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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-94-110
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Synopsis: ON AUGUST 18, 1993, AT 1656 EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME (EDT), A DOUGLAS DC-8-61 FREIGHTER, N814CK, REGISTERED TO AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS (AIA), IN., D/B/A CONNINE KALITTA SERVICES, INC., AND OPERATING AS AIA FLIGHT 808, COLLIDED WITH LEVEL TERRAIN APPROXIMATELY 1/4 MILE FROM THE APPROACH END OF RUNWAY 10, AFTER THE CAPTAIN LOST CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE WHILE APPROACHING THE LEEWARD POINT AIRFIELD AT THE U.S. NAVAL AIR STATION, GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA. THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT FORCES AND POSTACCIDENT FIRE, AND THE THREE FLIGHT CREWMEMBERS SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES. VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS PREVAILED, AND AN INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES (IFR) FLIGHT PLAN HAD BEEN FILED. THE FLIGHT WAS CONDUCTED UNDER 14 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS (CFR), PART 121, SUPPLEMENTAL AIR CARRIERS, AS AN INTERNATIONAL, NONSCHEDULED, MILITARY CONTRACT FLIGHT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: PROVIDE TO ALL CIVILIAN CONTRACT OPERATORS AND FLIGHTCREW MEMBERS EITHER VERBAL AND/OR WRITTEN AIRFIELD BRIEFING INFORMATION REGARDING NORMAL AND EMERGENCY OPERATIONS AND FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS PERTAINING TO THOSE AIRFIELDS CLASSIFIED AS "SPECIAL AIRPORTS." THE BRIEFING INFORMATION WOULD CONTAIN SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR AIRPLANES WITH HIGH APPROACH SPEEDS AND EMPHASIZE THE EFFECTS OF HIGH BANK ANGLES AND INCREASED LOAD FACTORS, ADVERSE WIND CONDITIONS, AND REQUIRED FLIGHTPATH PROFILES NECESSARY TO PERFORM THE APPROACH. THIS INFORMATION WOULD BE PROVIDED IN ADDITION TO THE REGULARLY PUBLISHED NOTICES TO AIRMEN (NOTAMS).
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: GUANTANAMO BAY, OF, GUANTANAMO BAY
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA93RA060
Accident Reports: Uncontrolled Collision with Terrain American International Airways Flight 808, Douglas DC-8-61, N814CK
Report #: AAR-94-04
Accident Date: 8/18/1993
Issue Date: 5/18/1994
Date Closed: 9/23/1994
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: United States Department of Defense (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: United States Department of Defense
Date: 9/23/1994
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE DOD HAS PROVIDED CONTRACT CIVILIAN CARRIERS WITH INFO PERTINENT TO THE SPECIAL USE AIRPORTS, OR "CERTIFICATION" AIRFIELDS, WHICH INCLUDES AIRFIELD RESTRICTIONS, POTENTIAL HAZARDS, & UNIQUE INFO ABOUT THE PARTICULAR AIRFIELD. THE DOD HAS IMPLEMENTED PROVISIONS IN FUTURE CONTRACT SOLICITATIONS TO REQUIRE THAT ONE OF THE PILOT CREWMEMBERS MUST HAVE BEEN TO THE "CERTIFICATION" AIRFIELD WITHIN THE PAST 30 DAYS. ADDITIONALLY, THE CONTRACT SPECIFICALLY REQUIRES COMMERCIAL AIR CARRIERS TO BRIEF THEIR AIRCREWS ON ALL RESTRICTIONS & HAZARDS AT THE "CERTIFICATION" AIRFIELD BEFORE PERFORMING DOD MISSIONS INTO THOSE LOCATIONS. FURTHERMORE, THE AVAILABILITY OF THE SUMMARY OF AIRFIELD RESTRICTIONS PUBLICATION IS IDENTIFIED IN THE CONTRACT. THE BOARD ALSO RECOGNIZES THE DOD RESTRICTION THAT ALL COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT IN "CATEGORY C" & ABOVE WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED TO LAND ON RUNWAY 28, & THAT A NEW VIDEOTAPE EMPHASIZING THE HAZARDS AT GUANTANAMO BAY WILL BE RELEASED IN THE LATTER PART OF 1994. BASED ON THE DOD RESPONSE, THE BOARD FINDS THAT THE ACTIONS BEING TAKEN MEET THE INTENT OF A-94-110. THUS, THE RECOMMENDATION IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: United States Department of Defense
To: NTSB
Date: 6/23/1994
Response: ALL COMMERCIAL CARRIERS WIDE CONTRACTS ARE NOW RECEIVING AN AIR MOBILITY COMMAND DOCUMENT TITLED: SUMMARY OF AIRFIELD RESTRICTIONS. THIS DOCUMENT SUMMARIZES AIRFIELD RESTRICTIONS AT ALL LOCATIONS ROUTINELY TRANSITED BY AMC AIRCREWS. ALL FUTURE DOD CONTRACT SOLICITATIONS WILL SUPPLEMENT THE FAA AIRCREW TRAINING REQUIREMENTS REQUIRED FOR SPECIAL AIRPORTS, I.E., ONE OF THE PILOT CREW MEMBERS MUST HAVE BEEN TO THAT LOCATION WITHIN THE PAST 30 DAYS.