This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report.
Please investigate this sad affair: This situation shows the poor judgment of our QA Supervisors that results when cost and schedule concerns trump quality or flight safety concerns. It also shows the poor engineering skills of our engineers by inference only. This situation involves (name), fellow line inspector, and I only know what he told me, so you’ll have to get with him for details. It involves safety cable installations. (The BAC spec section) states that .XXX" diameter safety cable is to be installed only in holes that are .XXX" maximum diameter, and that .XXX" and .XXX" diameter safety cable is to be installed only in holes that are .XXX" maximum diameter. While BAC specs rarely tell you why a requirement exists in the spec (they only list the requirements) the reason for this one is pretty obvious. It is so the ferrules on the safety cable do not pull through a hole that is larger in diameter than the ferrule’s diameter, making the safety cable useless. I believe this incident involves the (part number) bracket (reference (drawing) installation on sheet 34), and might have happened prior to 10/6/01.
The Last Inspector