If you are like the average airline consumer, you probably are not educated about aviation and the engineering and maintenance involved in the industry. You are probably someone who just hopes for the best when you are boarding an aircraft, anxious to touch down safely on the soil of your travel destination.
It is safe to say that many airline passengers put blind faith in the idea that those responsible for the aircraft's manufacturing, maintenance and flight know what they are doing and do it well. A Vanity Fair piece suggests, however, that that faith not only is blind, but perhaps misguided.
Sources report that the majority of our national airlines send their air crafts abroad to be fixed. In the grand scheme of business operations in the U.S., outsourcing work internationally is not an unfamiliar trend. Companies do it to save money; it is no different for airlines, including U.S. Airways, Southwest and United.
Outsourcing air craft maintenance presents a safety concern that calls the business process into question more so than in other companies' circumstances. The placement of every bolt, serving tray and door, for example, can be crucial to the safety of an airplane.
Vanity Fair claims that the most maintenance workers in places like El Salvador and Mexico are not F.A.A. certified. Not only that, but many are reportedly not proficient in English, the language in which air craft manuals are written. This combination of lacking knowledge is enough to scare any passenger.
But shouldn't it scare and therefore move the Department of Transportation and F.A.A. to better regulate the maintenance processes of our nation's airlines? With the status quo of outsourcing plane maintenance, it's difficult for the F.A.A. to inspect the safety of supposedly fixed air crafts. This could lead to missed maintenance errors that can cause otherwise preventable accidents.
Various hands go into the manufacturing, maintenance and overall handling of airplanes. This can make litigation following an accident daunting and complex. Relying on a personal injury team with experience working on aviation accident cases can help victims find clarity in what is the best direction for their case.