The National Transportation Safety Board

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into an aircraft accident on April 28, 1988, a Boeing 737-200, N73711, operated by Aloha Airlines Inc., as flight 243, exhibited signs of human error. “The aircraft experienced an explosive decompression and structural failure while flying from Hilo to Honolulu, Hawaii. Approximately 18 feet from the cabin skin and structure aft of the cabin entrance door and above the passenger floor line separated from the airplane during flight (National Transportation Safety Board, 1989). The NTSB determined that the probable cause of this accident was “the failure of the Aloha Airlines maintenance program to detect the presence of significant disbonding and fatigue damage which ultimately led to failure of the lap joint a S-10L and the separation of the fuselage upper lobe” (National Transportation Safety Board, 1989). There were other contributing factors, for example, failure of management to supervise properly its maintenance force and the failure of governing officials to ensure that all directives and inspections were complied with by the FAA (National Transportation Safety Board, 1989). On September 28, 2007 American Airlines flight 1400 experienced an in-flight engine fire during departure climb from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL), St. Louis, Missouri. During the return to STL, the nose landing gear failed to extend, and the flight crew executed a go-around, during which the crew extended the nose
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