Northwest Airlines yesterday disclosed that it had skipped $42 million in payments as its shares plunged 58% to close at $1.41 on a report in Tuesday's New York Times that the carrier may precede Delta Air Lines into bankruptcy owing to soaring fuel costs. The article cited anonymous sources who said the airline could seek Chapter 11 protection as early as today. Meanwhile, Northwest in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission said it had skipped scheduled payments due Sept. ...

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