Saturday, June 03, 2006

Air Sickness

I like how Saturday is the big day for Canadian newspapers. That way we can find great investigative scoops on both weekend days if we're willing to do a little border hopping. The Hamilton Spectator make that cross-border journey worthwhile today with "Dangerous Skies," an investigation into airline safety. Reporters Fred Vallance-Jones, Robert Cribb and Tamsin Mcmahon write that planes in Canada got dangerously close to each other more than 800 times between 2001 and 2005, or about once every other day. Vallance-Jones, Cribb and Mcmahon look in great detail at the conditions that are putting planes within seconds of crashing. The Spectator team, along with the Toronto Star and The Record of Waterloo Region, worked for four years to uncover the data that made this important story possible. Thanks to my colleague Mary Nesbitt for pointing it out to me.


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