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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-97-108
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Synopsis: ON 11/19/96, AT 1701 CENTRAL STANDARD TIME, UNITED EXPRESS FLIGHT 5925, A BEECHCRAFT 1900C, N87GL, COLLIDED WITH A BEECHCRAFT KING AIR A90, N1127D, AT QUINCY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, NEAR QUINCY, ILLINOIS. FLIGHT 5925 WAS COMPLETING ITS LANDING ROLL ON RUNWAY 13, AND THE KING AIR WAS IN ITS TAKEOFF ROLL ON RUNWAY 04. A THIRD AIRPLANE, A PIPER CHEROKEE, WAS POSITIONED FOR PLANNED TAKEOFF ON RUNWAY 04 BEHIND THE KING AIR. THE COLLISION OCCURRED AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE TWO RUNWAYS. ALL 10 PASSENGERS AND TWO CREWMEMBERS ABOARD FLIGHT 5925 AND THE TWO OCCUPANTS ABOARD THE KING AIR WERE KILLED. FLIGHT 5925 WAS A SCHEDULED PASSENGER FLIGHT OPERATING UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF TITLE 14 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS (CFR) PARAT 135. THE FLIGHT WAS OPERATED BY GREAT LAKES AVIATION, LTD., DOING BUSINESS AS UNITED EXPRESS. THE KING AIR WAS OPERATING UNDER 14 CFR PART 91.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FAA: ADD TO THE SAFETY INFO SECTION OF THE FAA'S INTERNET HOME PAGE A LIST OF AIRPORTS THAT HAVE SCHEDULED AIR SERVICE BUT DO NOT HAVE AIRCRAFT RESCUE AND FIRE FIGHTING CAPABILITIES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
Mode: Aviation
Location: QUINCY, IL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA97MA009AB
Accident Reports: Runway Collision United Express Flight 5925 and Beechcraft King Air A90 Quincy Municipal Airport
Report #: AAR-97-04
Accident Date: 11/19/1996
Issue Date: 9/12/1997
Date Closed: 5/5/2004
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Keyword(s): Airport Rescue and Firefighting

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/5/2004
Response: With all airports that have scheduled air service with airplanes designed to carry 10 or more passengers now required to be Part 139 certificated (including ARFF response), there is no need for a separate list of those airports not having ARFF response capability. Therefore, Safety Recommendation A-97-108 is classified "Closed--No Longer Applicable."

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/26/2000
Response: WHILE THE SAFETY BOARD AGREES WITH THE FAA THAT THEY WILL BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO PROVIDE THE INFORMATION RECOMMENDED AFTER 14 CFR PART 139 IS MODIFIED TO INCLUDE AIRPORTS SERVING 10- TO 30-PASSENGER AIRCRAFT, THE BOARD DOES NOT BELIEVE IT NECESSARY TO WAIT FOR THIS RULEMAKING TO BE COMPLETED. THE BOARD BELIEVES THE FAA SHOULD BE ABLE TO SUPPLY ON ITS WEB SITE A LIST OF AIRPORTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY CERTIFIED UNDER 14 CFR PART 139, AND INDICATE THAT THOSE NOT LISTED MAY NOT HAVE ARFF THAT MEETS THE FAA'S STANDARDS. PENDING COMPLETION OF RULEMAKING TO PROVIDE 14 CFR PART 139 COVERAGE TO ALL AIRPORTS SERVING 10- TO 30-SEAT AIRCRAFT, AND THE FAA LISTING ON ITS WEB SITE ALL AIRPORTS CURRENTLY CERTIFIED UNDER 14 CFR PART 139, A-97-108 IS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--UNACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/7/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 07/13/2000 3:18:56 PM MC# 2000891: As previously stated, once the final rule is completed in response to Safety Recommendation A-97-107 and airports served by aircraft having 10 to 30 seats are certified under 14 CFR Part 139, the FAA can address this safety recommendation more effectively. I will keep the Board informed of the FAA's progress on this safety recommendation.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/4/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 05/15/2000 2:42:24 PM MC# 2000623 AS STATED IN THE FAA'S LETTER DATED 11/24/97, THE PURPOSE OF THIS RECOMMENDATION IS TO INFORM COMMUTER AIRLINE PASSENGERS OF THE AIRPORTS THAT DO NOT HAVE ARFF CAPABILITIES. SUCH AIRPORTS ARE NOT CURRENTLY SUBJECT TO 14 CFR PART 139, AND THE FAA DOES NOT COLLECT THIS INFORMATION. THE LIST OF AFFECTED AIRPORTS CHANGES WITH CARRIER SERVICE. SOME FORM OF ARFF CAPABILITY MAY BE AVAILABLE AT THESE AIRPORTS UNDER A VARIETY OF LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS, ALTHOUGH IT DOES NOT MEET 14 CFR PART 139 REQUIREMENTS. THE FAA IS CONCERNED THAT AN EFFORT TO REPRESENT THIS INFORMATION IN AN OFFICIAL LIST WOULD NOT RESULT IN ACCURATE OR CURRENT INFORMATION FOR AIR TRAVELERS. I BELIEVE THAT ONCE THE RULEMAKING ACTION IS COMPLETED IN RESPONSE TO A-97-107 AND AIRPORTS SERVED BY AIRCRAFT HAVING 10 TO 30 SEATS ARE CERTIFIED UNDER 14 CFR PART 139, THE FAA CAN ADDRESS THIS RECOMMENDATION MORE EFFECTIVELY. I WILL KEEP THE BOARD INFORMED OF THE FAA'S PROGRESS ON THIS RECOMMENDATION.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/24/1997
Response: The purpose of this safety recommendation is to inform commuter airline passengers of the airports that do not have ARFF capabilities. Such airports are not currently subject to 14 CFR Part 139, and the FAA does not collect this information. The list of affected airports changes with carrier service. Some form of ARFF capability may be available at these airports under a variety of local arrangements, although it does not meet 14 CFR Part 139 requirements. The FAA is concerned that an effort to represent this information in an official list would not result in accurate or current information for air travelers. I believe that once the rulemaking action is completed in response to Safety Recommendation A-97-107 and airports served by aircraft having 10 to 30 seats are certified under 14 CFR Part 139, the FAA can address this safety recommendation more effectively. I will keep the Board informed of the FAA's progress on this safety recommendation.