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Airplane Accidents

When Lightning Strikes Airplanes

Map Happy | Posted 05.12.2016 | Travel
Map Happy

Before anyone starts to freak out about lightning striking them clear out of the air with the force of God, having lightning hit a plane is really no biggie.

This Theory May Explain Malaysia's Bad Luck With Plane Accidents in 2014

Map Happy | Posted 03.16.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

Is it a strange coincidence that all major fatal commercial crashes last year involved a Malaysian airline carrier? The answer could be rooted in an old cultural theory that looks at how pilots and first officers operate in emergency situations.

Unfit for Publication: How USA Today Got Everything Wrong

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Media
Jeff Schweitzer

USA Today splashed across its June 18, 2014, front page the breathless headline, "Unfit for Flight" to dramatize the deadly enterprise of flying general aviation aircraft (small airplanes). There is only one problem: Nearly every inference about aviation in the article is wrong.

How Air Catastrophes Affect Flight Crews

Sarah Steegar | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
Sarah Steegar

Generally I approach accidents like a surgeon to her patients. Cool detachment. "Minor" incidents are a piece of cake. They are proof of our procedures working, every day. The major incidents are like old relationships -- you feel differently about each one. And for some reason, the missing Malaysian Airlines jet sticks out.

Air Canada Plane Wanders Off Runway, Gets Stuck In Grass

AOL Travel News | Posted 10.05.2011 | Travel

A Frankfurt-bound Air Canada jet drove off the runway at Toronto International on Thursday evening and got stuck in the grass. The Toronto Star rep...

The Three Myths About Plane Crashes

Ben Sherwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ben Sherwood

How can you survive a plane crash? After going through the FAA's plane crash survival school in Oklahoma City and interviewing many experts and survivors of plane crashes, here are four key tips.