According to a safety audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization, commercial airline operators have an average safety compliance rate of only 60% and regulators have a manning rate that is only 24% of optimum, noted Aircraft Engineers International officials at AEI's International Congress. "Pressure on aircraft engineers to overlook safety issues has been steadily increasing as the priority for airlines shifts from safety to profit," said AEI President Robert Alway. "Regulators need to do more to protect aircraft engineers who report safety problems. After all, their actions could well prevent an accident and that is most certainly in the public interest."
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