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Now -- real state is looking up safety in the air is not.
According to a new report and listen to this shocking.
The FAA is doing a -- job overseeing the repair and maintenance.
Of our nation's jetliners.
A new report from the inspector general for the Department of Transportation shows.
Repair errors lots of them.
Lack of training lax oversight with more on this Peter -- the former managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board Peter thanks for coming on today.
-- you surprised by this report.
Really I mean it was a tough report but -- you know we do have.
A very safe system and we know the FAA the carriers.
And the manufacturers for that system but this report really highlighted some shorts shortcomings.
In a very complex system.
You know I got to -- -- I was really amazed by this report I felt like.
Were sort of being duped into thinking that the system is safe and yet there are big problems.
Most of this oversight most of this repair and maintenance -- outsourced by the major airlines so oversight is even more important.
And here's what the report said.
In part that they've picked out a 119 randomly selected work orders 92 of them had errors.
And this is another quote from the report.
But to me I can't tell you appear that is a pretty damning hit -- It is it is a high rate and and the IG was correct in pointing it out but let's look at this year you've mentioned outsourcing.
Most of the major airlines now are outsourcing.
Part if not all of their maintenance.
That means they've got to be supervising those guys as well as the FAA has got to be supervising.
But in the heavy maintenance operation.
What they call a -- check -- AIG.
We're really paperwork issues the question is.
Is the FAA looking at the risk factors that can cause a catastrophic failure.
And that's where the concern is they've got their focus.
On the repairs.
And the -- being done to the safety of flight issues I mean.
The fall -- this is not a question Peter that's my question is are we safe.
This is a damning report with let me tell you the wording -- it is you know I wrote it raise my eyebrows it's shocking.
Do you think we're safe out there are are they ignoring things that could ultimately lead to a jetliner going down.
I think we are safe I think the system really has so many levels.
Of checks and double checks but this is a wake up call -- you know -- the FDA is bumped up against sequester.
Inspectors don't have the travel budgets that they used to have training has been cut at -- at some point.
We -- Washington -- gonna have to figure out what's really important and how do we -- -- and safety has got to be at the top of that agenda.
But Peter I -- encouraged at all by the statements in the report that said some of these folks were riding down the things that were wrong with these airlines on a piece of paper not a checklist not something that was printed out.
This wasn't onto a laptop or on to a federal form hand scratched on -- -- -- Is that any way to run repair and maintenance of the nation's jet -- Now it isn't and you know some of these maintenance operations.
You know they really need more close supervision.
We gotta give the FAA the horses to do it.
All right Peter thanks for coming on tonight appreciate your coming up you -- great conversation.
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