Essay on The Accident Of Japan Airlines Flight 123

1980 Words Feb 10th, 2015 8 Pages
Here is a circumstance where a more accurate preflight check could have prevented a crash. It was a single mechanical error that caused the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123. This mechanical error occurred when a bulkhead in the tail section of the Boeing made airplane was not repaired correctly. A row of rivets were not up to par after they were repaired. The maintenance workers didn’t follow the correct procedures in replacing the dysfunctional bulkhead. The rivets and plates used in the repair came apart mid-flight. With a proper pre-flight check, they would have seen and repaired the incorrect plates. This caused a catastrophic crash killing 520 people. This crash made the safety standards for most airlines heighten greatly. The standards should have been raised before the crash. The maintenance manager who was working that day on that airport was found dead some months later believed to have committed suicide to show his sorrow for the fatal error he oversaw as manager. All of the loss in this tragedy could have been prevented with a proper pre-flight check. Since crashes such as this and the crash of the Tenerife flight have caused and initiated the certain agencies and regulations to prevent these crashes. “The crash (of U.N. flight 718 and TWA flight 2) and aftermath also lead to the creation of the Federal Aviation Agency” (Marks 1). The problem with these crashes is that all of them could have been avoided with a proper check and shows that the enforcing of…

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