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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-93-166
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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: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Direct the Office of Aviation System Standards to implement an appropriate management/supervisor structure to ensure that a method of resolving conflicts, grievances, and incident reporting exists at the appropriate management level in each flight inspection area office. (superseded by Safety Recommendations A-94-87 and A-94-88)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action/Superseded
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: 4/21/1994
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action/Superseded)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 4/21/1994
Response: Letter of Recommendation ("Greensheet") to the FAA with recommendations A-94-084 through A-94-091 classified A-93-166 as "Closed--Acceptable Action/Superseded." A-93-166 was superseded by A-94-87 and -88.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/31/1994
Response: The FAA agrees with this safety recommendation and is changing the organizational structure of the FIAO to establish a more unified management structure. The FIAO management reorganization will be initiated by January 31, 1994. Under the new organizational structure, pilots-in-command and SIC's will be assigned to the same unit with the same supervisor. The new FIAO organizational structure will reflect strong and effective management of the mission and resources of each office. Additionally, the events which preceded the N82 accident and the breakdown in both communication and management effectiveness have been subjects of formal discussions with FIAO managers. The FIAO managers and supervisors are very familiar with the problems which became apparent as a result of the accident investigation and are committed to ensuring that these circumstances will not recur at any FIAO. Finally, management effectiveness will be enhanced through a series of formal professionally-facilitated programs at each FIAO that will focus on interpersonal relations and conflict resolution. I consider the FAA's action to be completed on this safety recommendation.