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Safety Recommendation A-95-077
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Synopsis: ON 7/2/94 ABOUT 1843 EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME, A DOUGLAS DC-9-31, N954VJ, OPERATED BY USAIR, IN., AS FLIGHT 1016, COLLIDED WITH TREES & A PRIVATE RESIDENCE NEAR THE CHARLOTTE/DOUGLAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CTL), 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 INJUREIS. TWO FLIGHT ATTENDANT & 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 (IFR) FLIGHT PLAN HAD BEEN FILED. FLIGHT 1016 WAS BEING CONDUCTED UNDER 14 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS (CFR) PART 121 AS A REGULARLY SCHEDULED PASSENGER FLIGHT FROM COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, TO CHARLOTTE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FAA: REQUIRE THAT ALL 14 CFR 139 CERTIFICATED AIRPORTS IDENTIFY GATES THAT AIRCRAFT RESCUE & FIRE FIGHTING PERSONNEL & THEIR EQUIPMENT MIGHT NEED TO ACCESS WHILE RESPONDING TO EMERGENCIES, & MAKE THE NECESSARY CHANGES TO ENSURE THAT EMERGENCY PESONNEL & THEIR EQUIPMENT CAN PASS THROUGH THESE GATES WITHOUT HESITATION OR DELAY. ADDITIONALLY, THE GATES THAT ARE IDENTIFIED & THE PROCEDURES REQUIRED TO ACCESS THEM SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE AIRPORT EMERGENCY PLAN.
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-96-03
Accident Date: 7/2/1994
Issue Date: 7/17/1995
Date Closed: 12/8/1995
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 12/8/1995
Response: (RESPONSE FOR LETTERS 9/18/95 & 11/7/95) THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE FAA ISSUED CERTALERTS (CERTIFCATION ALERTS) TO ALL AIRPORT CERTIFICATION SAFETY INSPECTORS TO EMPHASIZE THE LOCATIONS & IDENTIFICATION OF GATES THAT ARE TO BE USED FOR EGRESS TO OFF-AIRPORT SITES. THE BOARD ALSO NOTES THAT THE ARFF'S TRAINING PROGRAMS WILL APPROPRIATELY ADDRESS ROUTES & OPERATION OF THE GATES. THEREFORE, A-95-77 IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/7/1995
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION & HAS DIRECTED AIRPORT INSPECTION TO COMPLY WITH ITS INTENT BY MEANS OF A CERALERT TO ALL INSPECTORS. THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY OF THE AIRPORT-BASED AIRCRAFT RESCUE & FIREFIGHTING UNITS IS TO RESPOND TO AIRCRAFT EMERGENCIES THAT OCCUR ON THE AIRPORT. AS PART OF MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS WITH FIRE DEPARTMENTS FROM THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES, AN AIRPORT'S ARFF UNIT MAY RESPOND TO AIRCRAFT EMERGENCIES THAT OCCUR OUTSIDE THE AIRPORT BOUNDARIES. THE FAA ISSUED A CERTALERT WHICH EFFECTIVELY IMPLEMENTS THE ACTIONS INTENDED BY THE RECOMMENDATION.THE FAA AGREES WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION & HAS DIRECTED AIRPORT INSPECTION TO COMPLY WITH ITS INTENT BY MEANS OF A CERALERT TO ALL INSPECTORS. THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY OF THE AIRPORT-BASED AIRCRAFT RESCUE & FIREFIGHTING UNITS IS TO RESPOND TO AIRCRAFT EMERGENCIES THAT OCCUR ON THE AIRPORT. AS PART OF MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS WITH FIRE DEPARTMENTS FROM THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES, AN AIRPORT'S ARFF UNIT MAY RESPOND TO AIRCRAFT EMERGENCIES THAT OCCUR OUTSIDE THE AIRPORT BOUNDARIES. THE FAA ISSUED A CERTALERT WHICH EFFECTIVELY IMPLIMENTS THE ACTIONS INTENDED BY THE RECOMMENDATION.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/18/1995
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION & HAS DIRECTED AIRPORT INSPECTION TO COMPLY WITH ITS INTENT BY MEANS OF A CERALERT TO ALL INSPECTORS. THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY OF THE AIRPORT-BASED AIRCRAFT RESCUE & FIREFIGHTING UNITS IS TO RESPOND TO AIRCRAFT EMERGENCIES THAT OCCUR ON THE AIRPORT. AS PART OF MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS WITH FIRE DEPARTMENTS FROM THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES, AN AIRPORT'S ARFF UNIT MAY RESPOND TO AIRCRAFT EMERGENCIES THAT OCCUR OUTSIDE THE AIRPORT BOUNDARIES. THE FAA ISSUED A CERTALERT WHICH EFFECTIVELY IMPLIMENTS THE ACTIONS INTENDED BY THE RECOMMENDATION.THE FAA AGREE WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION & HAS DIRECTED AIRPORT INSPECTION TO COMPLY WITH ITS INTENT BY MEANS OF A CERALERT TO ALL INSPECTORS. THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY OF THE AIRPORT-BASED AIRCRAFT RESCUE & FIREFIGHTING UNITS IS TO RESPOND TO AIRCRAFT EMERGENCIES THAT OCCUR ON THE AIRPORT. AS PART OF MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS WITH FIRE DEPARTMENTS FROM THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES, AN AIRPORT'S ARFF UNIT MAY RESPOND TO AIRCRAFT EMERGENCIES THAT OCCUR OUTSIDE THE AIRPORT BOUNDARIES. THE FAA ISSUED A CERTALERT WHICH EFFECTIVELY IMPLIMENTS THE ACTIONS INTENDED BY THE RECOMMENDATION.