The Wall Street Journal reports that "Incomplete incident reports allow patterns to escape the agency's attention..A string of engine failures... Backed by powerful computers, mountains of data and a small army of inspectors, the Federal Aviation Administration is supposed to spot and investigate ... patterns...To detect such trouble, the FAA increasingly relies on computers and databases of incident reports file by the carriers. But a review of those pivotal incident reports by the Wall Street Journal indicates that many are entered into the system with crucial data missing, and some are miscoded."
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