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FRONTLINE investigates the crash of Continental 3407—one of the deadliest U.S. domestic airline accidents in recent years—and discovers a dramatically changed airline industry where small regional carriers now account for half of the nation’s daily departures. The rise of the regional airlines as well as the arrival of low-cost carriers like Southwest, has been a huge boon to consumers. The industry insists the skies remain safe but many insiders are worried that now, thirty years after deregulation, the aviation system is being stretched beyond its capacity to deliver service that is both cheap and safe.