tombstone engineering

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tombstone engineering (uncountable)

  1. The practice of letting accidents or failures (perhaps occasioning death, but not necessarily) identify engineering problems.
    2005: The media have the power to drive the FAA to actions that may not directly benefit safety but are very reactive to accidents, then they turn around and accuse the FAA of tombstone engineering for behaving in that very fashion. — Safe Skies International [1]