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Crash Debrief
February 5, 2000

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Two plane crashes in the last week or so. One in Kenya and the most recent, just off the coast of Los Angeles. We've watched endless hours of Coast Guard operatives searching desperately for some signs of life...or at the very least, an explanation. It's enough to spook even the most fearless of fliers.

You know, thousands of hours go into plane maintenance. And billions of dollars are spent developing and installing new safety technologies. But once that plane has left the gate, air safety is generally in the hands of the people on the plane. Michigan Radio's Bill Poorman investigated what pilots and we passengers can do to improve airline safety on our end.

While we're on the subject of staying safe in the air, we talked to Bill Waldock. He's a professor of Aviation Safety at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. Bill is also an air crash safety investigator. I asked him what precautions he takes when he boards a plane.

We also talked to Tom Bunn. He's a retired airline pilot and he also conducts courses for his fearful flyers. I asked about some of the techniques he uses in his classes.


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