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Old 07-13-2003, 09:49 AM   #1
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Major U.S. Airlines Complete Safest

Major U.S. Airlines Complete Safest

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Last year was the worst ever for the nation's major airlines financially, with losses of $11.3 billion.

It was also their safest year ever.

There were no fatalities, either among passengers or people on the ground. Only nine passengers were seriously injured, most in turbulence or on evacuation slides after what turned out to be otherwise minor incidents. And the Federal Aviation Administration, which has nearly a dozen financially ailing airlines under special safety watches, says all of the early-warning indicators it measures -- from the number of legally deferred maintenance items to crew training results -- are showing improvement
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