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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-95-042
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Synopsis: On 7/2/94, about 1843 eastern daylight time, a Douglas DC-9-31, N954VJ, operated by USAIR, Inc., as flight 1016, collided with trees and a private residence near the Charlotte/ Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, North Carolina, shortly after the flightcrew executed a missed approach from the instrument landing system approach to runway 18R. The captain, first officer, one flight attendant, and one passenger received minor injuries. Two flight attendants and 14 passengers sustained serious injuries. The remaining 37 passengers received fatal injuries. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postcrash fire. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed. Flight 1016 was being conducted under 14 code of federal regulations part 121 as a regularly scheduled passenger flight from Columbia, South Carolina, to Charlotte.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Amend FAA Order 7110.65, chapter 2, section 6, paragraph 2-113, to require radar and tower controllers to display (including on BRITE) the highest levels of precipitation, whether it is vip level 1 or level 6, as depicted by ASR-9 radar, and issue the info to flightcrews.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: CHARLOTTE, NC, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA94MA065
Accident Reports: Flight into Terrain during Missed Approach USAir 1016, DC-9-31, N954VJ
Report #: AAR-95-03
Accident Date: 7/2/1994
Issue Date: 5/16/1995
Date Closed: 7/26/1996
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Air Traffic Control, Procedures, Procedures: Air Traffic Control, RADAR, Thunderstorms/Rain/Snow, Weather

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/26/1996
Response: (FOLLOWUP DATE 2/2/96) THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE FAA AGREED WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION & AMENDED FAA ORDER 7110.65H, CHAPTER 2, SECTION 6. PARAGRAPH 2-6-4. THE ORDER REQUIRES THAT TOWER & RADAR CONTROLLERS DISPLAY THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF PRECIPITATION & ISSUE THE LEVEL OF ECHO INTENSITY DEPICTED BY THE ASR-9 TO FLIGHTCREWS. THEREFORE, THE CLASSIFIES A-95-42 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/14/1995
Response: THE FAA WILL AMEND ORDER 7110.65H, PARAGRAPHS 2-113, TO CLARIFY THE REQUIREMENT TO ISSUE LEVELS OF ECHO INTENSITY WHEN UTILIZING THE AIRPORT SURVEILLANCE RADAR (ASR-9) WITH OPERATING WEATHER INFO. THIS PARAGRAPH WILL ALSO BE AMENDED TO REQUIRE CONTROLLERS TO DISPLAY THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF ECHO INTENSITY AVAILABLE WITHIN THEIR AREA OF JURISDICTION. I WILL PROVIDE THE BOARD WITH A COPY OF THE AMENDED PARAGRAPH AS SOON AS IT IS ISSUED.