In an interview, David Soucie, author of Why Planes Crash--An Accident Investigator Fights for Safe Skies, talked about his book and aviation safety. He said that this book describes what it feels like to make safety decisions, and how difficult it is to weigh safety against dollars and people's livelihoods. It encourages safety professionals to make choices based on safety rather than letting the dollar signs make the decisions for them. The book is mostly written from the perspective of when he was a safety inspector for FAA. His main reason for leaving FAA was that government wasn't responding quickly enough to the public's needs. Funding was pulled on an FAA project that he worked on for 4 years. What keeps him motivated with his safety advocacy is having gone to airplane accident sites, having spoken to survivors and to victims' families. The looks on their faces when they find out how easily the accident could've been prevented, that keeps him motivated.
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