Clipped Wings

Safety lapses ground an airline

For savvy vacationers along the East Coast, the planes with the seagull symbol on their tails were the fastest way to the beach. Provincetown-Boston Airline has become the nation's largest commuter carrier by flying short hops from big cities to resort areas, including such popular runs as Miami to Key West and New York City to Martha's Vineyard. While a few travelers may have had jitters about some of the older planes in PBA's fleet, the airline has enjoyed stunning growth. In the first nine months of this year, the company posted profits of $3.3 million, compared...

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