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ValuJet DC-9 crashes 1996

The first commercial flight for ValuJet was on Ocboer 26, 1993. Persistent mechanical issues came to national focus with the crash of a ValuJet DC-9 over the Florida Everglades in which all crew and passengers were lost. In this file photo, a helicopter hovers over the South Florida Everglades scene. ValuJet merged with Airways Corporation, parent of AirTran Airways, in 1997. JOE RIMKUS JR, Knight Ridder Tribune