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What went wrong?

Fatal flight raises questions about how we parent

Most of us learned about the quest of 7-year-old Jessica Dubroff to be the youngest pilot to fly across the country only when it ende d, when the Cessna she controlled from a booster seat crashed. On a cold rainy April morning soon after take-off from Cheyenne, Wyo., Jessica, her father and her flight instructor died.

And America asked, Why?

We heard experts' reasons as news cameras focused on the tragedy: Overload. Wing icing. Wind sheer. Inexperience — she'd had just 35 hours of lessons. Within a week Time broadened the scope with its cover blurb, "Her shocking death raises questions about how far we push our kids."


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