The United States Senate Committee investigating the crash of the Turkish Airline's DCIO aircraft near Paris in early March was told on Tuesday (26 March) that an apparently illiterate employee at Orly Airport in Franch had probably failed to properly secure a rear cargo door on the aircraft.
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MR. C.O. MILLER: "The empty left-hand cargo door was closed by a rather large man who, we're told was unable to read any of caution placards adjacent to the controls for the door."
Transcript of evidence of Mr. Arvin Basnight of the Federal Aviation Administration follows:
MR. A. BASNIGHT: "There is continually the important matter of exercising judgement. I made by judgement known. I tried as best I could to persuade others."
SENATE COMMITTEE MEMBER: "And you were voted?"
BASNIGHT: "And in fact I was vetoed."
REPORTER: "Do you think if things had been handled differentlythe accident could have been avoided -- which is the clear suggestion?"
SHAFFER: "Sure, if they closed the door properly."
REPORTER: "It's as simple as that?"
SHAFFER: "It's as simple as that."
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Background: The United States Senate Committee investigating the crash of the Turkish Airline's DCIO aircraft near Paris in early March was told on Tuesday (26 March) that an apparently illiterate employee at Orly Airport in Franch had probably failed to properly secure a rear cargo door on the aircraft.
Mr. C.O. Miller, director of the National Transportation Safety Board, told the committee that the employee was unable to read the instructions for securing the door latch.
Multiple evidence at the crash site indicated the insecure door had blown open shortly after take-off, decompressing the empty cargo hold and sending the aircraft plunging into the Ermenoville Forest near paris.
Mr. Miller said the Federal Aviation Authority (F.A.A.), responsible for enforcing airline safety standards, had known of the faulty cargo doors on DCIO aircraft following a report on the near crash of a DCIO in Canada in 1972.
Another witness at the Senate hearing, Mr. Arvin Basnight, also of the F.A.A., said he had been over-ruled when he proposed an order to correct the defective door latches following the 1972 incident.
Transcript of evidence by Mr. C.. Miller of the National Transportation Safety Beard follows: