Date: 05 Nov 99 00:04:17 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (AES) Organization: Stanford University References: 1 2 Followups: 1
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> An engineering strike at the time was a major factor, the bolts being > obtained by an engineer who did not normally do the job. A storeman also > pointed out they were wrong but was ignored. This is sure reminiscent of the time some decades back when a United ??? lost *all three engines* over water somewhere S of Miami. IIRC in this case the storeman was away somewhere, so the mechanic doing maintenance on the engines went behind the counter himself and got three oil pressure sensors (?) off the shelf, not realizing that he also needed to go to another shelf to get the O-rings that were needed on the sensor units. Fascinating business, aviation -- what tiny causes can lead to big problems.