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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.06.05)

Aero-News: Quote of the Day

ANN's Quote of the Day usually derives from current news, though we reserve the right to pick quotes out of history that have a bearing on the day's events and issues.

Sometimes, you'll find them timely and in keeping with the content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be thought-provoking.

Reader suggestions and comments are welcome... and if particularly intriguing, timely, or poignant, may themselves become future Quotes of the Day.

Let us hear from you, folks!

Aero-News Quote of the Day

"The NTSB has done a lot of good work that has tremendously improved the safety of air travel... and in fairness to the NTSB, I must point out that this accident was its first big investigation. I know their procedures have improved in the years since. But in fairness to the people who died in this accident and their families, I must also make the point that the NTSB should admit if mistakes were made. It's the right thing to do."

Source: Paul Houle, whose initial curiosity into a 1967 midair collision involving a Piedmont Airlines 727 and a Cessna 310 evolved into an exhaustive research effort into the initial NTSB ruling on the accident that the Cessna pilot was to blame for the loss of 82 lives -- which was perhaps compromised by the fact the lead investigator's brother was a Vice President with Piedmont. Houle has petitioned the NTSB to revisit the case.

FMI: Read the original 1967 Probable Cause Report


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