IN THE 1950S, UNITED AIRLINES AND MANY other carriers proudly proclaimed in major advertising campaigns that their aircraft were fitted with revolutionary weather radar that would eliminate nasty weather surprises, but last year turbulence-related injuries cost the industry $100 million. According to US FAA,turbulence is the leading cause of injuries to passengers and crew in nonfatal airline events. Between 1981 and 1997 there were 342 reports of turbulence affecting major carriers, ...

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