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Aviation Expert Addresses Flight Safety Concerns
Date:2/18/2009

Express flights not always owned and operated by major airlines, suffer differing standards of care

Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) February 18, 2009 -- After the tragic airplane crash of Continental Flight 3407 near Buffalo N.Y., many questions and concerns have arisen regarding airline safety and flying during icy weather conditions. Cleveland-based aviation accident expert and lawyer Jamie R. Lebovitz points out that many small airplanes similar to Flight 3407 that use the names and logos of major airlines are not, in fact, owned or operated by large airlines. Often, the smaller planes are owned by regional carriers that have agreements with major airlines for the sole purpose of enabling large carriers to derive revenue from airports that are difficult for their airplanes to access.

"Most travelers do not realize that regional and commuter airlines that operate under major airline names--such as Continental Express, USAir Express, or United Express--are not actually owned or controlled by them," Lebovitz, who has more than 20 years of experience handling airplane accidents, said. "The passengers on the fatal Continental Flight 3407 were not flown on Continental Airlines equipment, they were not flown by pilots trained by Continental Airlines, and they were not being transported to the same standards of care as their fellow passengers on Continental Airlines."

A Major Safety Concern
For years, the problem of flying turboprop aircraft, such as the Bombardier Dash-8 used for Flight 3407, in icing conditions has been a major safety concern. Unlike jet aircraft that have systems to heat the wings and tail to prevent ice buildup (also referred to as anti-icing systems), propeller-driven
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