Flight Risk: A Special Investigation

Hundreds of Boeing Jets May Be Unsafe. So Why are they Still Flying?

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Part I:Are Boeing’s Big Jets Safe?
By Sheila Kaplan
A lawsuit alleges that planes made with “bogus” parts “must be grounded.”
October 13, 2005

Part II: Boeing Whistleblowers Say Planes Must Be Grounded
By Sheila Kaplan
The Federal Aviation Administration Takes Another Look
October 25, 2005

Part III: FAA Investigators Fail to Examine Jets in Question
By Frank Koughan and Sheila Kaplan
Safety Check Relies on Manufacturer’s Own Review
December 5, 2005

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