GAO: No need to release pilot safety study

04/9/2009 | Washington Post, The

The Government Accountability Office has closed an investigation into NASA's $11 million flight safety study without releasing any findings to the public. Between 2001 and 2004, a NASA contractor conducted phone interviews with 30,000 airline and general aviation pilots, posing dozens of questions regarding safety incidents such as bird strikes. But poorly designed research methodology rendered the findings useless, the GAO concluded, and correcting the data would be prohibitively expensive.

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