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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-97-061
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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: Evaluate the cockpit emergency vision technology & take action as appropriate.
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: 7/23/1999
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/23/1999
Response: BECAUSE THE FAA'S ACTIONS MEET THE INTENT OF A-97-61, IT IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/17/1998
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 11/18/98 MC# 971537: The FAA has prepared and submitted two reports to congress that address the hazards associated with smoke in the cockpit. The FAA has evaluated all known cockpit emergency vision technology and has approved the installation of one device, "Emergency Vision Assurance System (EVAS)." The EVAS can be employed by operators; however, the FAA has not determined that it is necessary or appropriate to mandate the installation of the system. I consider the FAA's action to be completed on this safety recommendation, and I plan no further action.