The International Herald Tribune of December 11-12, 1999
(article entitled: "Safety Board, Strained, Said to Lean on
Industry") states that the "National Transportation Safety
Board is stretched to the breaking point and is becoming too
dependent on experts from manufacturers and airlines that
have a heavy financial stake in air-crash investigations,
according to an outside report".
On September 13, 1999, Mr. Goodlin of the
Burnelli Company asked Mr. James Hall, Chairman of the National
Transportation Safety Board:
"Why has the NTSB failed to recognize that the
cause of most aircrash fatalities
is due to the fundamental flaws
which are inherent in conventional airliners?"
[Ed.: emphasis added]
Mr. Hall hasn't responded to the question. It
appears however, that the question was answered by
the International Herald Tribune article mentioned above. The NTSB
is dependent on the industry for its investigations. We
have alleged that industry and government have been working hand in hand
and that this has been going on for decades.
The government agencies involved are doing this in violation
of their duties to the public. The article mentioned above
confirms that the NTSB cannot answer the question
posed by the Burnelli company without admitting to wrongdoing.
We hope our readers will make their views known to Mr.
Hall and their Congressmen.