The 6-million-dollar documentation mistake

Subject: The 6-million-dollar documentation mistake
From: "Paul Pehrson" <paulpehrson -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 12:11:24 -0700

The following article was published in today's Salt Lake Tribune. It
details an incident where a mistake by a mechanic caused over 6
million dollars in damage to an aircraft engine. A contribuiting
factor? A lack of proper documentation for removing landing gear pins
after performing maintenance on the planes.

Here is a quote from the article:

"Investigators concluded that, while Air Force guides correctly
instructed Raptor mechanics to install the landing gear pins before
performing maintenance on the airplanes, there were no similar
step-by-step instructions to ensure mechanics remember to take the
pins out prior to clearing the aircraft for use. "

And here is the article:

Who says documentation isn't important? How many dollars have been
saved (and thus not counted) because of good documentation?

Paul Pehrson
Midvale, UT

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