Airports are humming again with COVID restrictions being lifted. That has John and Greg talking about commercial airline safety.
The focus of this episode is maintenance lessons learned from the 1979 American Airlines DC10 accident in Chicago. Greg was just coming on board NTSB when the investigation began and John knows several of the key players involved.
The DC10 involved had been recently had maintenance done that required removal of the engine. The work compromised the pylon arm that comes out from the wing to the top of the engine. The engine fell off on takeoff just 10 days later.
John and Greg walk through the accident and key findings. They also talk about safety recommendations that were never implemented.
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