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FAA to Review 787 Quality Lapses

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to investigate several quality lapses during the manufacturing process of the Boeing 787, according to an internal FAA memo.  In the memo, dated Aug. 31 2020 and obtained by the Wall Street Journal, the agency is looking into structural quality issues with construction of the aft fuselage section that can potentially affect up to 900 aircraft.  Boeing voluntarily self-disclosed the structural defects to the FAA in August. The plane-maker reportedly said some airplanes…

The ‘Ustica Massacre:’ The 40-Year-Old Aviation Mystery

Almost exactly 40 years ago, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, civil aviation experienced what would become one of the most mysterious accidents of its history. On June 27, 1980, Itavia flight IH 870, operated by the private Italian carrier, departing from Guglielmo Marconi Airport in Bologna, Italy, bound…

Allegiant Stock Slips after ’60 Minutes’ Examines Safety Record

Allegiant Air was the subject of Sunday’s episode of '60 Minutes' on CBS. In roughly 30 minutes, the program scrutinized the airline’s safety record, via interviews from industry and union representatives, passengers, and FAA records or previous incidents. Preceding the  release of the program on Sunday, Allegiant sent a memo to its…

NTSB: Air Canada 759 Crew Didn’t Recall Seeing Aircraft on…

The NTSB issued an update on Wednesday regarding the investigation into the July 7 near miss incident at San Francisco International Airport, in which Air Canada flight 759 landed on taxiway C, adjacent to runway 28R. The A320 initiated a go around after flying over one of four airplanes on…