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Many years later, Flight 800 crash cause still debated

For the families of victims of commercial airplane crashes, finding answers can be an elusive process. Years, even decades, may pass before a definitive cause is found. Even after a ruling, it can be tough for people to believe an official report -- particularly when there is a lot of controversy surrounding it.

Could a passenger open a door on a passenger jet in flight?

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.

Large jet clips another at JFK Airport; fortunately, nobody hurt

When most people think of what constitutes a commercial aviation accident, most people are likely to think of a plane crash after something goes wrong in the air. However, the potential for accidents certainly exists on the ground as well -- at the airport, either before or after a plane is scheduled to take off or land. With some airports seeing record numbers of traffic via planes from all over the world, some kind of incident on the ground would seem very possible.

Lawsuits still pending over Buffalo plane crash 4 years ago

As the four-year anniversary of a commercial aviation accident near Buffalo, New York, approaches, several wrongful death lawsuits are still working their way through federal court in regard to the crash, which took place in wintry weather. Continental Flight 3407 crashed in February 2009, killing all 49 people on board and one person on the ground.

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