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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-96-147
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Synopsis: ON 8/21/95, ABOUT 1253 EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME, AN EMBRAER EMB-120, N256AS, OPERATED BY ATLANTIC SOUTHEAST AIRLINES (ASA) AS FLIGHT 529, CRASHED ON APPROACH TO THE WEST GEORGIA REGIONAL AIRPORT, CARROLLTON, GEORGIA. THE FLIGHTCREW WAS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY LANDING FOLLOWING THE IN-FLIGHT SEPARATION OF A PROPELLER BLADE. THE CAPTAIN AND SEVEN PASSENGERS WERE KILLED, AND THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT FORCES AND A POSTCRASH FIRE. FLIGHT 529 WAS BEING CONDUCTED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF TITLE 14 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS PART 135 AS A DOMESTIC, SCHEDULED PASSENGER SERVICE FLIGHT FROM ATLANTA, GEORGIA, TO GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI. THE NTSB'S INVESTIGATION OF THIS ACCIDENT IS ONGOING.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FAA: INCLUDE AN ARTICLE IN THE AIR TRAFFIC BULLETIN & PROVIDE A MANDATORY FORMAL BRIEFING TO ALL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS REGARDING THE NECESSITY & IMPORTANCE OF NOTIFYING CRASH, FIRE & RESCUE PERSONNEL UPON A PILOT'S REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE. ENSURE THAT AIR ROUTE TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTER (ARTCC) CONTROLLERS ARE AWARE THAT SUCH A REQUEST MAY REQUIRE THEM TO NOTIFY LOCAL EMERGENCY PERSONNEL.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Exceeds Recommended Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: CARROLLTON, GA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA95MA054
Accident Reports: In-flight Loss of Propeller Blade Forced Landing, and Collision with Terrain Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc., Flight 529 Embraer EMB-120RT, N256AS
Report #: AAR-96-06
Accident Date: 8/21/1995
Issue Date: 12/20/1996
Date Closed: 5/1/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Exceeds Recommended Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/1/1997
Response: THE FAA A-96-147 ASKED THE FAA TO INCLUDE AN ARTICLE IN THE AIR TRAFFIC BULLEIN & PROVIDE A MANDATORY FORMAL BRIEFING TO ALL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS REGARDING THE NECESSITY & IMPORTANCE OF NOTIFYING CRASH, FIRE, & RESCUE PERSONNEL UPON A PILOT'S REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE. THE FAA SHOULD ALSO ENSURE THAT AIR ROUTE TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTER PERSONNEL ARE AWARE THAT SUCH A REQUEST MAY REQUIRE THEM TO NOTIFY LOCAL EMERGENCY PERSONNEL. BASED ON THIS INFO, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-96-147 "CLOSED--EXCEEDS RECOMMENDED ACTION."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/3/1997
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION, BUT DOES NOT BELIEVE THAT AN ARTICLE IN THE AIR TRAFFIC BULLETIN IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE. THE MANDATORY BREIEF ITEMS IN THE AIRTRAFFIC BULLETIN ARE NORMALLY "REMINDER BRIEFINGS." THE FAA BELIEVES THAT A MORE COMPREHESIVE ACTION IS WARRANTED. IN MOST EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, THE CONTROLLER COMMUNICATING WITH THE AIRCRAFT IN DISTRESS WOULD NOT BE THE PERSON REPONSIBLE FOR MAKING THE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS. CONSEQUENTLY, THE FAA WILL DIRECT THE REGIONAL AIR TRAFFIC DIVISION MANAGERS TO ENSURE THAT THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS ARE ACCOMPLISHED: ALL FACILITY MANAGERS SHALL REVIEW ORDER 7210.4, FACILITY OPERATION & ADMINISTRATION, PARAGRAPHS 2-1-4 & 2-1-9 (IF APPLICABLE). MANAGERS SHALL REVIEW REFERENCE MATERIALS, PROCEDURES, & LETTERS OF AGREEMENT TO ENSURE THAT ALL EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE AVAILABLE & CURRENT, INCLUDING THOSE FOR CRASH, FIRE, & RESCUE OPERATIONS. ALL AIR TRAFFIC PERSONNEL SHALL BE BRIEFED ON THE LOCATION OF MATERIALS CONCERNING EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES & TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND ON THE IMPORTANCE OF FORWARDING THE COMPLETE & CURRENT STATUS OF EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT TO SUPERVISORS & OTHER FACILITIES. THE BRIEFING SHALL BE RECORDED IN EACH EMPLOYEE'S TRAINING PROFICIENCY RECORDS (FORM 3120-1). FACILITY MANAGERS SHALL FORWARD THE DATE TO THE COMPLETION OF THE ABOVE ACTIONS TO HEADQUARTERS AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE THROUGH THEIR RESPECTIVE DIVISION MANAGER MANAGER NO LATER THAN 3/26/97. THE FAA BELIEVES THAT THIS ACTION FAR EXCEEDS THE INTENT OF THE RECOMMENDATION & CONSIDERS ITS ACTION COMPLETED.