AVIATION: A Need to Get Tough as Hell

Statistically, a passenger on a scheduled airline flight in the U.S. has a 99.99992% chance of landing safe and sound. Indeed, Lloyd's of London calculates that a person is 24 times more likely to be killed in a car than in an airliner. Nevertheless, 461 people have died in eight U.S. air crashes so far this year, the worst record of fatalities since 1960. All too often the cause has been a simple mechanical fault or, more disturbing yet, an elementary error committed by a flight crew. As a result, questions are being raised with...

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