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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-97-068
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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 and enhance its oversight techniques to more effectively identify and address improper maintenance activities, especially false entries.
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)
Keyword(s): Maintenance, Oversight

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/23/1999
Response: BECAUSE THE FAA'S ACTION MEETS THE INTENT OF A-97-68, IT IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/22/1998
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 4/28/98 11:00:03 AM MC# 980533: On February 13, 1998, the FAA issued Flight Standards Handbook Bulletin for Airworthiness 98-02, Evaluation of 14 CFR Parts 121/135 Air Carriers' Maintenance Recordkeeping System. This bulletin provides principal inspectors with information and guidance on maintenance recordkeeping requirements for air carrier surveillance and certificate responsibility. The material covered in this bulletin will be automatically incorporated in FAA Order 8300.10, Airworthiness Inspector's Handbook, at the next revision (July 1998). I have enclosed a copy of the bulletin for the Board's information. I consider the FAA's action to be completed on this safety recommendation, and I plan no further action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/17/1997
Response: The FAA agrees with the intent of this safety recommendation and has drafted Change 14 to FAA Order 8300.10, Volume 2, Chapter 71, Evaluate Part 121/135 Air Carrier's Maintenance Recordkeeping System. This change will address oversight techniques to identify and address improper maintenance activities and false entries. It is anticipated that Change 14 will be published in April 1998. I will provide the Board with a copy of Change 14 as soon