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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-98-106
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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: Amend FAA Order 7110.65, "Air Traffic Control," to require that automatic terminal information service broadcasts include information regarding the existence of pilot reports of icing conditions in the airport terminal's environment (and adjacent airport terminal environments as meteorologically pertinent and operationally feasible) as soon as practicable after receipt of the pilot report.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Reconsidered
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: 3/23/2000
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Reconsidered)
Keyword(s): Air Traffic Control, Icing, Weather

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/23/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD HAS REVIEWED THE MOST RECENT CHANGES TO FAA ORDER 7110.65, WHICH WERE MADE BY THE FAA AFTER THE ACCIDENT BUT BEFORE THE BOARD ISSUED A-98-106, AND CONCURS WITH THE FAA THAT SECTIONS 2-6-3, "PIREP INFORMATION," AND 2-9-3, "ATIS CONTENT," WHEN COMBINED, CONTAIN THE GUIDANCE ON PROVIDING PIREP INFORMATION ON ICING IN THE ATIS SYSTEM. BASED ON THAT REVIEW, A-98-106 IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--RECONSIDERED."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/22/1999
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 02/16/2000 9:07:16 AM MC# 991533 THE FAA HOSTED A WORK GROUP COMPOSED OF INDUSTRY, USERS, AND AIR TRAFFIC REPRESENTATIVES TO REVIEW AND, IF NECESSARY, REDEFINE THE PURPOSE AND CONTENT FOR THE AUTOMATIC TERMINAL INFORMATION SERVICE. THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION WAS DISCUSSED AT THIS MEETING. THE CONSENSUS OF THE WORK GROUP WAS THAT THE REQUIREMENTS TO INCLUDE A NOTICE TO AIRMEN AND PILOT REPORTS PERTINENT TO THE OPERATIONS IN THE TERMINAL AREA ARE ALREADY CONTAINED IN ORDER 7110.65, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, PARAGRAPH 2-9-3E, ATIS CONTENT. I HAVE ENCLOSED A COPY OF THIS SECTION FOR THE BOARD'S INFORMATION. THESE CURRENT PROCEDURES ACCOMPLISH THE INTENT OF THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION. I CONSIDER THE FAA'S ACTION TO BE COMPLETED IN RESPONSE TO THIS RECOMMENDATION, AND I PLAN NO FURTHER ACTION.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/20/1999
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 03/02/2000 3:04:36 PM MC# 991531

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/26/1999
Response: THE FAA'S AIR TRAFFIC OPERATIONS WILL HOST A WORK GROUP COMPOSED OF INDUSTRY, USERS, AND AIR TRAFFIC REPRESENTATIVES TO REVIEW AND, IF NECESSARY, REDEFINE THE PURPOSE AND CONTENT FOR THE AUTOMATIC TERMINAL INFORMATION SERVICE. THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION WILL BE INCLUDED ON THE AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION AT THIS MEETING. I WILL INFORM THE BOARD OF THE FAA'S COURSE OF ACTION TO ADDRESS THIS RECOMMENDATON AS SOON AS THE WORK GROUP EFFORT IS COMPLETED.