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  • Why Airplanes Crash

    PS examines several aircraft crashes and their reported causes. The article stresses the importance of pilot training. (April 1996)
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    CBS News investigates how safe air travel is from bombs. The technology exists to detect most bomb materials before they get on aiplanes and hardened containers now exist to protect airplanes from small bombs. But due to the costs involved, the aviation community and the FAA have not instituted these developments. (Oct. 12, 1995)
  • Stealth Albatross

    The Washington Post Magazine reports that "One question led to many about the Navy's A-12 bomber. How they were answered led to congressional hearings, a criminal investigation, shortened careers and an epic lawsuit. But no airplanes.... the United States Navy's A-12 Avenger, a plane that has never flown and never will, a procurement fiasco that has already cost American taxpayers more than $3 billion and is quite likely to cost them $2 billion more...."
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    The Deseret (UT) News, in a yearlong project, finds evidence that the government secretly bombarded Utah with more nerve gas, germ warfare, nuclear fallout and other radioactive dust, which was spread by bombs, airplanes, artillery and intentional nuclear reactor meltdowns. Among other findings, the series details the activities of the Army, and the fact that a group of prison inmates were injected with radioactive material, 1994.
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    The Plain Dealer finds that the FAA misled Congress and the public about the efficiency and reliability of the Airport Surveillance Radar-9 System, which was designed to help guide passenger jets safely in and out of the nation's busiest airports. Problems with the radar system include phantom airplanes on radar screens, frequent outages and real airplanes that disappear from radar screens, Sept. 5, Aug. 25 - 26, Dec. 19, 1993.
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    Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) looks at what law enforcement agencies are doing with the spoils of the drug war: lavish homes, cars, businesses, airplanes, and millions of dollars in cash were seized and sold, with the money going into the budgets of the police; finds that there exists no oversight in how the police use the seized assets, and abuse is rampant, Sept. 22 - 23, 1991.
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    Christian Science Monitor's three-part series reports that while air traffic is steadily increasing, a continuing shortage of experienced air-traffic controllers threatens air safety; the Federal Aviation Administration plans to allow an increase in the number of commercial airplanes, June 3, 1987.
  • Pilot Drug Abuse

    KMSP-TV (Minneapolis) report looks at substance abuse by commercial and private pilots, finding NTSB records show alcohol is a factor in 10 percent of general aviation crashes; finds flaws in FAA rules that allow pilots with long records of driving under the influence to continue flying airplanes.
  • 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."
  • Sophisticated Bombs Like One in Lockerbie Prove Hard to Detect

    Wall Street Journal looks at the sophisticated plastic bombs terrorists use on airplanes; finds airport security devices such as X-rays and metal detectors cannot detect the bomb's contents; reviews the 1982 explosion of a bomb on a Pan Am flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo.