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Safety Recommendation A-93-162
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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: DIRECT THE OFFICE OF AVIATION SYSTEM STANDARDS TO EVALUATE THE USE OF A FLIGHT DISPATCH PROGRAM TO ASSIST IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FAA FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
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: 1/23/1996
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/23/1996
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE AVN COMPLETED AN EVALUATION OF THE FLIGHT DISPATCH REQUIREMENTS THAT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO MANAGE FAA FLIGHT OPERATIONS. THIS EVALUATION & THE ESTALISHMENT OF THE SYSTEM NOW IN PLACE TO ASSIST IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FAA FLIGHT OPERATIONS ACCOMPLISH THE FULL INTENT OF A-93-162. THEREFORE CLASSIFIES THE "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/10/1995
Response: THE OFFICE OF AVIATION SYSTEM STANDARDS COMPLETED AN EVALUATION OF THE FLIGHT DISPATCH REQUIREMENTS THAT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO MANAGE FAA FLIGHT OPERATIONS. SINCE AVN WAS ISSUED OPERATIONS SPECIFICATIONS UNDER 14 CFR PART 135, THE OPERATIONS SPECIFICATIONS ISSUED BY THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH CERTIFICATE MANAGEMENT OFFICE REQUIRE THAT FLIGHT LOCATING SYSTEM BE OPERATIONAL WHICH MANAGES VARIOUS ASPECTS OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS. THE FLIGHT LOCATING SYSTEM, WHICH MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF 14 CFR 135.79, IS FUNCTIONAL & IS MANAGED BY THE FLIGHT INSPECTION CENTRAL OPERATIONS OFFICE IN OKLAHOMA CITY. THIS SYSTEM WAS FOUND ACCEPTABLE DURING PROVING TESTS CONDUCTED BY THE CMO IN APRIL 1995. THE INITIAL PLAN WAS TO LOCATE THIS FUNCTION AT THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM COMMAND CENTER IN HERNDON, VIRGINIA. WHILE THIS OPTION STILL IS UNDER CONSIDERATION, THE FLIGHT LOCATING SYSTEM WILL BE MANAGED BY THE FICO IN OKLAHOMA CITY FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. AVN WILL CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THE FLIGHT LOCATING SYSTEM BY IMPLEMENTING TAILORED AIRCRAFT DISPATCHING & SCHEDULING SYSTEMS. HOWEVER, I BELIEVE THAT THE EVALUATION OF THE FLIGHT DISPATCH REQUIREMENTS & THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SYSTEM NOW IN PLACE TO ASSIST IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FAA FLIGHT OPERATIONS ACCOMPLISH THE FULL INTENT OF RECOMMENDATION. I CONSIDER THE FAA'S ACTION TO BE COMPLETED ON THIS RECOMMENDATION.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 9/19/1995
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE FAA IS DEVELOPING AN AIRCRAFT TRACKING PROGRAM FOR THE FLIGHT INSPECTION MISSION. PENDING COMPLETION OF THIS EFFORT, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-93-162 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/15/1995
Response: THE FAA'S ESTABLISHMENT OF A CONSOLIDATED SCHEDULING & AIRCRAFT TRACKING OFFICE IS CONTINUING. THIS OFFICE WILL BE LOCATED AT THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM COMMAND CENTER IN HERNDON, VIRGINIA, & IS SCHEULED FOR INITIAL OPERATION DURING THE THIRD QUARTER OF FISCAL YEAR 1995. A FLIGHT INSPECTION SCHEDULING & AIRCRAFT TRACKING PROGRAM IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT IN CONJUCTION WITH DIRECT AIRCRAFT COMMUNICATIONS INTEGRATION INTO THE FLIGHT INSPECTION COMPUTER. FULL OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY WILL BE ACHIEVED WITHIN 6 MONTHS AFTER INITIAL OPERATION.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/31/1994
Response: The FAA agrees with this safety recommendation. Currently, AVN has a centralized scheduling proposal in the draft AVN Future Requirements Study that is under review. The initiative has many features contained in a formal flight dispatch program. Modification of the initiative would be accomplished to bring it more in line with a flight dispatch program comparable to those found in industry. The plan is to make the modifications and conduct a proof of concept for the centralized scheduling initiative beginning in May 1994 for 1 year. I will keep the Board apprised of the FAA's progress on this safety recommendation.