Dangerously in America
A Faulty Safety System
– Over the past 43 years, the National Transportation Safety Board has issued more than 13,000 recommendations to make travel safer. These recommendations are often delayed or ignored as accidents continue to happen and people continue to die.
The Bush Years
– The NTSB issued far fewer recommendations during the administration of George W. Bush than at any other time in its history, a News21 analysis shows.
The “Most Wanted” List
– The NTSB’s “Most Wanted” list is the main way it pushes regulatory agencies, states and industries to adopt safety measures. Most of the time, it works.
– Pilots and drivers who are too tired to do their jobs frequently commit errors that contribute to accidents. The NTSB has issued 320 fatigue-related recommendations since 1967. More than half have never been implemented.
The Science of Sleep
– U.S. rules governing how much rest airline pilots must get are based on outdated research and lag behind other countries.
Napping in the Cockpit
– Some airlines have begun to encourage their pilots to take naps. While in the cockpit. While the plane is in flight.
Needless Plane Crashes
– Icing on the wings of planes, problems on runways, pilot fatigue and faulty maintenance and repairs are among the most common causes of plane accidents.
Resistance in the Cockpit
– Video recorders in cockpits could help solve the mysteries of thousands of air crashes, but pilots are having none of it.
Repairing Planes on the Cheap
– Faulty repairs are the second leading cause of plane crashes, after pilot error. Yet more planes are being repaired at cheaper shops overseas that get little oversight.
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