This Instills Confidence in Flying … Airplane Mechanics Who can’t or Speak English


Reading, Writing and Airplane Mechanics …

Flying the Friendly Sky’s, even if the mechanics cannot read English, Huh? Don’t you think that it would be a prerequisite to fixing a plane to at least be able to read the very repair manual that goes with said plane? How could the FAA allow such incompetence? The FAA tries to protect us from terrorism, makes us take our shoes off and search us before boarding a plane, yet the very mechanics who work on the planes may not even be able to speak or read English and the repair manual. GOOD GRIEF!

The following bit of news should probably come as a surprise to many and make one question the safety of airplane travel. A recent report from WFAA has revealed that numerous mechanics who work on airplanes cannot read.

There is evidence of years of problems in testing these mechanics. There is also evidence that hundreds of mechanics with questionable licenses are working on aircraft in Texas.

Now there is evidence of repair facilities hiring low-wage mechanics who can’t read English.

Exactly how is it possible that a mechanic who would need to read repair manuals cannot read? Well, it would appear that they can’t read English, because they can’t speak it either. Just another case of our government looking out for us.

One reason for the crash, investigators found, was that mechanics incorrectly connected the cables to some of the plane’s control surfaces in the repair shop. The FAA was cited for improper oversight of the repair process.

Repairing airplanes is a complicated business. Airplanes have many manuals. Typically, when mechanics repair a part, they open the manual, consult the book, and make the repair step-by-step, as if it were a recipe book.

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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “This Instills Confidence in Flying … Airplane Mechanics Who can’t or Speak English”

    1. Carpe on May 20th, 2009 12:09 pm

      Boy, I tell you…

      from transgender doo-wop darlins sending cell phone text messages while driving trolleys…

      to Poncho no being able to speakie da ingles…

      It makes me want to take up biking again. This
      world is a little nutty, buddy.

    2. Michelle Smith on May 20th, 2009 1:17 pm

      I hear ya Carpe. The whole world has gone mad.

    3. john staton on May 20th, 2009 5:39 pm

      Recently took 4 flights on American. 2 of the 4 (50%) held for repairs. 5 hours in total. Gave us that feeling of confidence I must say..JS

    4. nurturer on May 21st, 2009 10:04 am

      That’s why there are two wings on a plane. In case one falls off, the other kicks in. It’s called ‘redundancy’.

    5. Dolf on May 22nd, 2009 8:41 am


    6. Michelle Smith on May 22nd, 2009 10:45 am

      YOYO & HOPE probably don’t mind having illegals who can’t read or speak english working on planes and other things in this country that could pose a problem and put lives in dangre. Remember,they care more about the criminals than their own people.

    7. yoyo muffintop on May 22nd, 2009 12:59 pm

      #6 – that’s strange that you would reference me on a thread I haven’t posted on. Where in the above article did it say anything about “illegals” or “criminals”? Maybe you need to take a breath?

      A month ago I’m on the tarmac in Burbank and the pilot comes on and says there’s an engine leak so we are going to be delayed while a mechanic comes to look at it. I’m sitting right by the engine so I’m watching as 2 guys come and eyeball it for 20 mins. Then some guy in a cart shows up and he starts fixing something while reading from a manual with a flashlight. Flipping thru pages while reading with a flashlight!
      They leave, the pilot comes on and says “still slightly leaking but it won’t effect the flight” and we take off.

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