Aviation inspection crisis and ATA bankruptcy

Four U.S. airlines are under investigation for failing to comply with Federal Aviation Regulations and a congressional hearing began Wednesday to find out why. An audit of airline maintenance found that carriers missed inspection deadlines.

Testimony about safety checks is expected to explore whether the F-A-A is too friendly with the airlines, and letting them get away with violations.

ATA Airlines canceled all flights Thursday after filing for bankruptcy and sought help from other carriers for travelers stranded in a number of cities. The Indianapolis-based airline, once the nation's 10th-largest, entered bankruptcy for the second time in just over three years Wednesday, this time citing the loss of a key military charter business.

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