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  • Northwest Prepares for Strike

    The report documents the plans made by Northwest Airlines to hire and train mechanics to replace those who took part in strike action against the company.
  • Under the Influence

    Dixon discovers that Michigan's beer and wine distributors are protected by state law from competition, with none of their customers getting any price breaks. Dixon and the Free Press conducted a survey that indicated beer and wine prices had a tendency to be higher in Michigan than in neighboring states. The prices are so high that Northwest Airlines had to truck beer from Minnesota to Lansing's Metro Airport instead of buying the beer locally. Wholesalers retain this control because the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to make campaign contributions to legislators, paying for legislators' lavish vacations, and picking up their bar and restaurant tabs. Dixon found that out of the 148 people elected to the Michigan House and Senate in 2002, all but 9 received contributions from the beer and wine wholesalers' political action committee.
  • "Whistle stop: Did Northwest Airlines try to muzzle a whistleblower?"

    This story investigates the circumstances in which an airline mechanic was fired after reporting a series of safety violations to the FAA. By detailing the mechanic's plight through arbitration testimony, Department of Labor documents, GAO files and other public records, the story shows how industry lobbying and a relaxation of federal oversight have resulted in the "virtual elimination" of whistleblower protections for airline workers.
  • Pilot shortage siphons experienced instructors from flight schools

    This story analyzes the fact American air carriers that operate internationally are taking away experienced pilots from both flight schools' instructor positions and regional airlines. The consequence of this trend is new pilots have to learn from unexperienced teachers. McCartney says this raises "questions about the quality of America's future pilots." The story adds the FAA was "looking into the matter." The fact big international airlines lure experienced pilots draws regional and small to hire people who sometimes can't meet the traditional requirements, such as having 20/20 vision without glasses. So these companies lower those requirements. Despite the concern raised, McCartney says "there isn't any evidence that possible lack of experience has posed any safety problems at either major or regional airlines.
  • 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.
  • Some Airlines Mishandle Food, Sewage Disposal

    "Some of the country's biggest airlines and in-flight caterers have violated federal health regulations of food storage and sewage handling, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration records. So far this year, the agency has sent six 'warning letters' about violations to carriers including Northwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, AMR Corp.'s American Airlines and Continental Airlines - twice the number send during the same period in 1997." Trains and buses are also discussed.
  • Silent Witness

    Since Susan Taraskiewicz was killed four years ago, her murder has baffled investigators. But in a seemingly unrelated case, some of her co-workers at Northwest Airlines were convicted in a multi-million dollar credit-card scam, and now a prosecutor has told the ringleader he is murder suspect number one.
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    The series investigates the unsolved 1992 murder of Northwest Airlines employee Susan Taraskiewicz, and allegations that Northwest did not properly manage the Boston Logan station. The segment documented claims that Taraskiewicz was sexually harassed on the job repeatedly, despite frequent complaints to management. Dateline discovered that several of the accused men were currently under investigation for running one of the largest credit theft rings in U.S. history, out of the Logan station. Aurhorities suspect Taraskiewicz may have been murdered for her complaints about harassment or because the criminals though she had learned of the credt card ring. (June 28, 1995)
  • (Untitled)

    Minnesota Public Radio examines the issue of commuter airline safety snd found an unsettling inability of the Federal Aviation Administration, Northwest Airline and the airline's major partner to adequately ensure the safety of passengers. The investigation also found the commuter pilots are using a dangerous and unapproved approach during icy conditions called the "slam dunk approach" which involves a rapid descent through icy conditions to the runway; as a result of the series, the FAA increased its oversight of commuter airlines in the Northwest, Apr. 4 - 7, 1994.
  • DR. COOPER

    KPTV-TV (Portland, Ore.) attempts to identify the man who hijacked a Northwest Airlines plane using the name D.B. Cooper, Nov. 17, 1992.