Airlines Face Traveler Crash Fears

The global airline industry isn't having a good year. A half-dozen crashes in the first half of 2009 have killed 582 people worldwide—more than the total for all of 2008. In many parts of the world regulatory oversight of airlines is minimal, notably in Africa and parts of Asia. For European and North American carriers, which have built enviable safety records in recent years, the risks of flight are receiving new attention just as the airlines struggle with a recession that has decimated revenue and kept profitable business travelers at home.

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