Science: Plea for Overhauling the FAA

A blue-ribbon panel finds air-safety agency short on skills

Major plane accidents sometimes seem to be the only way to force reforms in air safety. The crash 14 months ago in Chicago of an American Airlines DC-10, a disaster that killed 273 people when the plane's engine fell off, may be one such case. After six months of study, a blue-ribbon panel of 13 aviation experts headed by George M. Low, NASA's longtime No. 2 man and now president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, last week released a firmly critical 118-page report that could lead...

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