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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-93-038
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Synopsis: ON JUNE 8, 1992, GP EXPRESS AIRLINES, INC., FLIGHT 861, A BEECHCRAFT MODEL C99, N118GP, CRASHED WHILE MANEUVERING TO LAND AT THE ANNISTON METROPOLITAN AIRPORT, ANNISTON, ALABAMA. THE FLIGHT WAS SCHEDULED PASSENGER FLIGHT FROM THE WILLIAM B. HARTSFIELD ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA, ON AN INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES FLIGHT PLAN TO ANNISTON, ALABAMA. THE CAPTAIN AND TWO PASSENGERS RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES. THE FIRST OFFICE AND TWO PASSENGERS WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED. THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT AND POSTCRASH FIRE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: FOR AIRLINES THAT UTILIZE CONTRACTED FLIGHT AND GROUND TRAINING PROGRAMS, REQUIRE THAT PILOTS HIRED DIRECTLY TO BE CAPTAINS RECEIVE ADDITIONAL FLIGHT INSTRUCTION PERTAINING TO THE OPERATING ENVIRONMENT AND PROCEDURES UNIQUE TO THE AIRLINE FROM AN FAA-APPROVED COMPANY CHECK AIRMAN OR INSTRUCTOR, RATHER THAN ONLY FROM THE CONTRACTOR INSTRUCTOR.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Reconsidered
Mode: Aviation
Location: ANNISTON, AL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: ATL92MA118
Accident Reports: Controlled Collision with Terrain GP Express Airlines, Inc., Flight 861 A Beechcraft C99, N118GP
Report #: AAR-93-03
Accident Date: 6/8/1992
Issue Date: 4/2/1993
Date Closed: 11/19/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Reconsidered)
Keyword(s): Flightcrew, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 11/19/1993
Response: THE BOARD ACKNOWLEDGES THAT 14 CFR PART 135, SUBPART E, "FLIGHT CREWMEMBER REQUIREMENTS" AND 14 CFR 135.244 REQUIRE THAT PILOTS HIRED DIRECTLY TO BE CAPTAINS RECEIVE ADDITIONAL FLIGHT INSTRUCTION PERTAINING TO THE OPERATING ENVIRONMENT AND PROCEDURES UNIQUE TO THE AIRLINE FROM AN FAA APPROVED COMPANY CHECK AIRMAN. THEREFORE, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES RECOMMENDATION A-93-38 "CLOSED RECONSIDERED."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/16/1993
Response: THE FAA AGREES THAT FLIGHT CREWMEMBERS MUST BE FULLY QUALIFIED. THE FAA ENSURES THAT AIRMEN QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS ARE MET THROUGH COMPLIANCE WITH THE FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATIONS. THE SOURCE OF TRAINING, WHETHER OPERATOR OR CONTRACTOR, IS IRRELEVANT. THE PILOT WHO IS HIRED AS A CAPTAIN OR WHO IS UPGRADED MUST MEET THE PILOT-IN COMMAND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS OF 14 CFR PART 135, SUBPART E, FLIGHT CREWMEMBER REQUIREMENTS. SECTION 135.244 REQUIRES EXPERIENCE IN 14 CFR PART 135 OPERATIONS PRIOR TO SERVING AS A PILOT-IN-COMMAND. SECTION 135.244 DIRECTLY ADDRESSES THE CONCERNS FOR RECOMMENDATION A-93-38. I CONSIDER THE FAA'S ACTION TO BE COMPLETED, AND I PLAN NO FURTHER ACTION ON THIS RECOMMENDATION.