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engine Subsequently, the cause of engine failure was determined to be a break in the linkage of the fuel controller system. So all aircraft with this type fuel system were grounded for inspection to be sure the same thing would not happen to some other guys.

If we had the gangstart modification, it would never have happened. We had the paperwork, but no parts. If we had cut through that higher headquarters feedback two weeks sooner like, "the exigencies of the situation preclude the economical feasible modification," which is bureaucrateeze for "I don't understand it, I don't want to make a decision, and I'm waiting for retirement," the pilot's five kids would still have a father.

So when you're dealing with flight safety items, you are really in a race against time in something that is really a matter of life and death.