From: email@example.com (Bob Niland) Organization: Colorado SuperNet Date: 07 Jul 96 14:09:01 References: 1
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Mark Bell (msb@SEI.CMU.EDU) wrote: > Start Quote : > "A Gannett Newspapers analysis of internal FAA documents found that > ValuJet has been an airline with a troubling pattern of sloppy > operations and maintenance long before the May 11 crash. Although ValueJet's corporate culture may have made them the most likely candidate for an oxygen generator incident, I have to wonder if the proximate cause of the accident won't actually turn out to be illiteracy. It's easy to imagine that the precision of terminology found nearly world-wide in cockpits and ATC does not extend to contract techs or cargo hangers, and that a sequence something like this made it possible for live, un-safetied oxygen generators to get on board: - generators removed and marked "expired" - "expired" was re-written as "used" - "used" was assumed to be "discharged" If any non-English speakers were in the chain of custody, this process could have taken even fewer steps. What standards, if any, apply to reporting on the status of these generators? If random local colloquial speech is used, this accident has been just waiting to happen for a long time, to any airline that carries "expired" OGs as cargo. Regards, 1001-A East Harmony Road Bob Niland Suite 503 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org Fort Collins Unless otherwise specifically stated, Colorado 80525 USA expressing personal opinions and NOT speaking for any employer, client or Internet Service Provider.