Gordon Letter to FAA Regarding Aircraft Wiring Safety
July 2, 2008
Hon. Robert Sturgell
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20591
Dear Mr. Administrator:
It has been more than a decade since two airliners - TWA Flight 800 and Swissair Flight 111 - crashed with the loss of four hundred and fifty-nine lives. Subsequent investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada identified faulty wiring as a critical contributing cause in those crashes. Recent events lead me to question whether the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), or the airlines, have fully learned the lessons to be drawn from those tragedies or taken adequate steps to avoid similar aviation accidents.