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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-95-044
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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: Require that the FAA record the precipitation levels detected by the ASR-9 radar system, and retain the info for use in the reconstruction of events during incident/accident investigations.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Reconsidered
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 - Reconsidered)
Keyword(s): Weather, Records, RADAR, Thunderstorms/Rain/Snow

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/26/1996
Response: WHILE THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE RECORDING OF THE ASR-9 WEATHER FEATURE WOULD BE A USEFUL TOOL IN INCIDENT/ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION, THE BOARD REALIZES THAT ITS IMPLEMENTATION IS NOT ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE. THEREFORE, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-95-44 "CLOSED--RECONSIDERED"

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/14/1995
Response: THE ASR-9 RADAR WEATHER CHANNEL PROCESSES THE RADAR RETURN TO ARRIVE AT REFLECTIVITY DEPICTED AT THE SIX LEVELS COMMONLY USED TO SHOW SEVERITY OF WEATHER. THIS INFO IS REFLECTIVITY ONLY & DOES NOT DEPICT WIND OR OTHER WEATHER CHARACTERISTICS. REFLECTIVITY INFO IS TRANSMITTED FROM THE RADAR THROUGH THE LOCAL SURVEILLANCE COMMUNICATIONS INTERFACE PROCESSOR & MODEMS THROUGH COMMUNICATIONS CIRCUITS TO THE REMOTE SCIP AT THE RADAR APPROACH CONTROL FACILITY. THE REMOTE SCIP OUTPUT IS AN ANALOGY VIDEO SIGNAL WITH NECESSARY TRIGGER & SYNCHRONIZATION PULSES USABLE TO THE AUTOMATED RADAR TERMINAL SYSTEM CONTROLLER DISPLAY.