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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 7, 1996
The husband of a Baltimore woman who was killed when ValuJet Flight 592 crashed in the Florida Everglades in May has filed suit against the airline and its maintenance company in U.S. District Court, asking for unspecified damages.In a suit filed Wednesday, Gary Stroud accused ValuJet and Sabretech Inc., a contractor that maintained ValuJet's planes, of wrongful death and negligence in the May 11 crash, which killed all 104 passengers and five crew members aboard.Stroud, 35, married Brown in October 1995.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 18, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Top executives of Valujet Airlines and Sabretech, the two companies that blame each other for the crash of a Valujet DC-9 in the Everglades in May, will testify this week at hearings by the National Transportation Safety Board that are expected to be far more confrontational than most plane crash inquiries.The hearings, which are to begin in Miami today and are expected to run all week, will closely examine two segments of the aviation industry -- start-up airlines such as Valujet and outside maintenance contractors like Sabretech -- those involved say.They are also intended to shed light on problems in the Federal Aviation Administration.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 15, 1996
WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Department's inspector general announced yesterday that she will investigate suggestions that inspectors for the Federal Aviation Administration have been pressured to go easy on ValuJet despite previous concerns about the airline's safety record.The inspector general, Mary Fackler Schiavo, said "a number of claims have come up that inspectors were pressured" to soften their reports on ValuJet's performance. "Obviously, we will investigate that," she said.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | June 28, 1996
WASHINGTON -- The fire aboard ValuJet Flight 592 last month apparently spread so quickly that only 1 minute and 26 seconds separated the cockpit crew's warning of "smoke in the cockpit, smoke in the cabin" and the last transmission.Tapes of the conversations between the doomed plane and air traffic controllers, released yesterday by the Federal Aviation Administration, also suggest that conditions on the burning DC-9 deteriorated so fast that Candalyn Kubeck and First Officer Richard Hazen quickly realized the aircraft might not make it back to Miami International Airport.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 1, 1996
Susan Smith says she knows there are people who might not understand why she wants to hear the tape of the final terrifying minutes of the ValuJet flight that caught fire and crashed in the Everglades in May, killing all 110 on board, including her 24-year-old son, Jay.According to a transcript of the tape, which has been released, the passengers were screaming that the plane was on fire."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 20, 1996
MIAMI -- The fire that brought down ValuJet Flight 592 may have reached 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to burn stainless steel, according to a National Transportation Safety Board expert who showed a videotape yesterday of a roaring, white-hot fire fed by oxygen generators of the kind the DC-9 was carrying.For years, the Federal Aviation Administration has contended that cargo holds of the kind where the fire occurred are safe because they are airtight and would smother a fire. But the holds are made mostly of aluminum, which melts and even burns at temperatures far below 3,000 degrees.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | May 21, 1996
MIAMI -- The quest for clues in the primordial muck goes high-technology today.Metro-Dade divers plan to descend for the first time into the crater gouged in the Everglades by ValuJet Flight 592.Eleven days into one of the most challenging investigations in aviation history, searchers are reaching into the bottoms of their tool boxes."
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By FORT LAUDERDALE SUN-SENTINEL | May 17, 1996
MIAMI -- For days, many people thought Michael Howard was killed in the crash of ValuJet Flight 592.But he is alive, and a friend is dead, his name absent from the official list of crash victims.Howard used his identification to buy his friend, Sean Baker, a ticket on Flight 592 because his friend did not have his drivers license with him, Howard said late Wednesday.When the plane crashed and the passenger list was released, it had Howard's name on the list, not Baker's.Baker, 29, was a professional musician who lived in College Park, Ga.On Saturday, he was headed back to Atlanta after a week of visiting his mother, Barbara Baker, who lives in Miami.
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May 14, 1996
THERE IS IRONY as well as mystery in the crash Saturday of a ValuJet Airlines DC-9 that plunged into the Everglades swamp, killing 109 people. The three-year-old, discount-price airline had a special safety inspection in February by the Federal Aviation Administration, had reportedly implemented regulators' recommendations and was set for a follow-up inspection this month. It was under close federal scrutiny for three earlier runway accidents, none fatal.The captain on the Miami-to-Atlanta flight had 9,000 hours of flying time, considerable experience for a 35-year-old pilot.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | November 6, 1996
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Hoping to learn how fire doomed ValuJet Flight 592, federal investigators will re-create a raging blaze in another airplane's cargo bay today and tomorrow.They will load cardboard boxes of oxygen-generating canisters and some inflated tires into the mock-up, the items that were in Flight 592's forward cargo hold.Then, some of the oxygen canisters, which can heat up to 500 degrees, will be activated.They are suspected of either starting or feeding Flight 592's fire.
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