Letters: Apr. 21, 1997


Following her staged resignation as Inspector General of the Department of Transportation, Mary Schiavo in her book [BUSINESS, March 31] managed to blame, variously, the Federal Aviation Administration, airline managements and the use of bogus aircraft parts in claiming that flying has become unacceptably risky. If Schiavo chose to interpret safety statistics accurately, she would note that 65% of the tiny number of air accidents are caused not by faulty equipment linked to cost cutting or due to the age of the aircraft but as a result of human error in the cockpit. Schiavo and other critics merely cause...

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