That Sinking Feeling At Airbus

Sweaty-palmed airline passengers have fresh cause to feel nervous: A rash of crashes has sent the global air-death toll soaring--topping the level for all of 1993 in just over six months (chart). Three jets fell from the skies in the first three days of July alone: an Airbus test plane in France, a Fokker jet in Mauritania, and a USAir Inc. DC-9 in North Carolina.

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