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How are aircraft product failures reported?

When you step aboard an aircraft, you trust that the plane will get you to your desired destination safely. To ensure the aircraft is safe to fly under high stress, heavy pressure and volatile weather conditions, it is critical that all of the parts of the plane are designed to work properly and are in perfect working condition. All product manufacturers are required to report any malfunctions, system failures and product defects that occur in order to minimize the risk of a catastrophic event.

All types of failures and defects must be disclosed, including the following:

  •      Engine exhaust system defects or engine failure
  •      Accumulation of toxic fumes in the passenger cabin
  •      Leakage of flammable fluid
  •      Fatigue, corrosion or structural defect
  •      Problems with the electrical system or hydraulic power system

Under federal statutes, all defects or malfunctions must be reported to the Federal Aviation Administration within 24 hours of when the problem was discovered. In addition to reporting what parts are affected in the malfunction and what the specific problem is, the manufacturer should include what can be done to fix the problem and what this remedy entails.

It is critical that all aircraft undergo regular inspections to ensure any defects or problems are found before an accident occurs. Many lives can be saved by careful inspection of products, attention to detail and maintenance. If all of these regulations are followed, problems can be caught before they impact the flight.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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