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Investigators concluded that human failure was not [#permalink]
22 Mar 2005, 14:22
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Investigators concluded that human failure was not responsible for the fatal airplane crash last August, and since that time new and more stringent rules for identifying and reporting mechanical problems have been in effect. That accounts for the fact that reports of airplane mechanical problems have increased in frequency by 50 percent since last August.
Which one of the following is an assumption underlying the argument in the passage?
(A) Airplane travel is still relatively safe, despite the increase in reported mechanical problems.
(B) Mechanical problems in airplanes have increased dramatically since last August.
(C) Mechanical problems in airplanes have not increased by 50 percent since last August.
(D) Airlines are less reluctant to report mechanical problems than they previously were.
(E) Mechanical problems in airplanes have become easier to detect since last August.
If reporting increases by 50% and the problems have not increased by 50%, it means that more mechanical problems are now getting reported - which were earlier not getting reported. This forms the basis of their assertion that more stringent rules for identifying and reporting mechanical problems have bene in effect.