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Dangerous Place to Nap

June 16, 2002

Your travel editor may have thought the photo of a ramp employee lying in an engine inlet was cute ("My Best Shot," June 9), but I saw a potential disaster because one coin fallen from his pocket could cause catastrophic engine failure. Mechanics and cockpit crew inspect the inlets before each flight, but a small coin would be hard to spot on the silver/gray background.

Foreign objects caused the crash of the Air France Concorde in Paris in July 2000 and cost the airline industry millions of dollars each year.

THOM FLYNN, lead mechanic

United Airlines

Aircraft Maintenance

Los Angeles International Airport

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