DEATH IN THE EVERGLADES

THE FATAL CRASH OF A VALUJET PLANE WITH 109 PEOPLE ABOARD RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT NO-FRILLS FLYING

Just last month Lewis Jordan, president of ValuJet Airlines, tried his best to ease concerns over whether his fast-growing no-frills airline was just as safe as any other. "ValuJet has never experienced a fatality," he said. On Saturday, however, he had the grim duty of announcing that a ValuJet DC-9 carrying 104 passengers and five crew members had plunged into the Everglades while trying to return to Miami International Airport, killing everyone aboard. The accident, in the midst of a 120-day surveillance of the airline's operations by the Federal Aviation Administration, seemed certain to increase the FAA's concerns about the airline's...

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