Air Safety: Under a Cloud

After two crashes in two months, commuter airlines face greater scrutiny and stiffer safety standards

When Dawn O'Day, a New York homemaker, saw a TV report last week on commuter- airline safety, she got worried -- and then she got on the phone. Her daughter Misty, a junior at Elon College in North Carolina, was due to fly one leg of her trip back from school last Tuesday on a small commuter-airline turboprop. O'Day canceled those reservations and arranged for Misty to take a limousine from Greensboro to Raleigh and then catch a jet home. Says O'Day: "I told my husband, 'I don't want her on that plane.' " It was a nearly miraculous choice. American...

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