Aircraft Accidents and Repeat Performances

It’s not often I direct a blog at any one person, but to the young man during a book signing/meet the author affair in New York asked me why recommendations aren’t enforceable and therefore are ineffective, I bow my head in shame. Not out of guilt, but out of frustration with the air carrier community not learning from the past.
Southwest Airlines just agreed to pay a $2.5 million dollar civil penalty because they … wait for it … didn’t conduct proper surveillance on their contract maintenance provider. When one considers Southwest’s certificate management office had been before Congress in 2007 for similar concerns and this was the given probable cause for ValuJet 592, Emery 17 and Air Midwest 5481, is it any wonder we are not learning from our mistakes?

To everyone Merry Christmas and safe travels during the holidays.

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