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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-95-055
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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 & 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, & ONE PASSENGER RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES. TWO FLIGHT ATTENDANTS & 14 PASSENGERS SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES. THE REMAINING 37 PASSENGERS RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES. THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT FORCES & A POSTCRASH FIRE. INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS PREVAILED AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, & 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: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE USAIR: REEMPHASIZE IN PILOT TRAINING & FLIGHT CHECKING THE CUES AVAILABLE FOR IDENTIFYING CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY & RECOGNIZING ASSOCITED MICROBURST WINDSHEARS; & PROVIDE ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE TO PILOTS ON OPERAIONAL (INITIATION & CONTINUATION OF FLIGHT) DECISIONS INVOLVING FLIGHT INTO TERMINAL AREAS WHERE CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY IS PRESENT.
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: 11/7/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USAir (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Training and Education, Thunderstorms/Rain/Snow, Weather, Flightcrew

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USAir
Date: 11/7/1997
Response: A-95-55 ASKED US AIRWAYS TO REEMPHASIZE IN PILOT TRAINING AND FLIGHT CHECKING THE CUES AVAILABLE FOR IDENTIFYING CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY AND RECOGNIZING ASOCIATED MICROBURST WINDSHEARS; AND PROVIDE ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE TO PILOTS ON OPERATIONAL (INITIATION AND CONTINUATION OF FLIGHT) DECISIONS INVOLVING FLIGHT INTO TERMINAL AREAS WHERE CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY IS PRESENT. BASED ON US AIRWAYS' ACTIONS, A-95-55 IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: USAir
To: NTSB
Date: 6/24/1997
Response: THE US AIRWAYS FLIGHT TRAINING AND STANDARDS DEPARTMENT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH ESTABLISHED FAA REQUIREMENTS SUCH AS THE FAA WIND SHEAR TRAINING AID, CONTINUES TO EMPHASIZE THE REQUIREMENT FOR RECOGNITION AND AVOIDANCE OF ALL FORMS OF HAZARDOUS WEATHER. THIS EMPHASIS IS FURTHER SUPPORTED DURING SIMULATOR TRAININNG AND CHECKING, AND WITHIN THE SCOPE OF RECURRENT LINE CHECK EVENTS. EXISTING GUIDANCE FOR OPERATIONAL DECISIONS INVOLVING CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY HAS BEEN ENHANCED THROUGH THE USE OF THE FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANUAL AND THE FLIGHT CREW VIEW ANNUAL RECURRENT TRAINING PUBLICATIONS.

From: NTSB
To: USAir
Date: 6/2/1997
Response: OUR RECORDS INDICATE THAT THE BOARD HAS NEVER RECEIVED A RESPONSE FROM YOUR COMPANY CONCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS. WE WOULD APPRECIATE BEING INFORMED ABOUT EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE TO IMPLEMENT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. A COPY OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS IS ENCLOSED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE. IF WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED A RESPONSE FROM YOU WITHIN 45 DAYS, THESE RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION/NO RESPONSE RECEIVED."