Safety In The Skies Begins At The Faa

When the National Transportation Safety Board investigated this spring's crash of a ValuJet Airlines plane, it found that some mechanics at the SabreTech repair facility in Miami used by ValuJet could not understand English, according to a BUSINESS WEEK investigation. We don't know how widespread this safety problem is, but it appears the Federal Aviation Administration is not adequately supervising the licensing of aircraft mechanics. What's going on here?

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