Aviation: Crash of a Troubled Airline:The Provincetown-Boston Airline

The Provincetown-Boston Airline twin-engine turboprop took off just after 6 p.m. from Jacksonville International Airport for the short flight to Tampa. Within minutes the small commuter plane, one of 113 in P.B.A.'s fleet, apparently lost its tail section, slammed into a brush-bound clearing and burst into flames. The two-man crew and all eleven passengers were killed.

The crash was the third in six months for troubled P.B.A., which was shut down briefly last month by the Federal Aviation Administration for alleged safety violations, including poor maintenance, inadequate pilot training and falsification of inspection records. Before it was grounded, P.B.A. was the...

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