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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-97-074
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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: Ensure that Part 121 air carriers' maintenance functions receive the same level of FAA surveillance, regardless of whether those functions are performed in house or by a contract maintenance facility.
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-97-74, 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 December 15, 1997, the FAA issued Flight Standards Handbook Bulletin for Airworthiness 96-05C, Air Carrier Operations Specifications Authorization to Make Arrangements With Other Organizations to Perform Substantial Maintenance. The bulletin describes detailed procedures to ensure that surveillance of each 14 CFR Part 121 air carrier's maintenance function entails the performance of the maintenance, the adequacy of the maintenance organization, the competency of maintenance personnel, and the adequacy of maintenance facilities and equipment, regardless of whether those functions are performed in-house or by a contract maintenance facility. 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 is revising Flight Standards Handbook Bulletin 96-05B, Air Carrier Operations Specifications Authorization to Make Arrangements With Other Organizations to Perform Substantial Maintenance. The bulletin currently describes detailed procedures to ensure that surveillance of each 14 CFR Part 121 air carrier's maintenance functions entails the performance of the maintenance, the adequacy of the maintenance organization, the competency of the maintenance personnel, and the adequacy of the maintenance facilities and equipment, regardless of whether those functions are performed in- house or by a contract maintenance facility. The FAA is revising Flight Standards Handbook Bulletin 96-05B to add specific language that instructs principal maintenance inspectors to ensure that each 14 CFR Part 121 air carrier's maintenance functions receive the same level of surveillance, regardless of whether those functions are performed in-house or by a contract maintenance facility. It is anticipated that the bulletin will be issued in November 1997. I will provide the Board with a copy of the bulletin as soon as it is issued.