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Safety Recommendation A-91-103
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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 FACILILTY, 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 AIRPORT OPERATORS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF AIRPORT EXECUTIVES: INFORM YOUR MEMBERS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE FUEL FARM FIRE AT DENVER'S STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON NOVEMBER 25, 1990, AND EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING ADEQUATE RESOURCES FOR THE INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE OF FUEL TANK FARM FACILITIES.
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: 2/23/2004
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Airports Council International (Closed - Acceptable Action)
American Association of Airport Executives (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Association of Airport Executives
Date: 4/25/2001
Response: The National Transportation Safety Board has been reviewing recommendations and has discovered that a recommendation issued to the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) should have been closed because AAAE took the action recommended. An article in the October 15, 1991, issue of Airport Report, the AAAE newsletter, described the incident at Stapleton International Airport and the importance of inspection and maintenance of fuel farm facilities. This article, published less than 1 week after Safety Recommendation A-91-103 was issued, is fully responsive to the recommendation. The Safety Board appreciates AAAE's action and apologizes for the long delay in acknowledging the response. Safety Recommendation A-91-103 is now classified "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: NTSB
To: Airports Council International
Date: 2/23/2004
Response: The Safety Board notes that Mr. Marchi briefed the Technical Affairs and Environmental Affairs Committees during ACI-NA's annual conference in November 2002, that this briefing is available on ACI-NA's Web site, and that it also was distributed via newsletter. Accordingly, Safety Recommendations A-87-115 and A-91-103 are classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: Airports Council International
To: NTSB
Date: 12/2/2003
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 12/10/2003 8:26:19 AM MC# 2030598

From: NTSB
To: Airports Council International
Date: 12/4/2002
Response: The Safety Board is pleased to have established communications on these safety recommendations. We look forward to learning about the results of the ACI-NA committee meetings. Pending Board review of these results and the guidance provided in the quarterly update to committee members, Safety Recommendations A-87-115 and A-91-103 are classified "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: Airports Council International
To: NTSB
Date: 10/23/2002
Response: Patty Hahn gave me the fax regarding the outstanding recommendations for action. I have put discussion of both recommendations on the agenda of the two relevant ACI-NA committees (Technical Affairs and Environmental Affairs) for their meetings being held on November 11, 2002. In addition we will include guidance on the issues raised in the recommendations in our next quarterly update which is distributed to all members of the relevant committees in January. After those actions are completed I will write you a letter describing what we have done to address the recommendations. If you have any additional questions, please contact me directly. Dick Marchi Richard Marchi Sr. Vice President, Technical and Environmental Affairs

From: NTSB
To: Airports Council International
Date: 3/14/2001
Response: On October 21, 1991, ACI-NA informed the Board that it had forwarded the safety recommendation to all member airport representatives. On November 15, 1991, the Board wrote to ACI-NA indicating that, while the Board appreciated ACI-NA’s efforts to distribute the recommendation to its members, ACI-NA had not emphasized the importance of providing adequate resources for the inspection and maintenance of fuel tank farm facilities. The Safety Board noted that when ACI-NA had distributed the recommendation to its members, it had requested comments on the recommendation from its members. On April 21, 1995, the Board asked ACI-NA for an update about any activities taken in response to the recommendation. However, the Safety Board has received no correspondence from ACI-NA on this recommendation since October 21, 1991. The Safety Board would appreciate learning of any current, planned, or completed activities taken in response to either of these recommendations. Copies of the recommendation letters are enclosed for your reference. Please address your reply to Ms. Carol Carmody, Acting Chairman, and refer to Safety Recommendations A-87-115 and A-91-103 in your response.

From: NTSB
To: Airports Council International
Date: 4/4/1995
Response: THE BOARD HAS NOT RECEIVED ANY CORRESPONDENCE CONCERNING THIS ISSUE SINCE 10/21/91. AT THAT TIME, THE ACI/NA HAD FORWARDED THE RECOMMENDATION TO ALL MEMBER AIRPORT REPRESENTATIVES. THE BOARD IS CONCERNED THAT EMPHASIS WAS NOT PLACED ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING ADEQUATE RESOURCES FOR THE INSPECTION & MAINTENANCE OF FUEL TANK FARM FACILITIES & WOULD APPRECIATE BEING INFORMED ABOUT EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN OR ARE BEING MADE TO IMPLEMENT THIS RECOMMENDATION. A COPY OF A-91-103 IS ENCLOSED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE

From: Airports Council International
To: NTSB
Date: 10/21/1991
Response: -