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European aviation hangs whistleblowers out to dry

The people most likely to have seen the need to address safety issues with the aircraft you are about to board, are the aircraft engineers.

Airline ordered to pay $400,000 To ‘whistleblower’

NORWALK - Federal authorities have ordered a Connecticut-based cargo airline to pay more than $400,000 to a flight crew member who was fired after raising safety concerns.

Airline Safety: A Whistleblower’s Tale

After mechanics at Northwest Airlines went out on strike on Aug. 20, 2005, Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector Mark Lund began to see troubling signs. One replacement mechanic didn't know how to test an engine. Another couldn't close a cabin door. Many did not seem properly trained. In Lund's view, their inexperience resulted in dangerous mistakes.