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Safety Recommendation A-93-165
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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 RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE 1989 SYSTEM SAFETY SURVEY RELATING TO THE SECOND-IN-COMMAND RESPONSIBILITIES AND FLYING PROFICIENCY AND TO ESTABLISH DUTIES AS APPROPRIATE.
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 ON 2/5/95, ALL PROCEDURES DEVELOPMENT DUTIES WERE REMOVED FROM THE SIC POSITION DESCRIPTION, & SIC DUTIES ARE RESTRICTED TO FLYING RESPONSIBILITIES. THEREFORE, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-93-165 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/10/1995
Response: ON 2/5/95, ALL PROCEDURES DEVELOPMENT DUTIES WERE REMOVED FROM THE SECOND-IN COMMAND POSITION DESCRIPTION, & SIC DUTIES ARE RESTRICTED TO FLYING RESPONSIBILITIES. 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 REALIGNING THE DUTIES OF THE AVN IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE 1989 SYSTEM SAFETY SURVEY. THEREFORE, PENDING COMPLETION OF THIS EFFORT, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-93-165 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/15/1995
Response: ALL PROCEDURES DEVELOPMENT DUTIES HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE SECOND-IN-COMMAND POSITION DESCRIPTION, & SIC DUTIES NOW FOCUS ON FLYING RESPONSIBILITIES. A PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH A NEW NATIONAL FLIGHT PROCEDURES OFFICE IN OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, HAS BEEN APPROVED, & A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PROFESSIONAL AIRWAYS SYSTEMS SPECIALIST AND THE FAA WAS SIGNED ON 10/17/94. THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN PASS & THE FAA GOVERNS THE TRANSFER OF PROCEDURES & FUNCTIONS TO THE NEW OFFICE. THE TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY & WILL BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER 1997. I WILL KEEP THE BOARD APPRISED OF THE FAA'S PROGRESS ON THIS RECOMMENDATION.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/31/1994
Response: The FAA agrees with this safety recommendation. This proposal is included in the draft AVN Future Requirements Study that is under review. Under the proposal, the procedures development duties would be removed from the second-in-command (SIC) position description and SIC duties would focus on flying responsibilities. Procedures development would be centralized. I will keep the Board apprised of the FAA's progress on this safety recommendation.