FRONTLINE "Flying Cheap" on WXXI-TV

FRONTLINE "Flying Cheap" on WXXI-TV

Tue, 02/09/2010 - 9:00pm

Continental Connection Flight 3407

Credit: David Duprey/AP Photo

FRONTLINE investigates whether practices designed to save money have resulted in accidents such as Continental Connection Flight 3407.

One year after the deadliest domestic airline accident in seven years, FRONTLINE investigates the crash of Continental 3407 in Buffalo, NY, and discovers a dramatically changed airline industry, where regional carriers now account for half of the nation’s daily departures. FRONTLINE "Flying Cheap" airs Tuesday, February 9 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable1011 & 11).

The rise of the regionals and arrival of low-cost carriers have been a huge boon to consumers, and the industry insists that the skies remain safe. But many insiders are worried that now, 30 years after airline deregulation, the aviation system is being stretched beyond its capacity to deliver service that is both cheap and safe.

To read more about WXXI coverage, and other special reports on the crash of Flight 3407, click here.

Here's a trailer from the FRONTLINE special: