Saturday, August 16, 2008

American Airlines Allowed Unsafe Flights

American Airlines, who's PR machine has been working triple overtime lately trying to keep up with the retarded positions of their upper management, today respectfully disagreed with the FAA who claims they allowed unsafe flights.

American Airlines stated "We do not agree with the FAA's findings and characterizations of American's action in these cases. We believe the proposed penalties are excessive." The following are the list of items that American Airlines does not agree are unsafe:

1. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said that American Airlines deliberately flew two planes 58 times in December with broken parts that made them unsafe to operate under certain conditions and "not airworthy."

2. The agency said that the airline had failed to inspect emergency escape path lighting systems on other planes and that it also had extensive deficiencies in its drug and alcohol testing programs.

3. According to the aviation agency, a pilot said that the autopilot had malfunctioned on one plane during a landing at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

The problem, however, was actually in a motor that adjusts the tail, controlling the up and down pitch of the plane, a part "critical to the safety of flight," the agency said.

The airline decided the plane was not safe for automated landings.

That inability would not have required the plane to be grounded, but the aviation agency said it should have been kept out of certain high-altitude airspace that required close altitude control.

An inspector found that the problem had been misdiagnosed about two days later, and won agreement from a shift supervisor that the problem would be addressed before the plane went back into service.

According to the aviation agency, the plane was put back in service anyway, because the information had not been entered in a computer system.

Because of additional miscommunications, the part was not fixed until after an additional 18 flights.

4. In another case, maintenance workers reacted to a failure on landing by warning the cockpit crew not to use the autopilot. The autopilot was working, but the problem was in a radio altimeter.

Because of the malfunctioning radio altimeter, low-altitude warning equipment - which also warns the crew if it forgets to lower the landing gear - was not working. That meant the plane, unknown to the crew, could not legally land at certain airports.

5. The government said the company also gave advance notice to employees of drug and alcohol tests, which it was not supposed to do, and set up the tests in a way that allowed some employees to avoid them.

It failed to do proper follow-up drug and alcohol tests on 35 employees who tested positive or whose samples might have been adulterated or substituted, the agency said, allowing them to continue in "safety-sensitive functions." They included pilots, flight attendants and mechanics.

It allowed 25 employees to continue working even though they had refused to take follow-up tests, the agency said.

So it is easily understandable how American Airlines feels that the FAA is making way to big of a deal of all this "safety and drug testing stuff", an American Airlines spokesman said as he fired up a $15 crack rock.

American Airlines, in response to the FAA report that basically said they have no random drug testing and even if they did it doesn't seem to care, stated "American Airlines is committed to a drug free flight to all passengers who pay the $20 fee for a pilot who isn't high on glue."

American Airlines also plans to start incorporating a policy directing passengers to carry assigned spare airplane parts they are handed at check in to ensure any maintenance deficiencies are handled en route.

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