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NTSB calls on airlines to reinstate safety programmes
Following Delta Air Lines' decision to reinstate its Aviation Safety Action Programme (ASAP), the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has called on other carriers to do likewise.
"ASAP is a major component to aviation safety," said NTSB acting chairman Mark Rosenker. "We are hopeful that other carriers, who have recently suspended their ASAP will also see the importance and value of these programmes and quickly reinstate them," he added.
Under ASAP, pilots, mechanics, and dispatchers receive immunity from disciplinary action when they voluntarily report any safety-related incidents. The Safety Board believes that proactive safety programmes, which encourage voluntary disclosure of safety issues, are critical to ensuring aviation safety and identifying problems before they lead to accidents.
The memorandum of understanding signed between the carrier, the Air Line Pilots Association and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will identify and correct safety issues, and prevent accidents, says the Board.
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