In some cases, bad weather or mechanical problems might not be the biggest threat to a commercial airplane. On occasion, the behavior of a passenger creates a crisis situation that threatens the safety of everyone on board. This happened recently on an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland, Oregon.
When a commercial airplane crashes, it is far from uncommon that there are no survivors left on board. One of the most unusual results from a commercial plane crash is that there is exactly one person to survive the crash.
When a small plane goes down, the results for the occupants are often disastrous. In many cases, small plane accidents are the result of faulty parts or improper maintenance on the part of the aircraft's owner.
A saga stemming from a skydiving plane that crashed nearly seven years ago appears to be at an end. Six people were killed when the plane went down in Missouri in 2006; the families of five of the victims sued the maker of one of the airplane's parts. A jury awarded the group $48 million -- $28 million in punitive damages and $20 million in compensatory damages.
As the war in Afghanistan has continued to stretch out, the need for U.S. civilians to conduct business in the country has increased. Conditions are obviously still dangerous for Americans there. A recent crash of a cargo plane there will serve to underscore that concept.