the Star – Weak aviation oversight making skies less safe: Opinion

Opinion Commentary by Greg McConnell

After more than a decade of budget cuts, it is little wonder Canada is falling offside when it comes to safety in the air. As a result, the checks and balances that have delivered one of the safest aviation systems in the world are falling victim to cost cutting and misguided management.

Just how close did we come to the worst aviation disaster ever at the San Francisco airport last week?

When the pilots of Air Canada 759 aborted their attempt to land on a taxiway mistaken for a runway, the jet was 81 feet off the ground, and less than 30 feet above the huge airliners lumbering toward take off, full of fuel and people, according to incident reports emerging from the United States.

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