2/18/2008

Some experts say a recent order by a federal judge may make pilots and other workers reluctant to file voluntary incident reports. The order requires a regional airline to provide pilot incident reports to families suing the carrier over a fatal 2006 crash. The Air Transport Association and Southwest Airlines have filed motions asking the judge to reconsider the ruling. "Quite simply, if airline industry personnel know that filing an ASAP report has the potential to embroil them in civil litigation, they will be much less likely to report potential safety problems," Southwest's lawyers wrote.

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