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    Cut-Price Tragedy

    Investigations revealed many deficiencies in airline maintenance procedures, as a result from cost cutting.


    "Cut-Price Tragedy" discusses the crash of a ValuJet-owned, McDonnell Douglas DC9 aircraft into the Florida Everglades, near Miami International Airport, on May 11, 1996.

    Behind the scenes, investigators found a range of issues involving the cut-price nature of the business, with outsourcing of most tasks, including heavy maintenance, and poor surveillance of quality by both the airline and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The fatal crash investigation also uncovered an FAA memo recommending that Valuejet be grounded.

    The FAA was compromised by having two tasks that were at odds with each other: they were supposed to regulate the industry, as well as promote the industry. On one hand, supposed to be corporate watchdogs, but also ensure all assistance was rendered in the promotion of the industry. Disturbingly, some indications were that mismanagement of key information was deliberate.

    Location: U.S.A

    Training Applications:

    • Handling and transport of dangerous goods
    • Emergency procedures
    • Safety and rescue systems
    • Management decision making – profitability vs. safety considerations
    • Statutory policymaking
    • Safety design issues vs. cost cutting
    • Contractor and subcontractor issues
    • Inter-agency conflicts.
    • Aircraft engineering

    BBC Disaster Series:

    The 11-part BBC Disaster Series examines case studies of major disasters from around the world from various industries, such as oil and gas, transport, aviation, aeronautics and space, chemical manufacturing and hospitality. Read more

    Contents of the package:
    CD with the following support material:

    • Facilitator’s Guide, including Facilitator’s Checklist
    • Facilitator’s Slide Guide
    • Participants’ Handouts
    • MS PowerPoint presentation

    Other DVDs in the Series:

    Spiral to Disaster: Piper Alpha Training Package

    Crash in the Dark: The Severn Tunnel Train Crash

    Unflyable Plane Training Package

    Channel Tunnel Fire Training Package

    Major Malfunction Training Package

    Kansas City - Death by Design Training Package

    Wrong Stuff Training Package

    Piper Alpha: Human Price of Oil Training Package

    Kings Cross: Beneath the Flames Training Package

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    Country of production: United Kingdom  
    Duration: 30 minutes  
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