Amid lax regulation, air cargo has evolved into the deadliest form of commercial flight in the U.S., with nearly a fatal crash a month.
The NTSB usually blames the pilot for air cargo's fatal crashes, but a Herald investigation found other contributing factors were downplayed or ignored.
Many cargo pilots earn scant pay and log long hours in a quest to move up the ladder. But their industry is fraught with risks not encountered by passenger pilots.
Lara Goldman Lennon
Widowed from cargo crash
A nine-month Miami Herald investigation, built upon thousands of pages of documents, uncovered more fatal cargo crashes than government logs reflect.
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