Scott Bloch of the US Office of Special Counsel says that the FAA has been reclassifying mistakes for at least a year.
"This cuts to the core of air traffic safety," Bloch says.
He's absolutely right. Cover-ups damage the quality of the performance that is being covered-up. This is true in education as well as public health and air travel.
But will the problems be fixed, or will the whistle-blowers be punished?
My guess is that problems will be covered up, and whistle-blowers will be shut-up by officials who are loyal to the politicallypowerful, but disloyal to the American public.
Here's an article by DAVID WETHE of the Star-Telegram:
"Members of Congress are expressing concern about recent accusations that air traffic controllers and their supervisors at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport are covering up mistakes and in some cases blaming them on pilots.
"Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., chairman of the House Aviation subcommittee, said Friday that he and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, have asked the Federal Aviation Administration to work closely with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
"On Monday, Scott Bloch, who heads the Office of Special Counsel, sent several letters and investigative reports to the Transportation Department.
"The documents detail accusations from two whistle-blowers working for the FAA at D/FW Airport that air traffic controllers were covering up mistakes.
"The mistakes include letting airplanes get too close to one another in the air or on the runway.
"Often, the mistakes would be incorrectly reclassified as pilot error.
"Mike Conely, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association Local D10, which represents controllers in the radar room at D/FW Airport, said air traffic controllers shouldn't be blamed."