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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-93-032
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Synopsis: ON SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 1992, ABOUT 2135 EASTERN STANDARD TIME, A FOKKER 28-4000 (F-28), N485US, OPERATING AS USAIR FLIGHT 405, CRASHED DURING AN ATTEMPTED TAKEOFF FROM RUNWAY 13 AT LAGUARDIA AIRPORT, FLUSHING, NEW YORK. THE AIRPLANE WAS OPERATING UNDER TITLE 14, CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS (CFR), PART 121, AS A SCHEDULED PASSENGER FLIGHT FROM JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, TO CLEVELAND, OHIO, WITH A STOPOVER AT LAGUARDIA AIRPORT. THERE WERE 47 PASSENGERS, 2 FLIGHTCREW MEMBERS AND 2 CABINCREW MEMBERS ON BOARD. THE CAPTAIN, ONE OF THE CABINCREW MEMBERS, AND 25 PASSENGERS RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES. IMPACT FORCES AND THE SUBSEQUENT FIRE DESTROYED THE AIRPLANE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE PORT AUTHORITY: MODIFY OR REPLACE ALL PUMP HOUSES ADJACENT TO RUNWAY 13/31 SO THAT THEY ARE NOT OBSTRUCTIONS TO AIRPLANES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: FLUSHING, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA92MA025
Accident Reports: Takeoff Stall in Icing Conditions USAIR Flight 405, FOKKER F-28, N485US
Report #: AAR-93-02
Accident Date: 3/22/1992
Issue Date: 3/18/1993
Date Closed: 10/29/1996
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
To: NTSB
Date: 10/29/1996
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE PORT AUTORITY HAS COMPLETED ALL PUMP STATION REHABILITATION AT LAGUARDIA AIRPORT. THEREFORE, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-93-32 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
To: NTSB
Date: 7/17/1996
Response: THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY HAS NOW COMPLETED ALL PUMP STATION REHABILITATION AT LAGUARDIA & RESPECTFULLY REQUESTS THAT THIS RECOMMENDATION NOW BE CLOSED.

From: NTSB
To: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Date: 1/24/1996
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE PORT AUTHORITY ANTICIPATES COMPLETION OF THE PUMP STATIONS PROJECT AT LAGUARDIA BY 1/31/96. THEREFORE, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-93-32 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE, "PENDING NOTIFICATION THAT THE PROJECT HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

From: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
To: NTSB
Date: 11/29/1995
Response: THE PNY & NJ ANTICIPATES COMPLETION OF THE LAGUARDIA PUMP HOUSE PROJECT BY 1/31/96, THEREFORE A-91-32 REMAINS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: NTSB
To: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Date: 9/23/1994
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE PORT AUTHORITY HAS COMPLETED PHASE I OF THE UPGRADING OF THE EMERGENCY CONFERENCE LINE TELEPHONE SYSTEM AT LAGUARDIA, & ANTICIPATES COMPLETION OF THE FINAL PHASE 2 ON OR ABOUT 9/1/94. CONCERNING THE SUBMERGING OF THE PUMP STATIONS AT LAGUARDIA, THE PORT AUTHORITY BELIEVES THIS PROJECT CAN BE COMPLETED BY MARCH OF 1995. THE BOARD BELIEVES THE RESPONSE TO ITS RECOMMENDATIONS IS VERY TIMELY, CONSIDERING THE SCOPE OF THE TWO PROJECTS. PENDING COMPLETION OF THE PROJECTS, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES BOTH RECOMMENDATIONS "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
To: NTSB
Date: 8/8/1994
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Date: 1/12/1994
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT WITH RESPECT TO PUMP STATION 3, THE CONTRACT TO SUBMERGE THE PUMPS AS WELL AS TO RELOCATE THE ASSOCIATED ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT IS UNDER WAY AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE SPRING OF 1994. WITH REGARD TO PUMP STATIONS 1 & 2, A REDESIGN OF THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS HAS BEEN NECESSARY, CAUSING A DELAY IN THE AWARDING OF A CONTRACT. THE CONTRACT FOR THIS WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE AWARDED IN DECEMBER 1993, & THE PROJECT COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1994. THE BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE BEING KEPT INFORMED OF THE PROJECT'S PROGRESS. BASED ON THIS INFO, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-93-32 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
To: NTSB
Date: 10/15/1993
Response: WITH RESPECT TO PUMP STATION #3, THE CONTRACT TO SUBMERGE THE PUMPS AS WELL AS RELOCATE THE ASSOCIATED ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, IS NOW IN PROGRESS AND WE EXPECT COMPLETION BY SRING OF 1994. UNFORTUNATELY, SUBMERSIBLE PUMPS FOR STATIONS NO. 1 AND 2 ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE CURRENT ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS. THEREFORE, REDESIGN OF THESE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS WAS NECESSARY BEFORE WE COULD BID AND AWARD A CONTRACT FOR THIS WORK. WE EXPECT TO AWARD THIS CONTRACT IN DECEMBER OF THIS YEAR AND TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT BY THE END OF 1994.

From: NTSB
To: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Date: 7/7/1993
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE PORT AUTHORITY HAS AWARDED ONE CONTRACT TO MODIFY PUMP STATION #3 AND ANTICIPATES A SECOND CONTRACT TO BE AWARDED IN THE SPRING OF 1993 TO MODIFY PUMP STATIONS #1 AND #2. CONSTRUCTION SHOULD BEGIN ON ALL THREE PUMP STATIONS DURING THE SUMMER 1993. THE BOARD WOULD LIKE TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN THE MODIFICATIONS ARE COMPLETED. PENDING NOTIFICATION, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES RECOMMENDATION A-93-32 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
To: NTSB
Date: 5/10/1993
Response: WE HAVE ALREADY AWARDED A CONTRACT TO MODIFY PUMP STATION #3 WHICH WAS DESTROYED DURING THE ACCIDENT. UNDER THIS CONTRACT, THE ACTUAL PUMPS WILL BE SUBMERGED BELOW GRADE AN THE ABOVE GRADE HOUSING WILL BE ELIMINATED. THE ELECTRICAL SWITCH GEAR ASSOCIATED WITH THE OPERATION OF THE PUMPS WILL BE RECESSED INTO THE PERIMETER DIKE SO THAT ITS PROFIE IS ALSO NO LONGER AN OBSTRUCTION. HOWEVER, IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE FIBERGLASS DISCHARGE PIPING TO PASS OVER THE DIKE IN ORDER TO INSURE AN UNINTERRUPTED DRAINAGE OF STORM WATER FROM THE AIRPORT'S AERONAUTICAL AREAS. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE DISCHARGE PIPES WILL FOLLOW, AS CLOSELY AS POSSIBLE, THE CONTOUR OF THE DIKE SO AS TO MINIMIZE THE OBSTRUCTION. WE HAD ALREADY DECIDED TO SIMILARLY MODIFY PUMP STATIONS 1 AND 2, WHICH ARE ALSO ADJACENT TO RUNWAY 13-31. WE ANTICIPATE THAT A SECOND CONTRACT WILL BE AWARDED THIS SPRING AND WE PRESENTLY EXPECT CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON ALL THREE PUMP STATIONS DURING THE SUMMER OF 1993.