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  • A Death in Garfield

    Doug Most investigates the bizarre circumstances surrounding the death of Ed "Huff" Kotwica, a high school football and basketball coach at Garfield High School in Garfield, N.J. Kotwica, who once coached New York Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet, was a town icon, respected by nearly everyone in the community. However, area law enforcement agencies got wind of a rumor that he had criminal sexual contact with two female players on the girls' basketball team. Following a quick investigation, he was arrested by Garfield police and spent a night in jail. Upon his release the next morning, Kotwica went home and waited for his wife to bring him some breakfast. In the meantime, he went walking on the railroad tracks in town and was hit by an oncoming train. Local authorities have ruled his death a suicide, saying that he was so upset about being caught -- or labeled -- as a criminal that he killed himself. However, many locals are saying there is no way that Kotwica would kill himself or have inappropriate contact with his female players. They claim that Kotwica, who had diabetes, went into hypoglycemic shock while he was walking along the tracks and fell into the oncoming train. While he was in jail, Kotwica did not receive his diabetes medicine or any food to eat.
  • Near-Miss Communications

    WABC-TV Channel 7 Eye Witness News investigated why two foreign 757 jumbo jets nearly collided on the JFK Airport in New York in June of 1998. The investigation revealed that this near-miss and an Avianca jet crash that killed 73 people 10 years ago "resulted from foreign pilots inability to clearly understand English, the international language of aviation."
  • Close Calls in the Sky

    A report on near midair collisions of passenger jets and the failings of the FAA. A series of near-collisions of passenger jets in the last year reveal shortcomings in the air traffic control system. In a two-part series, the Asbury Park Press examines whether human error and deterioration equipment could lead to tragedy.
  • Wired for trouble?

    USA Today finds that half of the world's passenger jets contain electrical wire insulation that is considered unsafe by military and other wiring experts. Damaged wire insulation has led to fires and electrical equipment failure for years and may have played a role in two unsolved crashes: the recent Swissair Flight 111 accident off the coast of Nova Scotia and the explosion of TWA Flight 800 near Long Island in 1996.
  • Moneywatch

    ABC News captured on camera the backroom lobbying and partying that is often talked about but rarely videotaped at the political conventions. ABC caught influential politicians taking free rides on corporate jets, deep sea fishing and golfing with the industry lobbyists they are supposed to regulate, and saw them give the wealthiest contributors special access. (August 9 - 29, 1996)
  • 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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    Pilots at Southwest, American, Delta and USAir who fly comparable jets are roughly paid equal salaries. But, as The Wall Street Journal reports, each month, the pilots at Southwest Airlines clock more than 70 hours on average in the cockpit; while other pilots average fewer than 50. (Nov. 9, 1995)
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    The F.A.A. is finally rebuilding its ranks, 15 years after the air traffic controllers' strike. But, according to the New York Times, in some cities, controllers are working twice as many flights. For the control-room veterans who guide the jets into Newark Airport, the pressure is unbearable. (March 24, 1996)
  • The Airbus Story

    In 1988 the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industrie beat out its competitor Boeing of Seattle and sold 34 A320 jets to Air Canada, then a government-owned airline, for 1.8 billion dollars. It was the largest purchase in Canadian history and for years rumours circulated that the deal was tainted by secret kickbacks. A Der SPIEGEL and CBC investigation found there were millions of dollars in secret commissions paid to a mysterious company in Europe. (Mar. 20, 28, April 3, Oct. 16, Nov. 13, 14, 27, 28 & Dec. 18, 1995) ***NOTE*** PENDING LIBEL SUIT
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    The stories examined the state of frontline Nay fighter-bomber jets and whether they and their pilots are ready for battle. Based on internal Pentagon and Navy memos, I disclosed that these F/A-18 jets and pilots were in the worst possible state of military readiness. This is significatnbecause they aare the pilots who would bomb positions in Bosnia or Iraq, should the need arise.