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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the profiles of air carriers subject to emergency revocation orders and the most common violations that led to revocations; (2) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspection and enforcement history of the air carriers before the emergency revocation orders were issued; and (3) the extent to which key airline owners and managers returned to similar positions in the aviation industry after committing safety violations that led to emergency revocation orders.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Transportation 1. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to develop a formal system to identify and track individuals within or returning to the airline industry who contributed materially to emergency revocations. The Administrator should give priority attention to developing a plan for this system and milestones for its implementation.
Closed - Implemented
In October 1992, FAA implemented an automated system to identify key airline managers and owners that contributed to air carrier certificate revocations.

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