Transportation: Gimme a Break!

Gimme a Break!

One woman called it the worst landing she had ever experienced -- and few of her fellow passengers would disagree. After a sharp descent through rain and fog last week, Eastern Airlines Flight 573 slammed so hard onto a runway in Pensacola, Fla., that the DC-9 broke in two, dragging the rear third of its fuselage nearly a mile. "I looked down and I saw the pavement and stripes going under me," said Kyle Barnhill, who was sitting directly over the 2-ft. crack. None of the plane's 100 passengers and five-member crew were seriously hurt. Eastern executives stoutly defended the plane's...

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