American Airlines announced that it will suspend flights to and from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Because of the civil unrest, the carrier’s staff has been unable to get to the airport. I’ll give American all the credit in the world for staying there as long as they have. The situation is unbelievably dangerous, and, as the capture of refugees fleeing by boat off the coast of the US has shown, people will do anything to get out of there. AA hopes to resume flights by March 3, but I’ll bet that won’t happen.
Investigators examining last year’s US Airways Express (Air Midwest) crash in Charlotte released a report citing sloppy maintenance and weight calculating procedures as the causes. A National Transportation Safety Board member said, “the sheer number of people who failed to do their job set a new low.” Pretty scary.