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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-95-045
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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: Develop and disseminate guidance and definitive standards to FAA inspectors to ensure a clearly identified system of checks and balances for FAA programs, such as "compliance through partnership," and provide the necessary training to ensure the understanding of such programs.
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: 7/31/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Oversight, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/31/1997
Response: A-95-45 ASKED THE FAA TO DEVELOP & DISSEMINATE GUIDANCE & DEFINITIVE STANDARDS TO FAA INSPECTORS TO ENSURE A CLEARLY IDENTIFIED SYSTEM OF CHECKS & BALANCES FOR FAA PROGRAMS, SUCH AS "COMPLIANCE THROUGH PARTNERSHIP," & PROVIDE THE NECESSARY TRAINING TO ENSURE THE UNDERSTANDING OF SUCH PROGRAMS. BASED ON THE ISSUANCE OF THE AC & THE HANDBOOK BULLETIN, THE BOARD BELIEVES THE FAA ACTIONS HAVE FULFILLED THE INTENT OF THE RECOMMENDATION & THEREFORE CLASSIFIES A-95-45 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/21/1997
Response: THE FAA RESPONDED INITIALLY ON 8/14/95 & AGAIN ON 8/14/96, INDICATING THAT THEY AGREED WITH THE INTENT OF THE RECOMMENDATION. THE FAA'S 4/22/97, STATES THAT IT HAS ISSUED AN ADVISORY CIRCULAR (AC-120-66), & A JOINT HANDBOOK BULLETIN FOR AIRWORTHINESS (97-02) & FOR AIR TRANSPORTATION (97-03) TO ITS INSPECTORS, THAT PROVIDES INFO ABOUT PARTNERSHIP SAFETY PROGRAMS & GUIDANCE & IMPLEMENTATION PROCEDURES.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 10/15/1996
Response: BASED ON THE PROPOSAL TO ISSUE AN AC ADDRESSING THE AIR TRANSPORTATION PARTNERSHIP FOR SAFETY PROGRAM, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-95-45 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE" PENDING RECEIPT OF THE FINAL AC.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/14/1996
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THE RECOMMENDATION & WILL ISSUE GUIDANCE & STANDARDS TO ITS INSPECTOR WORK FORCE ON THIS ISSUE. ON 7/22/96, THE FAA PUBLISHED A PROPOSED ADVISORY CIRCULAR (AC) 120-XX, AIR TRANSPORTATION PARTNERSHIP FOR SAFETY PROGRAM, WHICH PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR ESTABLISHING AIR TRANSPORTATION PARTNERSHIP FOR SAFETY PROGRAMS. THE FAA IS SEEKING COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC & AVIATION BY 8/21/96.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/26/1996
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE FAA HAS DEVELOPED A FLIGHT STANDARDS INFO BULLETIN FOR THE "COMPLIANCE THROUGH PARTNERSHIP" PROGRAM, WHICH WILL PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO INSPECTORS. THEREFORE, PENDING ISSUANCE OF THE FSIB, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-95-45 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/14/1995
Response: THE FAA IS DEVELOPING A FLIGHT STANDARDS INFO BULLETIN TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AIR TRANSPORTATION PARTNERSHIP FOR SAFETY PROGRAMS. THE BULLETIN IS SCHEDULED TO BE ISSUED IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. I WILL PROVIDE THE BOARD WITH A COPY OF THE BULLETIN AS SOON AS IT IS ISSUED.