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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-98-105
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Synopsis: On January 9, 1997, an Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica, S/A (Embraer) EMB-120RT, operated by COMAIR Airlines, Inc., crashed during a rapid descent after an uncommanded roll excursion near Monroe, Michigan. The flight was a scheduled, domestic passenger flight from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Covington, Kentucky, to Detroit Metropolitan/Wayne County Airport, Detroit, Michigan. The flight departed Covington with 2 flightcrew, 1 flight attendant, and 26 passengers on board. There were no survivors. The airplane was destroyed by ground impact forces and a postaccident fire. IMC prevailed at the time of the accident, and the flight was operating on an IFR flight plan.The probable cause of this accident was the FAA's failure to establish adequate aircraft certification standardds for flight in icing conditions.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Reemphasize to pilots, on a periodic basis, their responsibility to report meteorological conditions that may adversely affect the safety of other flights, such as in-flight icing and turbulence, to the appropriate facility as soon as practicable.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: MONROE, MI, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA97MA017
Accident Reports: In-Flight Icing Encounter and Uncontrolled Collision with Terrain, Comair Flight 3272, Embraer EMB-120RT, N265CA
Report #: AAR-98-04
Accident Date: 1/9/1997
Issue Date: 11/30/1998
Date Closed: 5/6/2003
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Air Traffic Control , Weather

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 5/6/2003
Response: The Safety Board notes that on December 12, 2002, the FAA issued Advisory Circular (AC) 91-74, "Pilot Guide - Flight In Icing Conditions." The Board reviewed a copy of the AC and notes that it advises pilots of their responsibility to report meteorological conditions that may adversely affect the safety of other flights, like in-flight icing and turbulence, to the appropriate facility as soon as practicable. With the issuance of the AC, the FAA has fully addressed Safety Recommendation A-98-105, which is now classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/4/2003
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 2/11/2003 3:19:53 PM MC# 2030094 The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued Advisory Circular (AC) 91-74, Pilot Guide - Flight In Icing Conditions, on December 12, 2002. The AC advises pilots of their responsibility to report meteorological conditions that may adversely affect the safety of other flights, like in-flight icing and turbulence, to the appropriate facility as soon as practicable. In addition, the AC includes the latest information and recommends techniques for coping with icing conditions. I have enclosed a copy of the AC for the Board's information. I believe that the FAA has satisfactorily responded to this safety recommendation, and I look forward to your response.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/12/2001
Response: ALTHOUGH THE PROPOSED AC IS RESPONSIVE TO THE RECOMMENDATION, THE SAFETY BOARD IS CONCERNED BY THE DELAY AND URGES THE FAA TO EXPEDITE DEVELOPMENT AND ISSUANCE OF THE AC. PENDING THE AC'S ISSUANCE, A-8-105 REMAINS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/7/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 07/12/2000 9:46:00 AM MC# 2000878 THE FAA AGREES WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION AND IS DEVELOPING AN AC THAT WILL ADVISE PILOTS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO REPORT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS THAT MAY ADVERSELY AFFECT THE SAFETY OF OTHER FLIGHTS, LIKE IN-FLIGHT ICING AND TURBULENCE, TO THE APPROPRIATE FACILITY AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE. IN ADDITION, THE AC WILL INCLUDE THE LATEST INFORMATION AND RECOMMEND TECHNIQUES FOR COPING WITH ICING CONDITIONS. IT WAS ANTICIPATED THAT THE AC WOULD BE PUBLISHED FOR COMMENT BY DECEMBER 1999. HOWEVER, THE DEVELOPMENT AND COORDINATION OF THE AC HAS TAKEN LONGER THAN ORIGINALLY ANTICIPATED. THE FAA NOW EXPECTS TO PUBLISH THE AC FOR COMMENT IN DECEMBER 2000. ON 3/9/00, THE BOARD ASKED THAT THE FAA REVIEW ALL METHODS OF COMMUNICATION AVAILABLE TO ENSURE THAT THE INFORMATION IN THE AC GETS THE WIDEST DISSEMINATION POSSIBLE. THE BOARD RECOMMENDED THAT THE FAA CONSIDER PERIODIC ISSUANCE OF THIS INFORMATION RATHER THAN THE ONE-TIME ISSUANCE OF AN AC. FOR THE BOARD'S INFORMATION, THE FAA PLANS TO UPDATE OTHER ICING GUIDANCE MATERIAL LIKE THE "WINTER OPERATIONS GUIDANCE FOR AIR CARRIERS AND OTHER ADVERSE WEATHER TOPICS" AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE COMPLETION OF TASK 1B OF THE IN-FLIGHT ICING PLAN. THE FAA WILL ALSO UPDATE THE AC AS NEW INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE. I BELIEVE THAT THE PROPOSED AC WILL ADDRESS THE FULL INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION, AND I WILL PROVIDE THE BOARD WITH A COPY OF THE AC AS SOON AS IT IS PUBLISHED.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/9/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD NOTES THAT THE ISSUANCE OF AN AC INTHIS AREA IS A POSITIVE STEP. HOWEVER, THE SAFETY BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE FAA SHOULD TAKE AN EXTRA STEP TO REVIEW ALL METHODS OF COMMUNICATION AVAILABLE TO ENSURE THIS MESSAGE GETS THE WIDEST DISSEMINATION POSSIBLE. IN ADDITION, THE BOARD RECOMMENDS THAT THE FAA CONSIDER PERIODIC ISSUANCE OF THIS INFORMATION RATHER THAN THE ONE-TIME ISSUANCE OF AN AC. PENDING THESE ACTIONS BY THE FAA, A-98-105 IS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/26/1999
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION AND IS DEVELOPING AN ADVISORY CIRCULAR (AC) THAT WILL ADVISE PILOTS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO REPORT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS THAT MAY ADVERSELY AFFECT THE SAFETY OF OTHER FLIGHTS (I.E., IN-FLIGHT ICING AND TURBULENCE) TO THE APPROPRIATE FACILITY AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE. IN ADDITION, THE AC WILL INCLUDE THE LATEST INFORMATION AND RECOMMENDED TECHNIQUES FOR COPING WITH ICING CONDITIONS. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE AC WILL BE PUBLISHED FOR COMMENT BY DECEMBER 1999.