A Case of Delta Blues

Probing an airline's errors

What is going on at Delta Air Lines? Hardly a day seems to pass without news of another near disaster involving one of the Atlanta-based carrier's jets. Last week a Delta 767 landed on the wrong runway in Boston and forced a nearby plane to stop suddenly to avoid a crash. Then two Delta jets leaving Los Angeles faced mechanical difficulties. One plane's flight was aborted on the runway because of a malfunctioning warning light; the other took off but had to return to the airport when a pressurization problem surfaced. Those episodes, added to several other Delta mishaps in recent...

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