Airline Maintenance Comes Under Scrutiny

Last week, several House members introduced a bill to direct the FAA and Transportation Security Administration to impose tightened security rules and audits on foreign repair stations.

According to statistics cited by Barimo, maintenance-related accident rates by U.S. carriers have fallen from 0.5 per 100,000 departures in 1997 to virtually zero since 2004, even as outsourcing has soared. "U.S. air carrier accidents are rare and random,'' he said.

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