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Report: Known small aircraft defects unreported for years

Whether you drive a car in New York or not, we suspect most everyone knows about the biggest defective auto part recall in history. We're talking about the Takata air bag action that is now affecting somewhere close to 75 million vehicles.

FAA may ask Boeing replace parts on thousands of jets

On November 30, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed mandatory inspections on approximately 1,600 Boeing and Embraer jets in an attempt to prevent catastrophic accidents resulting from a manufacturing defect on the planes' horizontal stabilizers. The defect could affect several hundred Boeing 737 planes, a widely used jet common to all major commercial airlines in the U.S. If you have traveled by air in the U.S., you have likely seen the inside of a Boeing 737.

Does the public expect too much of planes' black boxes? p2

We are finishing up our posts about an interview with a British pilot published by Business Insider e-zine shortly after Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 crashed. The pilot explained that every pilot operates with a three-word mantra: aviate, navigate, communicate. The priority is always flying the plane. In a crisis situation, then, it makes sense that the pilots would not always be able to make a distress call to ground control.

Small aircraft accidents, the NTSB, and pilot error p2

An investigation into National Transportation Safety Board investigations of small aircraft accidents suggests that the agency may not be as thorough as it should be. USA Today and a San Antonio, Texas, television station joined forces recently to take a closer look at the NTSB's accident reports. They discovered that courts -- judges and juries -- found manufacturers liable in many of the accidents the agency had blamed on the pilots. This is not a new development, either. The cases go back decades.

Plane turns around after part of the wing becomes dislodged

It's almost a cliché for people to worry that some kind of unexplained equipment failure is going to strike their aircraft when they are due to travel. Of course, the odds of being in a crash due to aircraft product defects is relatively slim. Even so, when something that seems inconceivable does happen to a commercial jet, it makes all of us sit up and take notice, regardless of where in the world it takes place.

Skydiving plane crash kills 8 people in Finland

For people who have a quest for high-adrenaline activities, it's hard to beat skydiving. Jumping out of a plane is the height of adventure for many people -- and the last thing on earth that many other folks would want to do. At any rate, skydiving continues to be popular, and many small planes in service are devoted exclusively to taking up those who want to get back to earth on their own.

How safe would you be if you are involved in a plane crash?

The recent and still-unexplained disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines flight has got a lot of people talking about airplane safety. If the worst-case scenario is true and it turns out that nobody on the flight survived, it would be a major disaster. But while the loss of hundreds of people in one fell swoop is indeed dramatic, it can serve as a reminder that deaths in airplane accidents are relatively rare.

Appeals court restores $28 million award in plane crash lawsuit

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.

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