Airline Safety Essay

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Airline Safety Systems, Parts and Maintenance

In July of 1996, a Boeing 747 carrying the designator Flight 800 took off from Kennedy Airport in New York. On board were two hundred and thirty people who were entrusting their individual safety to an aircraft that had one of the best safety records in the airline industry. The Boeing 747 has been in service for many years, and has been utilized for many different things including the one designated Air Force One. Nine miles off the coast of Long Island the aircraft exploded, killing everybody on board (Adcock 08). The wreckage was strewn over a wide area of the Atlantic Ocean and proved to be very difficult to recover. It took several months to sift through the sand on the ocean
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So far the results show a definite need for the increased maintenance requirements (Adcock 08). When the United States Air Force began to retrofit it's aging fleet of 707 aircraft for use in the Gulf War, it was discovered that the aircraft were in need of complete wiring harness replacement due to cracks and fraying in the current harnesses ("Air Safety Week").

This is not as uncommon a situation as one might think. The safety record of the United States Airlines has remained unparalleled with fewer loss of life accidents per flight than any other airline in the world. The problem that is now being faced is one where there are more aircraft remaining in service much longer than their original design dates. The reasons for this are two fold. The first reason is that the aircraft were originally designed very well and proved to be more resilient than originally thought. The second reason is strictly financial. It is very expensive to purchase new aircraft and it has proven to be a lot less expensive to perform extended maintenance and refit operations on the aging aircraft than to purchase new ones (Adcock 08). The results of these decisions are now being seen in the form of increased accidents and smaller "incidents" with the aircraft in service today.

The age of the aircraft in today's airline inventory is not the only factor that has seen a decade of increasing accidents. The maintenance of every aircraft flown by an airline is
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