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  • Diesel fuel dye, required by the IRS, poses a risk to jet engines, some experts say

    The New York Times finds that red fuel dye, mandated by I.R.S. regulations since 1994, has been wreaking havoc at the nation's airports by contaminating millions of gallons of jet fuel whose normal color should be somewhere between water and white wine.
  • Flying Alone

    WCCO's I-team conducts a 5-month investigation into the four major airlines and their unaccompanied minor travel programs. The investigation found that airlines are not required to report the number of complaints they receive, several airlines subcontracted the service and each of the four airlines charges an extra fee, ranging from 40 to 60 dollars, for this service.
  • ValuJet Coverage

    The Plain Dealer investigates how the Federal Aviation Administration ignored mounting safety and maintenance problems at several carriers including ValuJet airlines. The FAA waited until six weeks after the crash of ValuJet Flight 592 killed 110 people to ask the airline to ground itself even though at least four inspections of the airline showed repeated safety problems were neither fully investigated nor corrected.
  • Airport Security - Behind the Scenes

    WCPO's investigation "uncovered major holes in airport security, behind the scenes where the public can't see. (It) found a Delta subcontractor called Intex Aviation, employing hundreds of people in high security jobs at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, DID NOT always do the required background checks.... (The undercover) investigation revealed that almost anyone could be hired, and once hired, it would be possible to sabotage a plane."
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    Newsday reporters investigate the U.S. aviation system and how cost and convenience have taken precedence, except in the crisis atmosphere immediately following tragedies. The report looks at how an economically troubled airline industry joined forces with a cautious government bureaucracy and compliant congress to block most significant change. (Dec. 15-22)
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    KUTV found that the Salt Lake City International Airport is one of the most dangerous airports in the United States, something only the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its air traffic controllers were aware of. The series discovered that near misses and dangerous mistakes at the airport are a regular occurrence as air traffic controllers make errors in their juedgments. Equipment failures also account for some of the errors. During a 15 minure radio outage, seven planes wandered into disaster's way, missing collisions bu just a few hundred feet. (May 6-7, 1996)
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    American Journal exposes an airline safety problem - one that a safety official calls "the most serious problem facing the aviation industry today." The menace is caused when a bird hits the whirling blades of a jet engine on takeoff or landing. (Oct. 28, 1996)
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    Mather Field is a newly converted air force base now being operated by the County of Sacramento as a general aviation and cargo airport. Several key safety and security measures are being ignored so the county can get the facility operating quickly at little cost. Security fencing, control tower, approach and landing lights and radio communications relays are among the missing items. (November 13, 19, 1996)
  • Terror Air: Searching for answers in the Everglades

    Men's Journal investigates the crash of a commercial ValuJet aircraft into the Florida Everglades and speculates the safety of commuter airlines. The article looks at the effects of deregulation in the airline industry, the qualifications for pilots, quality and upkeep of plane parts and fire safety standards on aircrafts. (Sept. 1996)
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    Business Week reports on the underworld growth industry of bogus airplane parts. The FAA has taken 'bogus parts' off its database as a possible cause of crashes, despite the fact that many airline officials, FAA inspectors, and law enforcement officers fear a catastrophe is waiting to happen. (June 10, 1996)