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Hot air balloon crashes into power lines; 2 seriously burned

As readers of this blog might remember, we recently wrote about the rarity of hot air balloon accidents in terms of fatal accidents. However, while accidents do happen from time to time involving these aircraft, it is rare that they cause severe injuries to their occupants.

Rock drummer won't tour with band because he'd have to fly

For the survivors of a plane crash, memories of the incident -- if not the injuries -- can linger on for years, sometimes for a lifetime. For people who have to travel for work, this can place a huge burden on their careers. Such is the case for a well-known drummer for a rock band who is staying at home in the U.S. rather than flying with his bandmates to Australia for a tour.

Investigation confirms pilot in crash became disoriented in fog

When a small plane crashes, there are often many more questions than there are answers. And when there are no survivors of a small plane crash, interviewing the people involved becomes impossible. Official investigations can take years to complete as employees of the National Transportation Safety Board attempt to explain what has occurred.

2 survive plane crash into Hudson River; cause not certain

The Hudson River is no stranger to plane crashes. Four years ago this month, US Airways Flight 1549 famously ditched into the river near New York City's 48th Street, famously captained by Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. All 155 people on board survived, and the image of the plane half-submerged in the river was an indelible one for anyone involved in the aviation industry.

Small plane crashes on Florida's northeast coast

Accidents involving small planes happen all of the time in the United States. Just yesterday, a small plane went down on the northeast coast of Florida. The Beechcraft Bonanza BE35 was en route from Daytona Beach to Knoxville, Tennessee, when the pilot reported a mechanical problem, federal authorities said.

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