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Unsafe Skies

A CBS 2 Special Assignment Investigation

May 12, 2003 4:02 pm US/Pacific
(KCBS) In this CBS 2 Special Assignment, investigative reporter Drew Griffin looks at a crippled airline industry struggling to survive, and a growing trend that one whistleblower says is putting safety at risk.

The charges come from a former United mechanic, fired from his job, he says, after he voiced his concerns about what his airline was doing. That airline -- United -- is one of this nation's and the world's safest airlines, and calls the whistleblower a disgruntled ex-employee who is flat-out wrong. But if Tim Hafer is right, there is a danger in the air that no one has told you about.

Special Assignment: "Unsafe Skies" originally aired Monday, May 12, 2003 at 11 p.m.

He was a mechanic for United for eight years, responsible for the constant attention these multimillion-dollar machines require to stay safe.

"And I got to see the dirty laundry so to speak," Tim Hafer says.

And the dirty laundry that bothered Tim Hafer was a process called "outsourcing." United Airlines, like other airlines, has been firing its own mechanics and sending an increasing amount of its maintenance and repair work to subcontractors.

Drew Griffin: "You say it turns into a lower quality of maintenance?"

Hafer: "Yeah."

The problem, says Hafer, is that federal regulations allow subcontractors to hire unlicensed mechanics.

More at:

http://cbs2.com/specialassign/local_story_132191012.html
 
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Barbara,

Very good report. Bet United is rethinking subing out work. The FAA needs to be overhauled.

All my best

Jim
 
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'The FAA needs to be overhauled.'

Hi Jim. Totally agree with you.

Barbara
 
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