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  • The 737's Rudder-Control Concerns

    The fall 1994 crash of USAir 427 prompted the Seattle Times to launch an investigation into Boeing 737 jetliners. The rudder system on the 737's can sometimes malfunction and make the airplane dangerously difficult to control. A USAir 737 crashed near Pittsburgh last September, killing all 132 passengers. United has accelerated replacement of a 737 rudder-system part in which investigators have found defects.
  • $200,000 Plane Ride

    The story of "The First Class General" disclosed how 4 - star General Joseph Ashy took a W.S. Air Force C-141 Starlifter for a flight from Naples, Italy to Colorado Sprigs, CO. The only passengers on the flight were the general, his 21 year - old female aide who was listed on the manifest as his wife, and his cat, Nellie. The flight cost about $200,000 ad retired military personnel were denied "space abailable" flights on the plane, even though it could hold up to 200 passengers. Additionally, the general ordered the plane equipped with a "comfort pallet" for distinguished travelers.
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    Tucson Citizen studies air safety problems at the Grand Canyon; near misses are likely and the death toll is high as tour flights, helicopters and military planes use the same airspace; the local airport is the third largest in the state, yet it has no radar and its control tower is on the wrong side of the runway, Oct. 15 - 19, 1990.
  • Small Airlines Likely to Remain Unsafe

    Rocky Mountain News (Denver) investigates the safety of regional airlines; the smaller planes commonly flown by regional airlines have an accident rate of 1.43 per 100,000 flights, compared to 0.43 per 100,000 flights for aircraft with more than 30 seats; pilot error and insufficient regulation add to the problem.
  • Helicopters

    CBS News West 57th Street finds a dramatic increase in helicopter sightseeing flights on Kauai, Hawaii, posed dangers; discloses the FAA was concerned about safety at the airport, but also was mandating all helicopters and planes fly the same flight path, April 9, 1988.
  • "Seconds to Survive" 5-Part Series

    WLWT-TV (Cincinnati) airs series on problems with life preservers on airlines--they are difficult to use and many planes don't carry them though majority of flights in the country take off and land over water, Nov. 9-13, 1987.
  • Navy jet feints at USSR told

    San Diego Union reports on secret Navy program of mock bombing attacks against a Soviet coastal city, apparently as a response to Soviet flights near the coast of Alaska; bombers may have been armed, unknown to the White House or Pentagon; the mock attacks were conducted without the knowledge or permission of the White House or the Defense Department, Nov. 22, 1987.
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    Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds that one in four flights from Atlanta's airport are delayed, an average far worse than the FAA reports, July 19, 1987.
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    Daily Oklahoman reports that an Air Force fighter bomber that slammed into a home killing two people when its engine overheated had experienced the same problem on four previous flights, April 10, 1986.
  • The Clouded Skies

    KSDK-TV (St. Louis) series raises questions about city's Lambert Airport--its ability to handle flights without delays, safety of air-traffic procedures and efforts to relieve effects of aircraft noise on surrounding neighborhoods, October 1984.