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Nation IN BRIEF : WASHINGTON, D.C. : Safety Inspections Poor, FAA Foes Say

May 01, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Federal Aviation Administration came under sharp attack at a Senate hearing as industry officials and congressional investigators asserted that airline passengers' safety too often depends on poorly trained inspectors and a mismanaged computer system. One FAA inspector, who testified behind a screen out of fear of agency reprisal, said he was trained on commuter planes but was forced to inspect big jets. An ex-inspector with an airline, who also testified behind a screen, said he was ordered to hide violations.

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