In a 9-month investigation, The Miami Herald uncovered inaccuracies regarding the government's reporting of the frequency of fatal cargo crashes. Through the analysis of extensive government documents dating back to 2000, the reporters found that 69 planes have crashed claiming the lives of 85 people, thus "making air cargo the nation's deadliest form of commercial aviation." Despite this fact, pleas to apply more stringent safety regulations on cargo flights have been ignored. Worse yet, when these lax safety standards result in fatal crashes, the pilots are often saddled with the blame. (NOTE: The FAA's accidents and incidents data is available to journalists from the IRE and NICAR Database Library.)
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