Not so long ago, the air transport industry faced a serious dilemma. The rapid growth in air travel in the early 1990s meant that absent a step-change improvement in safety, the industry could reach a point where it sustained one fatal accident per week. Of course such a situation never would have been permitted to develop. No government or regulatory authority could have tolerated it and so aviation growth would have been curtailed, with all this entailed for its ability to continue ...

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