Sabotage on the Assembly Line

June 13, 2006
There is no room for sabotage anywhere, much less aviation.
As I scanned through the newsfeeds this morning looking for news items to upload to our website, I couldn’t believe my eyes as I read one of the articles. In disbelief, I had to re-read the article in front of me on my computer monitor. Sure enough, my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me. There in black and white was an AP news item titled Airbus Launches Investigation After Three Cables Cut On A380 Being Assembled. It talked about an incident last week where some cables were cut on an A380 on the assembly line. It appears that the "cables" referred to in the article were electrical wires.

It is still early in the investigation, but Airbus believes the wires were intentionally cut. If that is the case, I hope they find the sorry SOB that cut those wires. That incident isn’t just a case of mischievousness; it goes much further than that, and whoever is responsible for it should be appropriately punished.

We have a hard time trying to promote our professionalism to the general public. We try to educate them on the jobs we do and our responsibility for the safe operation of the aircraft they fly on. We try to show that we are professionals and should be compensated as such.

Then some bozo goes and does something stupid like this. Like the old saying goes, "One aw shit wipes away a whole bunch of atta boys."

Thanks for reading!

Joe Escobar