Francis H. McAdams
Francis H. McAdams, Jr. (December 27, 1915 – December 11, 1985) was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was a longtime member of the United States National Transportation Safety Board. He joined the board on July 31, 1967, having been nominated a few months earlier by President Lyndon Johnson, and was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 20, 1978.
McAdams was a naval aviator of World War II from 1942-1946. He obtained his A.B., LL.B., and LL.M. Law degree from Georgetown University Law School. From 1946 to 1948, McAdams was a corporate and trial attorney for Capital Airlines, and from 1948 to 1951, he was an attorney-trial examiner and air safety investigator for the Civil Aeronautics Board. From 1951 to 1954, he was senior trial attorney for the Civil Aeronautics Board. From 1954 to 1958, McAdams practiced law in Chicago. From 1958 to 1967 he was an assistant to a member of the Civil Aeronautics Board.
He was reappointed to the board at least three times, and stayed on for 16 years. He would often concur with board findings while filing a dissenting report. Usually his opinions were more penetrating to the root causes of the accidents than what the board would issue with its report.[original research?] These addenda were included with the report. (See for example Southern Airways Flight 242.)
McAdams published "Professional immunity and incident reporting" through the Department of Transportation, National Transportation Safety Board in 1977.
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- The Aiken Standard (South Carolina), December 12, 1985, page 19, column 1