"I am 100% positive that if Valujet knew how badly THY had maintained that engine, they would not have installed it"
According the the NTSB report AAR
-96-03, there were many lapses in the record keeping and procedures of VJ
and THY and they and their agent who actually evaluated and inspected the equipment should have been circumspect.
I am very well aware that many airlines have been under scrutiny for safety viloations and fines, some very big names and for BIG problems. However, there were several major accidents in a very short amount of time (note, Tower was in operation at the time
) . And the conclusions drawn by the NTSB were disturbing as well-and in the matter of 592, VJ
was not at fault, but they were taken to task about their auditing proceedures of their suppliers, namely Sabretech.
"First - the engine failure was actually on an ex-Delta aircraft, not an ex-THY airplane."
According the the NTSB report I cite, the airframe was an ex-Delta plane, but the engine was purchased from THY (the THY sale was for several planes, spare parts and several more spare engines) and installed on that aircraft during maintenance procedures.
"but don't think for a minute that the airline was intentionally running an unsafe operation."
That was never in question. NO airline EVER wishes to compromise themselves. But airlines are as good as their suppliers and their ability to supervise them.
Before you accuse me of watching too much CNN, you shouldn't be so glib. I have flown over 1 million miles for business and pleasure and aviation is my hobby. (I am a mathemetican and network manager by trade and I worked ubtil 9/11 for an insurance company who re-insured insurers who underwrote aviation hull policies. I had access to all sorts of statistical data regarding commercial aviation) . VJ
made some apalling mistakes.