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Dreamliner stunts are cool, but not the whole story
The Dreamliner is flying, and attracting international buyers despite some nagging safety issues. (Photo: Boeing)
Just type ‘private plane crash’ or ‘helicopter crash’ into Google Alerts and the updates come in regularly. In January, in Aspen, Colorado, a twin-engine private jet crashed and burst into flames, killing one and injuring two. In February, in Nashville, a twin-engine aircraft missed a landing approach and all four people on board died. In March, in Ridgway, Colorado, an airplane went into a flat spin, crashed into icy water, and killed five people. Just yesterday, a small plane went down in New Jersey.
Why pick on general aviation? Approximately 450 annual fatalities does not compare to the 35,543 motor vehicle-related deaths or 32,351 gun-related deaths in 2011.
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