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Author Cobb, Roger W.

Title The plane truth : airline crashes, the media, and transportation policy / Roger W. Cobb and David M. Primo
Published Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, [2003]


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Description x, 207 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Plane crashes and public policy -- After the crash -- Death in the skies in the 1990s -- The crash of USAir flight 427 -- The crash of ValuJet flight 592 -- The crash of TWA flight 800 -- Safety versus security in the wake of September 11 -- Safety and symbolism in aviation politics
Summary Annotation. "In The Plane Truth, Roger Cobb and David Primo examine the impact of high-visibility plane crashes on airline transportation policy. Regulation is disjointed and reactive, in part due to extensive media coverage of airline disasters. The authors describe the typical responses of various players - elected officials, investigative agencies, airlines, and the media. While all agree that safety is the primary concern in air travel, failure to agree on a definition of safety leads to policy conflicts." "Looking at all airline crashes in the 1990s, the authors examine how particular features of an accident correspond to the level of media attention it receives, as well as how airline disasters affect subsequent actions by the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration, and others. Three accidents are considered in detail: USAir flight 427 (September 1994), ValuJet flight 592 (May 1996), and TWA flight 800 (July 1996). The authors also discuss how the September 11 terrorist attacks turned attention away from safety and toward security."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-193) and index
Subject Aircraft accidents.
Author Primo, David M.
Brookings Institution.
LC no. 2003000072
ISBN 0815771983 cloth alkaline paper
0815771991 paperback alkaline paper