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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-94-175
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Synopsis: ON JANUARY 7, 1994, A JETSTREAM J4101, N304UE, OPERATED BY ATLANTIC COAST AIRLINES AS UNITED EXPRESS FLIGHT 6291, WAS ON A SCHEDULED FLIGHT FROM DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO PORT COLUMBUS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, IN GAHANNA, OHIO. AT 2321 EASTERN STANDARD TIME, WHILE ON AN INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM APPROACH TO RUNWAY 28L, THE AIRPLANE STRUCK A CONCRETE BLOCK BUILDING THAT WAS ABOUT 1.2 MILES EAST OF THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT, CO-PILOT, FLIGHT ATTENDANT, AND TWO PASSENGERS WERE FATALLY INJURED. THE THREE OTHER PASSENGERS, A HUSBAND AND WIFE AND THEIR 5-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES. THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED BY POSTCRASH FIRE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: ENSURE THAT ATLANTIC COAST AIRLINES TRAINS ITS FLIGHTCREWS IN APPROVED HIGH SPEED APPROACH TECHNIQUES, SIMILAR TO THE MANUFACTURER'S AIRPLANE FLIGHT MANUAL. THE PRESENT PROCEDURES SHOW A NORMAL STABILIZED APPROACH PROCEDURE, BUT THE PILOTS TYPICALLY FLY FASTER TO KEEP UP WITH JET TRAFFIC AND THEREFORE DO NOT FOLLOW THEIR OWN PROCEDURES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: COLUMBUS, OH, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA94MA027
Accident Reports: Stall and Loss of Control on Final Approach, Atlantic Coast Airlines, Inc./ United Express Flight 6291 Jetstream 4101, N304UE
Report #: AAR-94-07
Accident Date: 1/7/1994
Issue Date: 10/24/1994
Date Closed: 4/27/1995
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 4/27/1995
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE FAA ISSUED A POLICY LETTER ON 12/20/94, DIRECTING THAT POIS FOR ATLANTIC COAST AIRLINES ENSURE THAT THE OPERATOR TRAINS ITS FLIGHTCREWS IN APPROVED HIGH-SPEED APPROACH TECHNIQUES SIMILAR TO THOSE CONTAINED IN THE MANUFACTURER'S AFM. BASED ON THIS INFO THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-94-175 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/21/1994
Response: (RESPONSE DATED 12/21/94 & 1/3/95) THE FAA AGREES WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION & IS ISSUING A POLICY LETTER DIRECTING THE PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS INSPECTORS FOR ATLANTIC COAST AIRLINES TO ENSURE THAT THE OPERATOR TRAINS ITS FLIGHTCREWS IN APPROVED HIGH SPEED APPROACH TECHNIQUES SIMILAR TO THOSE CONTAINED IN THE MANUFACTURER'S AIRPLANE FLIGHT MANUAL. I WILL PROVIDE THE BOARD WITH A COPY OF THE LETTER AS SOON AS IT IS ISSUED.