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

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Designed as a textbook for courses in ethics, presents the ethical complexity of actual events through a collection of original and published articles, excerpts from official accident reports, congressional hearings, and other writings on the DC-10 and the accidents in which more than 700 people were killed. An introduction to ethical analysis and discussions of the ethical responsibilities involved are also provided. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents



Ethical Analysis of Case Studies
John H. Fielder


1. Regulatory and Institutional Framework

2. High Risks, Sinking Fortunes
John Newhouse

3. Floors, Doors, Latches, and Locks
John Fielder

4. The 1970 Ground Testing Incident
Paul Eddy, Elaine Potter, and Bruce Page

5. National Transportation Safety Board Report on the Windsor Incident

6. The Applegate Memorandum
Paul Eddy, Elaine Potter, and Bruce Page

7. Fat, Dumb, and Happy: The Failure of the FAA
Paul Eddy, Elaine Potter, and Bruce Page

8. Compliance with Service Bulletin SB 52-37

9. Conclusions of the U.S. Senate Oversight Hearings and Investigation of the DC-10 Aircraft


10. French Government Report on the 1974 Paris Crash

11. Engineers Who Kill: Professional Ethics and the Paramountcy of Public Safety
Kenneth Kipnis

12. Whistleblowing, Ethical Obligation, and the DC-10
Douglas Birsch

13. What is Hamlet to McDonnell Douglas or McDonnell Douglas to Hamlet?: DC-10
Peter French

Homer Sewell

14. Statement of John C. Brizendine, President, Douglas Aircraft Company, McDonnell Douglas Corporation


15. National Transportation Safety Board Report on the 1979 Chicago Crash

16. The DC-10: A Special Report
McDonnell Douglas

17. Two Models of Professional Responsibility
Martin Curd and Larry May


18. National Transportation Safety Board Report on the 1989 Sioux City Crash

19. The 1989 Sioux City Crash
John Fielder


20. Statement of Ralph Nader

21. Aviation Safety: Management Improvement Needed in FAA's Airworthiness Directive Program

22. The FAA, the Carriers, and Safety
Charles Perrow

23. International Airline Passengers Association Critique of the DC-10

24. Moral Responsibility for Engineers
Kenneth D. Alpern

Andrew Oldenquist

Samuel C. Florman

Selected Bibliography

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Code of Ethics


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