The DC-10 Case: A Study in Applied Ethics, Technology, and Society

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SUNY Press, 1992 - Social Science - 346 pages
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Designed as a textbook for courses in ethics, this book provides the material needed to understand the accidents in which more that 700 people were killed accidents that many believe were the result of unethical actions and inactions by individuals, organizations, and government agencies. An introduction to ethical analysis and discussions of the ethical responsibilities involved are also provided. The case study offers material for a sustained inquiry into every level of ethical responsibility reflecting the rich ethical complexity of actual events.
The DC-10 Case presents these issues through a collection of original and published articles, excerpts from official accident reports, congressional hearings, and other writing on the DC-10. The authors allow the readers to examine the ethical issues of airline safety as they actually occur, taking account of the circumstances in which they arise."
 

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Contents

Ethical Analysis of Case Studies
13
Regulatory and Institutional Framework
29
High Risks Sinking Fortunes
55
Floors Doors Latches and Locks
69
The 1970 Ground Testing Incident
83
National Transportation Safety Board Report
93
The Applegate Memorandum
101
The Failure of the FAA
109
Statement of John C Brizendine President Douglas
199
National Transportation Safety Board Report
207
A Special Report
227
Two Models of Professional Responsibility
237
National Transportation Safety Board Report
247
The 1989 Sioux City Crash
265
Statement of Ralph Nader
277
Management Improvement Needed
289

Compliance with Service Bulletin SB 5237
123
Conclusions of the U S Senate Oversight Hearings
127
PARIS CRASH
135
Professional Ethics and the
143
Whistleblowing Ethical Obligation and the DC10
161
What is Hamlet to McDonnel Douglas or
177
Commentary
193
The FAA the Carriers and Safety
299
International Airline Passengers Association
307
Moral Responsibility for Engineers
315
Commentary
327
Select Bibliography
337
Index
343
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John H. Fielder and Douglas Birsch are both Associate Professors of Philosophy at Villanova University.

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