What incident caused the FAA to clamp down and enhance security on airlines in the early 1970s?

Aloha Airlines Flight 243

Summary Explosive decompression caused by metal fatigue and maintenance error
Site Kahului, Hawaii
Aircraft type Boeing 737-297

What did the FAA do?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the agency of the United States Department of Transportation responsible for the regulation and oversight of civil aviation within the U.S., as well as operation and development of the National Airspace System. Its primary mission is to ensure safety of civil aviation.

What caused the ValuJet crash?

On May 11, 1996, the ValuJet Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9 operating the route crashed into the Everglades about 10 minutes after taking off from Miami as a result of a fire in the cargo compartment caused by improperly stored cargo. All 110 people on board died.

What power does the FAA have?

Its powers include air traffic management, certification of personnel and aircraft, setting standards for airports, and protection of U.S. assets during the launch or re-entry of commercial space vehicles.

What year did ValuJet crash?

May 11, 1996
The lives of 110 people killed in a plane crash 25 years ago in the Everglades were remembered Tuesday. The ValuJet flight, headed for Atlanta, crashed May 11, 1996, shortly after taking off from Miami International Airport.

Were any bodies recovered from Flight 592?

Two weeks after 110 people perished when ValuJet Flight 592 plunged into the Everglades, eight victims have been identified from fragmented remains recovered at the crash site.

When did the FAA become the Federal Aviation Administration?

On that day, the Federal Aviation Agency became one of several modal organizations within DOT and received a new name, the Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA ). At the same time, CAB’s accident investigation function was transferred to the new National Transportation Safety Board.

What was the FAA reaction to the ValuJet tragedy?

After a long suspension ValuJet has returned to the air with a renewed commitment to safety. Other airlines, too, have promised to be more careful. And even the FAA has gone through a housecleaning. So by conventional standards the reaction to the tragedy has been admirable.

How did the FAA stay in touch with the airlines?

They had no direct radio link with aircraft, but used telephones to stay in touch with airline dispatchers, airway radio operators, and airport traffic controllers. Although en route ATC became a federal responsibility, local government authorities continued to operate airport towers.

When did the Federal Aviation Agency move to Washington?

The Federal Aviation Agency worked to obtain a headquarters building to consolidate employees in one location, and on November 22, 1963, the Federal Aviation Agency’s Washington headquarters staff began moving into the newly completed Federal Office Building 10A, at 800 Independence Avenue, SW.