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The Next CrashHow Short-Term Profit Seeking Trumps Airline Safety$
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Dean J. Franco

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452857

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452857.001.0001

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The Roots of Turbulence

The Roots of Turbulence

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The Next Crash

Amy L. Fraher

Cornell University Press

This chapter traces the roots of safety-related problems in the U.S. airline industry. It provides a historical background on air traffic control and highlights the power struggle between pilot influence and airplane controllability within airlines and manufacturers over the issue of aircraft design. It also analyzes the financial crisis of 2008 in order to look for trends that may prove helpful in identifying problems in the aviation industry, with particular emphasis on signs of gamesmanship and short-term profit seeking that have become so pervasive in post-9/11 aviation. Finally, it looks at a number of airline accidents to highlight some of the imperfections in air traffic regulations. It argues that regulators often did not pay enough attention to airline safety, reacting only and conducting investigations after several accidents and numerous fatalities.

Keywords:   airline industry, airlines, aircraft design, aviation industry, 2008 financial crisis, profit seeking, airline accidents, air traffic regulations, airline safety, air traffic control

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