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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-97-095
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Synopsis: About 1638 eastern daylight time, on 10/19/96, a McDonnell Douglas MD-88, N914dl, operated by Delta Airlines, Inc., as Flight 554, struck the approach light structure and the end of the runway deck during the approach to land on runway 13 at the LaGuardia airport, in Flushing, New York. Flight 554 was being operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121, as a scheduled, domestic passenger flight from Atlanta, Georgia, to Flushing. The flight departed the Williams B. Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta Georgia, about 1441, with two flightcrew members, three flight attendants, and 58 passengers on board. Three passengers reported minor injuries; no injuries were reported by the remaining 60 occupants. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage, wings (including slats and flaps), main landing gear, and both engines. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the approach to runway 13; flight 554 was operating on an instrument flight rules flight plan.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Require all 14 CFR Part 121 and 135 operators to review their flight attendant training programs and emphasize the need for flight attendants to aggressively initiate their evacuation procedures when an evacuation order has been given.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: FLUSHING, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: NYC97MA005
Accident Reports: Descent Below Visual Glidepath and Collision with Terrain Delta Air Lines Flight 554 McDonnell Douglas MD-88, N914DL
Report #: AAR-97-03
Accident Date: 10/19/1996
Issue Date: 8/29/1997
Date Closed: 11/20/1998
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Evacuation, Flightcrew, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 11/20/1998
Response: A-97-95 ASKED THE FAA TO REQUIRE ALL 14 CFR PARTS 121 & 135 OPERATORS TO REVIEW THEIR FLIGHT ATTENDANT TRAINING PROGRAMS & EMPHASIZE THE NEED FOR FLIGHT ATTENDANTS TO AGGRESSIVELY INITIATE THEIR EVACUATION PROCEDURES WHEN AN EVACUATION ORDER HAS BEEN GIVEN. BASED ON TH FAA'S ACTIONS, A-97-95 IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 8/17/1998
Response:

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/26/1998
Response: IN NOVEMBER 1997, FAA SAID IT WOULD REVIEW ITS GUIDANCE. BASED ON THAT REVIEW, FAA STATED THAT ON 2/13/98, THE FAA ISSUED A FLIGHT STANDARDS INFO BULLETIN THAT DIRECTS POIS TO REVIEW THEIR RESPECTIVE OPERATORS, FLIGHT ATTENDANT TRAINING PROGRAMS TO ENSURE THAT THEY INCLUDE AN EMPHASIS ON THE NEED FOR FLIGHT ATTENDANTS TO AGGRESSIVELY INITIATE THEIR EVACUATION PROCEDURES WHEN AN EVACUATION ORDER HAS BEEN GIVEN.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/13/1997
Response: The FAA agrees with the intent of this safety recommendation and will issue a flight standards information bulletin directing principal operations inspectors to review their respective operators' flight attendant training programs to ensure that they include an emphasis on the need for flight attendants to aggressively initiate their evacuation procedures when an evacuation order has been given. It is anticipated that the bulletin will be issued in February 1998. I will provide the Board with a copy of the bulletin as soon as it is issued.