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  • Four Hours of Fear: 9/11's Untold Story; Amid terror, a drastic decision: Clear the Skies

    USA Today explains how the nation's aviation system was able to land nearly 4,500 planes on Sept. 11 when the call went out to clear the skies following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The story shows scenes in air traffic control rooms across the country, and illustrates how the FAA was able to execute the historic order.
  • Are Airplanes Safe Enough?

    Forbes reports on conflicts between mechanics and executives at major airlines. Mechanics often alert the companies about maintenance problems in the planes, however, airlines refuse to make additional expenditures to fix them. Northwest Airlines even fired a mechanic for excessive write-ups, Tatge reports. America West Airlines and American Airlines have been found to have the most maintenance lapses. The story is based on a database from the Federal Aviation Administration of accidents related to bad maintenance.
  • Flier Beware

    WISH-TV reports on the lax security at the Indianapolis airport. A hidden camera investigation reveals that a suitcase could have had a bomb in it, without being caught. A database of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shows the security at this airport is fairly inconsistent.
  • Under the radar

    WTHR-TV reports on the "nonexistent security at the nation's general aviation airports." These are smaller but often heavily used airports, and they have a virtual open-door policy, the program reveals. The Federal Aviation administration (FAA) does not require a security program for such airports. The result: it is perfectly permissible to have gates left wide open, hangar doors not adequately secured, and planes within quick reach of anyone.
  • Airport Employee Entrance

    WTAE-TV reports on the lax security at the employee entrance at Pittsburgh International Airport. The main findings are that employees and non-employees could get easily through the gate, and that "security offices failed to check inside trucks for explosives, weapons,..., etc."
  • From the Tower, Voices From the Sky

    A two-part ABC News investigation attempts to find a fresh angle to the story of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The first report tells what happened through the eyes of the air traffic controllers at Dulles International Airport. One of the findings is that American 11 that crashed into the Pentagon had most probably targeted the White House at first but the terrorists could not see it well because the sun was in their eyes. The second part broadcasts "the actual sound of hijackers storming the cockpit" of United 93 which crashed into a Pennsylvania field.
  • The Plane Truth

    Dateline investigates chronic customer service complaints about the airline industry including flight delays, mishandled baggage and in-flight service. Dateline built its own database to track flights and then compare their information given out by the airlines about delayed flights; many times they were told that flights they knew were delayed were on time. They found that the airlines could be doing a lot more, but since they aren't being pressured to, they aren't.
  • Avjet / Aspen Crash Investigation

    CNN investigates the crash of a chartered Gulfstream Jet in Aspen, Colorado on March 29, 2001 that killed 18 people. The story brought to light specifics of the accident and level of pilot experience that the FAA, NTSB and AVJET wanted to keep hidden. CNN pursued FOIA requests with the FAA.
  • FAA Seldom Punished Assualts on U.S. Flights

    An investigation by USA Today reveals that "federal regulators failed to take action to address many of the weaknesses terrorists exploited during the Sept. 11 attacks... depsite warnings and security breaches aboard hundreds of flights each year."
  • Guns, 'bombs' get through Hancock

    After the terrorist hijacking of airplanes from major U.S. airports on Sept. 11, the Post-Standard began it's own investigation of the security and screening measures taking place at Syracuse's Hancock International Airport. Their investigation found that since 1988 Hancock's screeners have failed to detect real or simulated weapons being brought through the airport, totaling 64 security breaches. The Post-Standard found that Hancock's screeners are paid less than the airport's parking lot cashier and bathroom custodian. They also discovered that the Federal Aviation Administration does not notify the airport's commissioner when it cites an airline for a security violation.