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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-93-167
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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 ELEVATE THE FLIGHT SAFETY PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND THE SENIOR FLIGHT SAFETY OFFICER (SFSO) POSITION WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION TO RECEIVE THE LEVEL OF ATTENTION PRESENTED IN THE RESPONSIBILITIES STATED IN THE FLIGHT INSPECTION OPERATIONS MANUAL AND FAA ORDER 4040.9D,I.E., DIRECT COORDINATION BETWEEN THE SFSO AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF AVIATION SYSTEM STANDARDS (AS IDENTIFIED IN THE 1989 SYSTEM SAFETY SURVEY).
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 of the report, Safety Recommendations A-93-167 was classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/31/1994
Response: The FAA completed action on November 28, 1993, to address this safety recommendation. The senior flight safety officer was reassigned to report directly to the Director of Aviation System Standards. This organizational change elevated the flight safety program within AVN so that the program receives full support of senior management in AVN and at all other levels within the FIAO. I consider the FAA's action to be completed on this safety recommendation.