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Flying Cheap (full documentary)

18 May 2022
After the deadly airline crash of Continental 3407 in Buffalo, New York, FRONTLINE investigated the accident and discovered a dramatically changed airline industry, where regional carriers accounted for half of the nation's daily departures and insiders worried about the aviation system being stretched beyond its capacity to deliver service that is both cheap and safe. (Aired 2010)

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The rise of the regionals and the arrival of low-cost carriers were seen as a boon to consumers, and the industry insisted that the skies remained safe. But decades after deregulation, many insiders worried that the airline system had been stretched beyond its capacity to deliver service that was both cheap and safe.

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Prologue: 00:00
The Crash of Continental 3407 - 01:20
Growth of Regional Airlines - 10:41
The Life of a Regional Pilot - 18:29
Who’s Responsible for Airline Safety - 28:53
A Decade of Missed Warning Signs - 38:48
Raising Standards at Regional Airlines - 46:57
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