After the crash of Valujet 592, a lot more media scrutiny came down on them. The most visible incident they airline had had prior to 592 was the DC-9 that caught fire on the runway at ATL, and after 592, they kept referring to that incident as well. Valujet had a series of aborted takeoffs, mx problems, planes literally coming in on vapors, engine failures, and other problems that caused an audit of the airline and it's mx processes by the FAA. 592 was for the most part blamed on Sabretech, who did some of VJ's heavy mx, with some of the blame placed on the airline due to the fact that the oxygen container (which were off of the MD-80s being readied for service with them) was loaded by Valujet ramp personnel at MIA. Sabretech took much off the blame because they had written on the COMAT manifest that they were "OXY generator, empty", and Valujet was jumped on for allowing HAZMAT on a flight. The FAA even took some of the blame due to its' lack of oversight on Valujet and Sabretech. Valujet surrendered their O.C. when it became apparent that the FAA was fixing to revoke it. Had that crash happened to an airline like American or Delta, the fallout would not have been as bad. The aftermath of 592 was not only the merger with AirTran, but an increased FAA oversight on new-entrant carriers (at least for the first 5 years), Valujet/AirTran improved it's MX program (one of the requirements placed on them for restart) and the crash also gave a black eye to the low-fare airlines that caused several of them to fail. Now if Ryanair were to suffer an accident, the media in Europe may try to do a Valujet redux, and could honestly see the headlines (especially for Rupert Murdoch's rags) lambasting Ryanair and other European low-fare airlines. The introduction of low-fare carriers in Europe gave a new face to independent airlines in Europe. Gone were the small regionals and sometimes sketchy charter airlines that were predominate in Europe. Ryanair and Easyjet have changed the way Europeans travel, and when the unfortunate time comes that they have an accident, one hopes that it will not sound a death knell for them.