Dozens walk away from Peru jet crash


Dozens walk away from Peru jet crash — Trudging through knee-deep mud in a hail storm, at least 58 people managed to escape a flaming Peruvian airliner that splintered as it crash-landed in the Amazon jungle, killing 37. One aviation expert called it a “miracle” that so many walked away. (AP)

August deadliest air-travel month in years — The crash-landing of a Peruvian airliner was the fifth major airline accident this month, making August the deadliest month for plane disasters since May 2002. (AP)

Spate of crashes says little about safety decline — Decades of crash statistics and the experts who study those numbers say that the recent spate of accidents probably says little about safety in the skies. (USA Today)

Storm’s surprise attack evolved as wave overtook depression — Eleven days ago, Tropical Depression 10 dissolved in the mid-Atlantic Ocean and disappeared from the storm consciousness of South Florida. Wednesday morning, it was back as Tropical Depression 12, a disorganized flock of clouds and showers in the Bahamas. Friday morning, it may be Hurricane Katrina, swirling ashore in South Florida almost before anyone has a chance to run to Home Depot for plywood. (The Palm Beach Post)

Airports, transit expect trouble during storm — Tropical Storm Katrina will put a crimp in travel plans today and officials urged some coastal residents to flee the storm that was expected to strengthen into a weak hurricane before making landfall by early Friday. (Sun Sentinel)

Potential for long strike emerges
— Northwest Airlines said Wednesday that it is prepared to use replacement mechanics “for an indefinite period of time,” suggesting that it’s willing to endure a long strike. (Star Tribune)

Is no gas tank safe? Rising prices prompt increased theft — Sky-high fuel prices are spawning an uptick in sales of locking gas caps amid scattered reports of siphoning thefts around the nation. (USA Today)

Hawaii to cap cost of gas — Surrounded by ocean, with just two refineries to make its fuel, Hawaii pays the nation’s highest prices for gas. Tired of those chronically high costs, Hawaii will begin limiting the wholesale price of gasoline next week, the first such effort in the United States. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Northwest flight mishaps in Baltimore, Montana — A Northwest Airlines flight traveling from Minneapolis to Bozeman Wednesday was diverted to Billings because of a mechanical problem. Also Wednesday, a Northwest plane at Baltimore-Washington International Airport had its tires deflated, forcing passengers to take other flights, the airline said. (AP)

Glass-bottomed walkway planned at Grand Canyon — An American Indian tribe with land along the Grand Canyon is planning to build a glass-bottomed walkway that will jut out 70 feet from the canyon’s edge. (AP)

Bird flu ‘will spread to the UK’ — Avian flu will inevitably spread to Britain through wild migrating birds, the president of the British Veterinary Association has warned. (BBC News)

Amtrak: Full NYC to Boston service on Friday — After three days of extensive delays and cancellations caused by a freight train derailment, Amtrak announced Thursday that it anticipated normal train operation between New York City and Boston this weekend. (AP)

‘Witness’ tour explores Amish country — The 82-acre farm featured in the 1985 movie thriller “Witness” is tucked into a small valley, hidden from the view of travelers on Lancaster County’s back roads. But that hasn’t deterred curiosity-seekers from sneaking peeks over the year. (AP)

State fuel tax break should boost US Airways — As US Airways prepares to emerge from bankruptcy, the airline has landed a lucrative state tax break on jet fuel. The North Carolina General Assembly gave final approval to a measure Wednesday which will cap the total fuel taxes the airline would pay at $2.5 million. (AP)

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