NTSB Issues Recommendations for Hudson River Corridor
August 27, 2009 — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Thursday issued five safety recommendations to the FAA resulting from its ongoing investigation of the August 8 midair collision over the Hudson River that killed nine people. They are:
- Establish procedures for coordination among ATC facilities so that aircraft operating under VFR and requesting a route that would require entry into class B airspace receive ATC clearance to enter that airspace as soon as traffic permits.
- Require controllers to instruct pilots with whom they are communicating and whose flight will operate in the Hudson River class B exclusion area to switch from ATC communications to the Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) and to self-announce before entering the area.
- Add an advisory to the Automatic Terminal Information Service broadcast, reminding pilots of the need to use the CTAF while operating in the Hudson River class B exclusion area and to self-announce before entering the area, and
- In any situation where, despite the above procedures, controllers are in contact with an aircraft operating within or approaching the Hudson River class B exclusion area, ensure that the pilot is provided with traffic advisories and safety alerts at least until exiting the area.