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NASA Cries “Uncle!”

October 31, 2007 | Posted in: Airline News,News,Travel Safety

NASA is reversing itself; the agency now says it WILL release the results of a never-completed airline safety survey, a survey the Associated Press said indicated there were far more near-collisions and other problems than we knew about (and apparently, a lot more than the FAA knew about, as well).

This information, we’re told, will be released “as soon as possible.”

Why hadn’t this information been released before? According to a NASA exec, they feared it “could materially affect the public confidence in…the air carriers and general aviation companies.”

That bothered me, and a lot of other people, as well. I say, if we don’t know if something’s broke, how are we supposed to fix it?

One Response to “NASA Cries “Uncle!””

  1. Really?!? says:

    I am an air traffic controller. Where I work (on the east coast) we are working mandatory 6 day work weeks, and forced 10 hour days most of the time, due to short staffing. We are also falling asleep on the job, so this report that NASA is trying to hide will not surprise me….pay very close attention to it, since if they are like the FAA, most of the truth with be concealed in the details.

    If travelers knew what pretty much the whole ATC workforce knows (which what the FAA won’t tell them), they would probably be driving a lot more often.

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