Since Flight 191 crashed, air safety has improved dramatically

by nph | May 25th, 2012

May 25, 2012

Today is the anniversary of the crash of American Airline Flight 191 near O’Hare International Airport—one of the deadliest commercial plane accidents in the U.S., reports CBS Chicago.

On May 25, 1979, 271 people were killed when the McDonnell Douglas DC jet lost control and crashed. During takeoff, the left engine, pylon assembly and part of the left wing separated from the plane and crashed down to the runway.

The plane kept going until it was flying sideways, and the wings were vertically oriented. Then the plane crashed into a field.

According to Mark Rosenker, CBS news aviation analyst and former National Transportation Safety Board chairman, flying is safer today, “This was a tragic accident that came as the result of a maintenance flaw where shortcuts were being taken by the maintenance crews.

“We are really looking at the equipment, the training, the oversight, the regulatory activity—all of those things together produce one of the safest periods of aviation in the entire time of commercial aviation.

“In the equipment aspect of it, in the talent that is flying these airplanes, the air traffic controllers that are controlling those aircraft in the air–all of those come together to make it an extremely safe form of transportation.”

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