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  • First Casualty

    60 Minutes tells the story of Navy pilot Michael Scott Speicher, the first American lost in the Gulf War. 60 Minutes reveals that the "US military likely left" Speicher in Iraq and then "four years later willingly passed on a chance to bring him or his remains home... There is a remote chance Speicher is a prisoner of Saddam Hussein. Speicher went down during the first mission of the first night of the Gulf War. Contrary to what his fellow pilots thought, no rescue mission was ever launched. After the war, contrary to what the Pentagon said, no one ever looked for his plane."
  • Flying Too High

    "1 in 300 small planes are involved in fatal accidents each year." In 1999 there were almost double the number of deaths as there were fatal accidents, meaning that unsafe pilots are putting more than just themselves at risk. Small airline lobbying group Airline Owners and Pilots Association would like to keep out government regulation of this area though. They are also resiting fees for general aviation pilots that are currently subsidized by fees from commercial travelers. The article presents an in-depth discussion of the issue of increasing regulation for general aviation, a group that is largely constituted by the affluent and by business.
  • Control issues: How the pilots fly the plane varies a lot from airline to airline

    The Wall St. Journal reports on how different airlines prefer their pilots to fly. At issue, of course, is how safe their methods are. "Southwest forces its pilots always to have their hands on the throttles and requires that all landings be made by people, not computers."
  • Flight Check: The ups and downs of flying Peoria

    This three-day series of reports details the activities at Peoria's airport in which a team of reporters, graphic reporters, photographers and others followed pilots on their daily routes. This series gave readers an idea of what goes on at the airport on a daily basis.
  • Blood priority

    "A four-month investigation by KSTP-TV found the engines in many of the (Minnesota National Guard) choppers are crippled with faulty or defective parts. Our stories discovered the US Army has known about the problems for years but chose to save money by cutting corners on maintenance and ultimately compromising the safety of the engines and putting pilots at risk nationwide.... The Army's maintenance policy was flawed and it resulted in hundreds of in-flight emergencies and crashes nationwide."
  • 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."
  • Delayed Takeoff

    Technology Review reports that "Today, five years after Congress validated this vision and the Federal Aviation Administration set out to realize it, free flight is still sitting on the runway... The idea sounded simple and intuitive, and at the same time radical: Free pilots from the rigid, circuitous routes imposed by ground-based air traffic control, and let them choose the quickest and most fuel-efficient paths around wind and weather.... For some, this retrenchment (away from free flight) marks a welcome return to reality. For others, it is a temporary obstacle to clearance for takeoff. But for some of free flight's radical devotees, it's an unconscionable retreat from an urgent and eminently feasible mission, the latest in a string of costly botches and compromises by the FAA. And since there are not alternative proposals on the table for a substantial overhauls of the air traffic control system, some experts think we're on course for a nightmare in the sky..."
  • Danger in the Sky

    The I-Team recieved a complaint from several Air Traffic Controllers at DFW-Airport claiming they were having a very difficult time seeing aircrafts on radar. At any given time controllers may have 500 to 1000 aircrafts on their screen. The problem is old monochrome monitors where an aircraft appears as a tiny dot on the screen, making it impossible to seperate one plane form another.
  • Dangerous airports

    WBNS looks at two Ohio airports and finds runway designs which confuse pilots, leading to mistakes that put lives in jeopardy. Cleveland's airport leads the nation in runway incursions, an instance where a plane taxis onto an active runway without permission from air traffic controllers.
  • (Untitled)

    This investigation documents the systematic manner in which the Pentagon has put soldiers, sailors and pilots at risk by purchasing costly weapons systems prior to completing Operational Testing and evaluation. The result is the fielding of weapons which have cost lives and billions of taxpayer dollars. (November 23, 1996)