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By Bob Dole
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Topic - Douglas Moss
As United Airlines Flight 731 climbed out of Newark Liberty International Airport with 107 people aboard, the pilot and first officer were startled to find screens that display crucial navigational information were blank or unreadable and radios were dead.
"If they'd had bad weather, they could have lost the airplane, absolutely," said Mr. Moss, who has conducted accident investigations and served as an expert witness in aviation cases. "It was just dumb luck that it was daytime and the visibility was good."
"These things cost money, and the industry is in bad shape, so you have the economics thrown into it. But if the end result is higher airfares and higher cost of transportation, then that is the price we have to pay to ensure a safe transport system," said Mr. Moss, a California-based commercial pilot with 34 years' experience, including 14 years flying Airbuses.