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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-87-040
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Synopsis: ON MARCH 30, 1987, A PIPER PA-28-181, N8191V, CRASHED FOLLOWING AN IN-FLIGHT WING SEPARATION AT THE WING ROOT ATTACHMENT WHILE IN CRUISE FLIGHT AT LOW ALTITUDE NEAR MARLIN, TEXAS. THE PILOT, THE SOLE OCCUPANT, RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES. THE AIRPLANE, WHICH WAS OWNED AND OPERATED BY GRIFFIN PIPELINE PATROL COMPANY, WAS PATROLLING A PIPELINE RIGHT OF WAY AT THE TIME OF THE ACC IDENT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: ISSUE AN AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE TO REQUIRE AN IMMEDIATE INSPECTION OF THE MAIN WING SPARS AND UPPER WING SKIN AT THE WING ROOT PIPER PA-28 AIRPLANE WITH OVER A SPECIFIED NUMBER OF SERVICE HOURS FOR EVIDENCE OF CRACKING. PARTICULAR ATTENTION SHOULD BE PLACED ON INSPECTING THE BOTTOM SURFACE OF THE LOWER SPAR CAP ADJACENT TO THE OUTBOARD FORWARD ATTACHMENT BOLT HOLE AT THE WING ROOT ATTACHMENT, AS WELL AS ALONG THE UPPER WING SKIN ADJACENT TO THE FUSELAGE JUST FORWARD OF THE MAIN SPAR. (URGENT)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: MARLIN, TX, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: FTW87FA088
Accident Reports:
Report #: None
Accident Date: 3/30/1987
Issue Date: 4/10/1987
Date Closed: 11/2/1988
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 11/2/1988
Response: The intent of Safety Recommendation A-87-40, concerning wing spar inspections, has been satisfied by the inspections carried out under the FAA airworthiness directive (AD) 87-08-08, which was in effect from May 5, 1987, through September 28, 1987, and we have classified it as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/21/1988
Response: FAA ANNOUNCE THAT PIPER HAD A DRAFT SERVICE BULLETIN THAT CALLED FOR INSPECTIONS OF THE WING SPAR BASED ON SEVERAL CATEGORIES OF OPERATION, SUCH AS TERRAIN FOLLOWING OPERATIONS, ROUGH FIELD OPERATION, MAJOR REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT ETC.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/15/1987
Response: ...THE FAA HAS ISSUED AD 87-08-08, EFFECTIVE MAY 5, 1987. THIS AD IS APPLICABLE TO CERTAIN PIPER AIRCRAFT CORPORATION MODELS PA-28 AND PA-32 SERIES AIRPLANES AND REQUIRES (1) A VISUAL INSPECTION WITH A 10-POWER MAGNIFYING GLASS AND A DYE-PENETRANT INSPECTION OF THE LOWER SPAR CAP FOR BOTH WINGS, (2) REPLACEMENT OF ANY SPARS FOUND TO BE CRACKED, AND (3) VISUAL INSPECTION OF THE WING UPPER SKIN FOR CRACKS AND REPAIR AS REQUIRED. I HAVE ENCLOSED A COPY OF THE AD FOR THE BOARD'S INSPECTION.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/10/1987
Response: ...THE FAA HAS ISSUED AD 87-08-08, EFFECTIVE MAY 5, 1987. THIS AD IS APPLICABLE TO CERTAIN PIPER AIRCRAFT CORPORATION MODELS PA-28 AND PA-32 SERIES AIRPLANES AND REQUIRES (1) A VISUAL INSPECTION WITH A 10-POWER MAGNIFYING GLASS AND A DYE-PENETRANT INSPECTION OF THE LOWER SPAR CAP FOR BOTH WINGS, (2) REPLACEMENT OF ANY SPARS FOUND TO BE CRACKED, AND (3) VISUAL INSPECTION OF THE WING UPPER SKIN FOR CRACKS AND REPAIR AS REQUIRED. I HAVE ENCLOSED A COPY OF THE AD FOR THE BOARD'S INSPECTION.