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  • Military unaware of safety problems with some airlines

    Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) reveals serious problems in the plane and airline involved in the Gander, Newfoundland, crash that killed 248 soldiers returning home for Christmas; FAA had not disclosed information about the poor safety record of the carrier to the Air Force, Feb. 5-Dec. 14, 1986.
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    Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram series examines safety problems in the air-traffic control system in the wake of a Long Beach area air disaster; the number of controller errors and near mid-air collisions has tripled since the Patco strike; the ground radar at Los Angeles Airport was out of service for seven months; FAA ignored, contradicted and suppressed vital information about collision-avoidance systems, Sept. 4-Nov. 23, 1986.
  • Out of Control: Air Safety Goes Into a Tailspin

    Village Voice (New York) publishes article analyzing the frightening figures on airplane crashes and near mid-air collisions since President Ronald Reagan fired 11,000 air-traffic controllers to end a 1981 strike, June 10, 1986.This file also contains the story as published in The San Francisco Bay Guardian in the issue for the week of August 6-13, 1986. There is only a slight difference between the two stories. It also includes a two-page supplement from The Sacramento Bee published on March 3, 1985 written by William Kistner of the Center for Investigative Reporting. The headline of the supplement is "Air-traffic controllers nearly swamped, critics claim."
  • How safe are the skies? Maintenance; FAA inspector searches files for hidden hazards

    Dallas Times-Herald series examines the crash of Delta Flight 191; explores the reasons why 1985 was the deadliest year in commercial aviation history.
  • FAA and Near Mid-Air Collisions

    ABC World News Tonight looks at Federal Aviation Administration records for near mid-air collisions to find that the incidence of NMAC's has doubled since the Professional Air-Traffic Controllers Organization strike, January, June and December 1985.
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    Daily Herald uses Federal Aviation Administration documents to expose a large number of safety-threatening errors by air-traffic controllers in Chicago due to inexperienced and overworked personnel, July 8 - 9, 1984.
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    Wall Street Journal investigates the allegation that J. Lynn Helms (chief of Federal Aviation Administration in December 1983), while president of Piper Aircraft Corp., tried to keep the FAA from finding out about alleged safety defects in one of the company's planes, December 1983.
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    Kansas City Star looks at the shutdown of two commuter airlines that served Kansas City; the Federal Aviation Administration closed the airlines after airline employees complained about safety violations that were overlooked in FAA routine inspections.
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    Milwaukee Journal investigates the Federal Aviation Administration and finds it had ignored safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board to improve air safety, helping to set the stage for loss of life in subsequent disasters.
  • Anatomy of an air crash

    Discover details the procedures followed by air-safety experts as they work to determine the reasons for the crash of an Air Florida 737 in Washington, D.C.