety Board agrees that the elimination of this exemption will require the inspection of all fuel storage facilities on airport property and that this annual inspection should detect whether adequate resources have been provided to the quarterly inspection process. Pending issuance of a final rule, Safety Recommendation A-91-95 is being held in an "Open--Acceptable Response" status. We would appreciate receiving a progress report and any documents that may be issued to accomplish this regulatory change.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/23/1991
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION AND IS CONSIDERING THE ISSUANCE OF A NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING TO DELETE PARAGRAPH 139.321 (H) FROM 14 CFR PART 139. THE ELIMINATION OF THIS EXEMPTION PARAGRAPH WILL REQUIRE ALL FUEL FARM AND STORAGE AREAS ON AIRPORT PROPERTY TO MEET THE SAME STANDARDS AND INSPECTIONS OUTLINE IN 14 CFR 139.321.