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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-93-011
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Synopsis: ON APRIL 22, 1992, ABOUT 1553 HAWAIIAN STANDARD TIME, SCENIC AIR TOURS (SAT) FLIGHT 22, A BEECH MODEL E18S (BE-18), N342E, COLLIDED WITH MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN ON THE ISLAND OF MAUI, HAWAII, WHILE ON AN AIR TOUR FLIGHT FROM HILO, HAWAII, TO HONOLULU, HAWAII. THE FLIGHT WAS CONDUCTED AS AN ON-DEMAND AIR TAXI OPERATION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF TITLE 14 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS (CFR) PART 135 AND UNDER VISUAL FLIGHT RULES (VFR). AS A RESULT OF THE ACCIDENT, THE PILOT AND EIGHT PASSENGERS ON BOARD SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES. THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT FORCES AND A POSTCRASH FIRE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: ENSURE THAT THE REGULATORY BASIS AND SURVEILLANCE RESOURCES ARE IN PLACE TO OVERSEE THE OPERATIONS, EQUIPMENT, AIRMEN, AND AIRSPACE ASSOCIATED WITH ANY SELECTIVE ATTENTION DIRECTED TOWARD COMMERICAL AIR TOUR OPERATIONS. (Supersedes Safety Recommendations A-87-091 and A-87-093)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: MOUNT HALEAKALA, HI, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: LAX92MA184
Accident Reports: Tomy International, Inc. d/b/a Scenic Air Tours Flight 22, Beech Model E18S, N342E In-Flight Collision with Terrain
Report #: AAR-93-01
Accident Date: 4/22/1992
Issue Date: 2/19/1993
Date Closed: 2/22/1994
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Air Tours

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 2/22/1994
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE FAA AGREES WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION AND IS CONSIDERING RULEMAKING ACTION TO BRING 14 CFR PART 91 COMMERCIAL SIGHTSEEING OPERATIONS UNDER 14 CFR PART 135. CURRENTLY, 14 CFR PART 135 RULES PROVIDE OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY OF MOST AVIATION SIGHTSEEING ACTIVITIES. THE POLICY SET FORTH IN FAA ORDER 8400-10, "AIR TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS INSPECTOR'S HANDBOOK," AND OTHER DOCUMENTS PROVIDE FIELD OFFICE PERSONNEL WITH GUIDANCE AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON DEALING WITH SIGHTSEEING OPERATIONS. ADDITIONALLY, THE FAA HAS ESTABLISHED A SPECIAL GRAND CANYON GEOGRAPHIC UNIT LOCATED AT THE LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, FLIGHT STANDARDS DISTRICT OFFICE (FSDO) AND A SPECIAL TEAM LOCATED AT THE HONOLULU, HAWAII, FSDO TO DEAL WITH OVERSIGHT OF SIGHTSEEING ACTIVITIES IN THEIR RESPECTIVE AREAS. BASED ON THIS INFORMATION, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES RECOMMENDATION A-93-11 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION" AND REQUESTS THAT THE FAA KEEP THE BOARD INFORMED OF ANY FUTURE ACTION TAKEN CONCERNING THIS ISSUE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/29/1993
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH RECOMMENDATION AND IS CONSIDERING RULEMAKING ACTION TO BRING 14 CFR PART 91 COMMERCIAL SIGHTSEEING OPERATIONS UNDER 14 CFR PART 135. EXISTING 14 CFR PART 135 RULES PROVIDE OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY OF MOST AVIATION SIGHTSEEING ACTIVITIES AND ADDITIONAL POLICY SET FORTH IN FAA ORDER 8400.10, AIR TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS INSPECTOR'S HANDBOOK, AND OTHER DOCUMENTS PROVIDE FIELD OFFICE PERSONNEL WITH GUIDANCE AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON DEALING WITH SIGHTSEEING OPERATIONS. I WILL PROVIDE THE BOARD WITH A COPY OF ANY DOCUMENT THAT MAY BE ISSUED. THE FAA HAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO DEDICATE RESOURCES TO THIS SAFETY ISSUE. THE FAA HAS DEDICATED RESOURCES TO THE OVERSIGHT OF SIGHTSEEING ACTIVITIES IN THE WESTERN-PACIFIC REGION WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SPECIAL GRAND CANYON GEOGRAPHIC UNIT LOCATED AT THE LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, FLIGHT STANDARDS DISTRICT OFFICE (FSDO) AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SPECIAL TEAM LOCATED AT THE HONOLULU, HAWAII, FSDO TO DEAL WITH SIGHTSEEING OPERATIONS IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLAND, THE FAA'S FLIGHT STANDARDS SERVICES AND THE EASTERN REGION FLIGHT STANDARD DIVISION PROVIDED ASSISTANCE TO THE CANADIAN MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT IN A SPECIAL RULEMAKING PROJECT CONCERNING HELICOPTER AIR TOUR ROUTES AT NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA. THE FAA HELD A PUBLIC MEETING IN NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK, IN ADVANCE OF SIMILAR RULEMAKING CONCERNING THE NIAGARA FALLS SCENIC AREA IN THE UNITED STATES.