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Safety Recommendation A-91-100
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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 AIRPORT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS TO HAVE CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR RESPONDING TO VERY LARGE FIRES, SUCH AS FUEL TANK FARM FIRES.
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):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/5/2004
Response: The Safety Board notes that CFR Part 139, Section 139.325, "Airport Emergency Plan," now requires that the airport certificate holder provide response instructions for fires at fuel farms or fuel storage areas. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation A-91-100 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/9/2004
Response: Section 139.325 Airport emergency plan now requires that the plan include response instructions for fires at fuel farms or fuel storage areas.

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-91-100 ASKED THE FAA TO REQUIRE AIRPORT CERTIFICATE HOLDERS TO HAVE CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR RESPONDING TO VERY LARGE FIRES, SUCH AS FUEL TANK FARM FIRES. 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: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 2/4/1992
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: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/23/1991
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION AND THEY ARE CONSIDERING A REVISION TO 14 CFR 139 TO SPECIFICALLY INCLUDE FUEL STORAGE FACILITIES IN AIRPORT EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS.