Flynn Scrutinized for Atlas Safety Record

Amtrak President select William J. Flynn is being scrutinized for the safety records of the airlines that he oversaw during his time at Atlas Air Worldwide.

Pilots for Atlas, which is a freight and charter operation comprised of three carriers, have suggested that safety has not been among Flynn’s priorities.

Business Insider reported that the pilots contend Atlas has hired inexperienced and inadequately qualified pilots.

The BI report also said union leaders and pilots have been concerned about “shoddy training standards, fatigue and overwork, poor morale, and below-industry pay.”

These conditions, the pilots said, have reduced the level of safety at Atlas.

Atlas has for the past three years been locked in contentious contract negotiations with its pilots.

In February 2019 an Atlas Boeing 767 flying under contract for Amazon crashed while approaching Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport, killing both pilots and a pilot from another airline who was riding in the flight deck jump seat.

Although the National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the crash, it did release a statement agreeing in part with concerns raised by pilots about what they termed a lack of emphasis on safety and training standards.

Following that crash Flynn said in a prepared statement that some concerns that had been raised about safety at Atlas were “misleading and inaccurate, and inappropriately connect the Flight 3591 tragedy with ongoing contract negotiations.”

Flynn’s statement said Atlas has worked hard since its founding more than 25 years ago “to earn and maintain a record of safety and compliance.”

Flynn is scheduled to become Amtrak’s next president and CEO on April 15.

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