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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-97-056
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Synopsis: On 5/11/96, about 1415 eastern daylight time, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 crashed into the everglades swamp shortly after takeoff from Miami International Airport, Miami Florida, the airplane, N904VJ, was operated by ValuJet Airlines, Inc., as ValuJet flight 592. Both pilots, the three flight attendants, and all 105 passengers were killed. Before the accident, the flightcrew reported to air traffic control that it was experiencing smoke in the cabin and cockpit. Visual meteorological conditions existed in the Miami area at the time of the takeoff. The destination of the flight was Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia. Flight 592 was on an instrument flight rules flight plan.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Expedite final rulemaking to require smoke detection and fire suppression systems for all class D cargo compartments.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Miami, FL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA96MA054
Accident Reports: In-Flight Fire and Impact With Terrain Valujet Airlines Flight 592 DC-9-32, N904VJ
Report #: AAR-97-06
Accident Date: 5/11/1996
Issue Date: 9/9/1997
Date Closed: 8/13/1998
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/13/1998
Response: A-97-56 ASKED THE FAA TO EXPEDITE FINAL RULEMAKING TO REQUIRE SMOKE DETECTION & FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS FOR ALL CLASS D CARGO COMPARTMENTS. BASED ON THE FAA'S ACTIONS, A-97-56 IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/26/1998
Response: ON 2/12/98, THE FAA ISSUED ITS FINAL RULE TO UPGRADE THE SAFETY STANDARDS FOR CARGO OR BAGGAGE COMPARTMENTS IN CERTAIN TRANSPORT- CATEGORY AIRPLANES BY ELIMINATING CLASS D COMPARTMENTS AS AN OPTION FOR FUTURE TYPE CERTIFICATION. COMPARTMENTS THAT CAN NO LONGER BE DESIGNATED AS CLASS D MUST MEET THE STANDARDS FOR CLASS C OR CLASS E COMPARTMENTS, AS APPLICABLE. THE CLASS D COMPARTMENTS IN CERTAIN TRANSPORT-CATEGORY AIRPLANES MANUFACTURED UNDER EXISTING TYPE CERTIFICATES & USED IN PASSENGER SERVICE MUST MEET THE FIRE OR SMOKE DETECTION & FIRE SUPPRESSION STANDARDS FOR CLASS C COMPARTMENT BY EARLY 2001 FOR USE IN AIR CARRIER OR MOST OTHER COMMERICAL SERVICE. I CONSIDER THE FAA'S ACTION TO BE COMPLETED IN RESPONSE TO THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION, & I PLAN NO FURTHER ACTION.