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AVIATION SAFETY: ISSUES RAISED BY
THE CRASH OF VALUJET FLIGHT 592

(104-48)

HEARING

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE ON

AVIATION

COMMITTEE ON
TRANSPORTATION AND

INFRASTRUCTURE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

ONE HUNDRED FOURTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

JUNE 25, 1996

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COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

BUD SHUSTER, Pennsylvania, Chairman DON YOUNG, Alaska

JAMES L. OBERSTAR, Minnesota WILLIAM F. CLINGER, JR., Pennsylvania NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin

ROBERT A. BORSKI, Pennsylvania SHERWOOD L. BOEHLERT, New York WILLIAM O. LIPINSKI, Ilinois HERBERT H. BATEMAN, Virginia

ROBERT E. WISE, JR., West Virginia HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina

JAMES A. TRAFICANT, JR., Ohio JOHN J. DUNCAN, JR., Tennessee

PETER A. DEFAZIO, Oregon SUSAN MOLINARI, New York

BOB CLEMENT, Tennessee WILLIAM H. ZELIFF, JR., New Hampshire JERRY F. COSTELLO, Illinois THOMAS W. EWING, Ilinois

PETE GEREN, Texas WAYNE T. GILCHREST, Maryland

GLENN POSHARD, Illinois Y. TIM HUTCHINSON, Arkansas

BUD CRAMER, Alabama BILL BAKER, California

BARBARA-ROSE COLLINS, Michigan JAY KIM, California

ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, District of STEPHEN HORN, California

Columbia BOB FRANKS, New Jersey

JERROLD NADLER, New York PETER I. BLUTE, Massachusetts

PAT DANNER, Missouri JOHN L. MICA, Florida

ROBERT MENENDEZ, New Jersey JACK QUINN, New York

JAMES E. CLYBURN, South Carolina TILLIE K. FOWLER, Florida

CORRINE BROWN, Florida VERNON J. EHLERS, Michigan

JAMES A. BARCIA, Michigan SPENCER T. BACHUS, Alabama

BOB FILNER, California JERRY WELLER, Illinois

EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas ZACH WAMP, Tennessee

BILL K. BREWSTER, Oklahoma TOM LATHAM, Iowa

KAREN MCCARTHY, Missouri STEVEN C. LATOURETTE, Ohio

FRANK MASCARA, Pennsylvania ANDREA SEASTRAND, California

THOMAS C. SAWYER, Ohio RANDY TATE, Washington

GENE TAYLOR, Mississippi SUE KELLY, New York

JUANITA MILLENDER-MCDONALD, RAY LAHOOD, Nlinois

California
BILL MARTINI, New Jersey

ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland
DAN FRISA, New York
TODD TIAHRT, Kansas
RICHARD H. BAKER, Louisiana

SUBCOMMITTEE ON AVIATION

JOHN J. DUNCAN, JR., Tennessee, Chairman
JERRY WELLER, Illinois, Vice-Chairman WILLIAM O. LIPINSKI, Nlinois
WILLIAM F. CLINGER, JR., Pennsylvania JERRY F. COSTELLO, Illinois
HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina

JAMES A. TRAFICANT, JR., Ohio
WILLIAM H. ZELIFF, JR., New Hampshire PETER A. DEFAZIO, Oregon
THOMAS W. EWING, Illinois

BUD CRAMER, Alabama Y. TIM HUTCHINSON, Arkansas

BARBARA-ROSE COLLINS, Michigan JAY KIM, California

JERROLD NADLER, New York VERNON J. EHLERS, Michigan

PAT DANNER, Missouri SPENCER T. BACHUS, Alabama

ROBERT MENENDEZ, New Jersey ANDREA SEASTRAND, California

JAMES E. CLYBURN, South Carolina RANDY TATE, Washington

CORRINE BROWN, Florida SUE KELLY, New York

PETE GEREN, Texas RAY LAHOOD, Illinois

JAMES L. OBERSTAR, Minnesota BILL MARTINI, New Jersey

(Ex Officio) BUD SHUSTER, Pennsylvania

(Ex Officio)

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CONTENTS

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220

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Bollinger, Martin J., Vice President, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc
Cohen, Hon. William S., a U.S. Senator from Maine
Hall, Jim, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board
Hinson, David R., Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. De-

partment of Transportation, accompanied by Anthony Broderick, Associate

Administrator for Regulation and Certification

Jordan, Lewis, President, ValuJet Airlines, Inc

Schiavo, Mary, Inspector General, Department of Transportation, accom-

panied by Todd J. Zinser, Assistant Inspector General

Townes, Steven D., President, SabreTech, Inc

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SUBMISSIONS FOR THE RECORD

Broderick, Anthony, Associate Administrator for Regulation and Certification,

Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, re-

sponse to question from Rep. Bachus
Cohen, Hon. William S., a U.S. Senator from Maine, Press Release, Cohen

Questions Why FAA Did Not Act Sooner on ValuJet; Outlines Reforms

Needed to Ensure Air Safety, June 25, 1996
Hall, Jim, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board:
Safety recommendation A-80–130, regarding seat crashworthiness aboard

general aviation aircraft, issued December 21, 1980, closed October, 26,

1988

Hinson, David R., Administrator, Federal Aviation Administrator, U.S. De-

partment of Transportation:

Response to question from Rep. Coble

Response to question from Rep. Brown

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