Below the Radar: FAA Data Deficiencies Hamper Effort to Spot Airline Safety Hazards

Number 15813
Subject Aviation
Source Wall Street Journal (New York)
State NY
Year 1998
Publication Date July 27, 1998
Summary The Wall Street Journal reports that "Incomplete incident reports allow patterns to escape the agency's attention..A string of engine failures... Backed by powerful computers, mountains of data and a small army of inspectors, the Federal Aviation Administration is supposed to spot and investigate ... patterns...To detect such trouble, the FAA increasingly relies on computers and databases of incident reports file by the carriers. But a review of those pivotal incident reports by the Wall Street Journal indicates that many are entered into the system with crucial data missing, and some are miscoded."
Category General
Pages 3
Keywords component manufacturers;SDR;GAO;emergency landing
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