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March 24, 2005

Russians Blame Pilot Error For Arctic Mishap

He May Have Been Snow-Blinded

The pilot of a Regional Airlines Antonov AN-24 may have been blinded by the brilliant sun shining on the tundra, according to a Russian official -- and that may have led to last week's mishap near the oil port of Varandei.

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Fuel Prices: A Tale Of Two Airlines

Delta's Woes Worsen While Southwest Successfully Hedges

Perhaps it's a story about the benefits of planning ahead. Perhaps it's a story about keeping your eye on the ball. But this is the story of two airlines -- Delta and Southwest -- and how they're dealing with the seemingly endless increase in fuel prices.

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Divers Scour Lake Victoria For IL-76 Crash Victims

Ukranian Cargo Plane Went Down Shortly After Take-Off

Divers were scouring Tanzania's Lake Victoria Thursday, looking for signs of the crew aboard a Ukranian Ilyushin IL-76 that went down in the water shortly after take-off the day before.

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FAA Investigates Possible Fuel Dump Incident Over Tampa

One Woman Complains Of Breathing, Skin Problems

Vicki Morris, a 51-year old realtor who lives in Tampa, FL, was walking her dog Monday night when she said she heard the all-familiar sound of a jet flying low overhead as it was on approach to Tampa International. Just a moment later, Morris said she felt a heavy mist, smelling of kerosene, falling all around her. She said she couldn't breath, that her skin and scalp were burned. Now, the FAA is investigating whether an aircraft on approach to the airport might have dumped fuel over Morris's neighborhood.

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