NBC's Tom Costello reminded us that this is the anniversary of the midair explosion of TWA 800 off Long Island in 1996. It was caused by the ignition of flammable fumes in the 747's empty fuel tank. Now a system has been invented that injects nitrogen into the empty tanks to neutralize the fumes. So twelve years later the FAA is ordering a retrofit to prevent a repetition of the calamity. ABC had Lisa Stark follow up on a full page ad placed in USA Today by the pilots' union at USAirways. It warned that the airline was cutting too many corners in its zeal to save on aviation fuel costs: "Senior captains were called on the carpet for demanding too much fuel for long international flights." USAirways denied using intimidation.
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