Buffalo crash, other incidents prompt aviation agency to expedite rule changes.
Southwest Airlines has inspected all its 737-300 jets and found no problems. Fuselage damage of the sort that forced Flight 2294 to make an emergency landing Monday is very rare.
Many wonder how French investigators, who announced their findings Thursday, could arrive at that conclusion when so little evidence has been recovered.
Locator signals from Flight 447's black boxes may fade after June 30, but investigators are likely to keep looking anyway.
With a good safety record and robust backup systems, the Airbus 330 wouldn't be easily downed by lightning, they say.
A safety alert in December cautioned against flying on autopilot in icy conditions.
There are fewer military pilots to draw from, plus economic difficulties in the industry.
The airlines, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Bush administration are taking steps for smoother traveling.
Prospects improve that airlines will OK their use in flight.
Carriers report huge losses tied to fuel price hikes. Their remedy: trim flights and raise fares.