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Poor Maintenance Led To Jetliner Crash

Federal investigators believe poor maintenance may have led to an Alaska Airlines crash that killed 88 people off the Central California coast in January 2000.

A draft report that will be considered tomorrow by the National Transportation Safety Board blames a lack of grease on a tail component. The report says that caused excessive wear and the eventual failure of a mechanism that helps move the planeĀ“s stabilizer and sets the angle of flight. The Seattle-based airline has said Boeing recommended the wrong kind of grease for the mechanism and that it was poorly designed.