Five Of Six Are Listed Red, For "Unacceptable"
National Transportation Safety Board
Chairman Mark V. Rosenker told Congress Wednesday he was
disappointed at the number of recommendations to the Federal
Aviation Administration on the Board's Most Wanted List that are in
an unacceptable action status.
Testifying before the Subcommittee on Aviation of the US House
of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
Chairman Rosenker noted that, of the six items before the FAA from
the Board's Most Wanted List, five of them have been color-coded
Red, for Unacceptable Response.
These deal with reducing dangers to aircraft flying in icing
conditions, preventing runway incursions, improving audio and data
recorders and requiring video recorders on aircraft, reducing
accidents caused by human fatigue, and improving crew resource
management for Part 135 (air taxi) operations.
The sixth item, eliminating flammable fuel/air vapors in fuel
tanks of transport category aircraft, has been given a Yellow color
code, meaning that the FAA's response is acceptable but progressing
The Safety Board's Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements was
devised in 1990 as an additional way for the NTSB to focus
attention on a group of safety recommendations selected for
In addition to the recommendations to the FAA, the list includes
recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration, the
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the US Department of
Transportation and the US Coast Guard. It also includes a series of
recommendations to State governments dealing with highway and
Rosenker conceded items on the list tend to be those that are
among the most complex and difficult to implement. However, he
concluded, "while the FAA has made some progress, I am disappointed
that there are so many recommendations on this list that are in an