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FAA steps up ValuJet inspections

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Agency plans 30-day review

May 15, 1996
Web posted at: 2:10 p.m. EDT

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Without accusing ValuJet of safety violations, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday that it was requiring the no-frills carrier to undergo new inspection procedures.

These include a five-point intensified review over the next 30 days. During a news conference carried live on CNN, FAA chief David Hinson repeated his assertion that ValuJet is "safe to fly" and called the added inspections "additional safety margins." (155K AIFF or WAV sound)

Hinson

Hinson said the maintenance records of every ValuJet aircraft will be "reexamined to ensure the airline is meeting all of the FAA's special requirements relative to older aircraft."

The average age of the 51 planes in the ValuJet fleet is 26.4 years.

"Any ValuJet that fails to meet every regulatory requirement will be taken out of service until those requirements are met," Hinson said.

'Safety czar'

FAA Associate Administrator Anthony Broderick also revealed that ValuJet will voluntarily hire a "safety czar" and review "all mechanical irregularities, air returns, pilot reports and other factors."

ValuJet's aim was to set up by Friday "a schedule under which the airline will reinspect every aircraft in its fleet," he said.

Broderik

During the next 30 days Broderick said the FAA will:

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