AIR SAFETY: Shape Up And Fly Right

Shape Up And Fly Right

After a major air crash, it can take the Federal Aviation Administration months or even years to act to prevent a repeat tragedy. Last week the FAA proposed an order to require DC-10 operators to modify their planes to prevent the kind of hydraulic failure that caused a United Airlines DC-10 to crash in Sioux City, Iowa, last July, leaving 112 dead. Expected to take effect this summer, the order calls on U.S. airlines to install a hydraulic shutoff valve in the tail section of 243 DC-10s at a collective cost of $7.7 million.

The agency acted more swiftly to address...

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