Representative DeSaulnier Requests GAO Study into Aviation Safety Incidents

February 23, 2018 16:00 pm · 21 comments

Representative Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) has called for a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) review of existing data on aviation safety incidents and an assessment of whether there are any gaps in collection and reporting of critical safety information.

“We are fortunate that our aviation system in this country is so safe that catastrophic accidents are few and far between. To ensure we maintain this high standard for safety, we need to learn everything we can from the kinds of near-miss incidents we’ve seen over the past several months, three of which occurred at SFO,” said Representative Mark DeSaulnier. This study is an important first step in ensuring the FAA is gathering information and addressing these safety concerns in the most effective way possible, and that it is adapting to new conditions and a changing aviation industry.”

In the last seven months, five high profile, “near-miss” incidents have occurred at airports in the United States:

  • July 7, 2017, at San Francisco (SFO): An Air Canada flight lined up to land on a taxiway occupied by four planes loaded with passengers before executing a go-around.
  • October 12, 2017, at SFO: An Air Canada flight landed on a runway in spite of repeated instructions from air traffic control to execute a go-around.
  • November 29, 2017, at Atlanta: A Delta Air Lines plane on approach in low visibility overflew a taxiway occupied by another plane loaded with passengers during a go-around.
  • December 29, 2017, at Pullman, Washington: A Horizon Air plane landed on a taxiway.
  • January 9, 2018, at SFO: An Aeromexico plane lined up to land on the wrong runway, which was occupied by a plane waiting to take off. The Aeromexico plane then executed a go-around.
Town February 23, 2018 at 4:14 PM

This guy again?! Here is your report Mark. The bay area is one of the most complex airspaces in the world, we have more incursions here because SFO has so many take off and landings. The percent of them is quite low when you factor in the numbers. There are also more new commercial pilots in the air since WWII. But hey as long as you look busy…

RANDOM TASK February 23, 2018 at 4:20 PM

sounds like more training is needed EAY!….QUE PASO..

BUT DEFINATLEY I AM SURE THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE MORE QUALIFIED TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE THAT DE/SLACKER

HEY QUE TAL SLACKER WE NEED MORE JOBS AND THE POT HOLES ARE RUINING MY TIRESE FASTER THAN YOUR FREE MONEY CAN BUY THEM

Elwood February 23, 2018 at 4:31 PM

why don’t the other 434 representative and 100 Senators issue asinine statements about everything under the Sun every week?

Cellophane February 23, 2018 at 4:43 PM

I can’t help but wonder just how many of these requests Mark keeps sending out actually do anything?

I also wonder about hot air and global warming.

Anonymous February 23, 2018 at 5:22 PM

Oh for heavens sake Mark. Do you think the FAA isn’t on top of this?
Just be quiet for once.

NunYa February 23, 2018 at 5:38 PM

Just another Democrat saving us from ourselves…

#HillaryForPrison2018

USa February 23, 2018 at 5:46 PM

Paper pusher, nothing more.

slagheap February 23, 2018 at 6:12 PM

trump wants to privatize the FAA’s duties and responsibilities – i.e. make them private, for profit, companies. i’m sure would turn out just peachy ( massive eye-roll. )

USA February 23, 2018 at 6:47 PM

Trump is smart. When you can’t fire or discipline someone because they are under the protection of a government job (hmm, what comes to mind…. DMV?) the people give minimal effort.

Privatization (oooh, for profit, how ugly a thing) makes things work. Someone doesn’t perform, buh bye.

Town February 25, 2018 at 8:09 AM

Wrong. Trump wants to privatize air traffic control, not the FAA.

Citizen February 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Thank you my elected Official Mark DeSaulnier! You are very hard working and extremely creative! We have needed someone like you for a long time!
Thank you!

Pony February 23, 2018 at 7:15 PM

Hey Mark. This isn’t a new thing. I remember pilots landing at the wrong airport/military installation in the US at least ten times a year for most of my 60+ years. Wichita was famous for pilots landing at the AFB not the civil airport.

smee February 23, 2018 at 7:19 PM

slagheap is exactly right. Our critical safety providers like the FAA should not be privatized, as Trump proposes. Would private police and private firefighters better serve the public? Definitely not private FAA functions. Putting profits before safety is a recipe for disaster. The incidents listed in the post were due to pilot error, whom are private business employees, not the air traffic controllers, public employees. They are hardly comparable to the DMV employees.

Mike February 23, 2018 at 8:42 PM

OMG, we have become the movie Idiocracy.

Denier February 24, 2018 at 6:14 AM

Absolutely true!

Cautiously Informed February 23, 2018 at 9:15 PM

Wow! What’s next from that pathetic inept bozo? He stands detached on the sidelines and endlessly makes statements. In reality, be contributes and accomplishes nothing. What an embarrassment.

ClayDen February 23, 2018 at 10:37 PM

I suspect that Mark has just about zero expertise in aviation or aviation safety, yet he’s spouting off again. Is he really the best we can do? If so, WASS.

I disagree with Congressman Swalwell on almost everything, but at least he doesn’t appear to be as clueless as Mark. However, he is a liberal and therefore pretty clueless by definition.

wesley mouch February 24, 2018 at 9:37 AM

Asiana 214 crash at SFO a few years ago… Does Mark know the names of the crew? Check with KTVU; pretty high profile; better get right on it!

Antler February 24, 2018 at 12:13 PM

As someone who loves flying as a passenger and who has close family members in commercial aviation as captains and flight attendants, I welcome safety analysis and oversight at all levels…. from FAA, to local, to closer oversight of the pilots, mechanics, controllers, communications technology, terminal hardscape, and equipment. The flying population is increasing, but infrastructure, etc., is aging out.

This is a non-political issue, people. Be thankful whenever ANY Congressperson tries to attain greater safety for us!

Antler February 24, 2018 at 12:14 PM

As someone who loves flying as a passenger and who has close family members in commercial aviation as captains and flight attendants, I welcome safety analysis and oversight at all levels…. from FAA, to local, to closer oversight of the pilots, mechanics, controllers, communications technology, terminal hardscape, and equipment. The flying population is increasing, but infrastructure, etc., is aging out.

This is non-political issue, people. Be thankful whenever ANY Congressperson tries to attain greater safety for us!

theresa hannah February 24, 2018 at 12:22 PM

FYI, we are having ALOT of small and large plane issues at Buchannon airport in Concord California. I live in Pacheco..i am a homeowner and lived here for over 24 years. it is so bad that you need to look into this as well. FINALLY someone to address the issues. I am just waiting for an accident to happen here…3 accidents in this last year, 1 on the runway, 1 by clyde (the man died) and I by the dodge dealership . we have a freeway in the sky most days 🙁

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