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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-93-161
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Synopsis: ON OCTOBER 26, 1993, ABOUT 1552, N82 A BEECH SUPER KING AIR 300/F, OWNED BY THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) AND OPERATED BY THE FLIGHT INSPECTION AREA OFFICE (FIAO) AT ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY, WAS DESTROYED DUE TO AN IN-FLIGHT COLLISION WITH TERRAIN NEAR FRONT ROYAL, VIRGINIA. ALL THREE CREWMEMBERS RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES. THE AIRPLANE HAD DEPARTED THE NEARBY WINCHESTER REGIONAL AIRPORT IN VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (VMC). HOWEVER, WITNESSES INDICATED THAT INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (IMC) PREVAILED AT THE ACCIDENT SITE, WHICH WAS ABOUT 15 MILES FROM THE DEPARTURE AIRFIELD. AN INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES (IFR) FLIGHT PLAN TO NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA, WAS ON FILE IN THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (ATC) SYSTEM, BUT THE FLIGHT PLAN HAD NOT YET BEEN ACTIVATED. THE FLIGHT WAS OPERATING UNDER PROVISIONS OF TITLE 14 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS (CFR) PART 91.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: REQUIRE ALL OFFICE OF AVIATION SYSTEM STANDARDS FLIGHT OPERATIONS TO FILE FLIGHT PLANS FOR ALL FLIGHTS AND TO ACTIVATE INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES FLIGHT PLANS BEFORE TAKEOFF TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE. (URGENT)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: FRONT ROYAL, VA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA94GA010
Accident Reports: Controlled Flight into Terain Federal Aviation Administration Beech Super King Air 300/F, N82
Report #: AAR-94-03
Accident Date: 10/26/1993
Issue Date: 11/24/1993
Date Closed: 4/12/1994
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 4/12/1994
Response: On April 12, 1994, the Board adopted the full report on Front Royal. On Page 41, Safety Recommendation A-93-161 was classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/31/1994
Response: The FAA agrees with this safety recommendation. Flight operations manuals, which establish procedures for the Office of Aviation System Standards (AVN) flight operations, require that flight plans be filed for each operation. To underscore this requirement and to comply fully with the intent of this safety recommendation, an urgent change was issued on November 24, 1993, to all flight operations manuals that specified that IFR flight plans be used to the maximum extent possible. Some portions of the flight inspection cannot be performed while on an IFR flight plan because the checks require flights at low altitudes and at different positions around a navigation facility. When an IFR flight plan is not possible for the flight inspection mission, a visual flight plan must be filed and used. The operations manual change also requires the use of air traffic control flight following and, when on the ground, the use of voice communications to secure an IFR clearance before becoming airborne. I have enclosed a copy of the operations manual change for the Board's information. I consider the FAA's action to be completed on this safety recommendation.