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