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Concerns after losing a loved one in an aviation accident

Your loved one has been killed in an aviation accident. Naturally, you are likely in extreme shock and mourning the loss of someone you love. At the same time, many people feel a sense of frustration or even anger that something like this could have happened. So what is the next step?

What are the worst countries for fatal airplane crashes?

Last week, some of our readers may have heard about a tragic plane crash that killed 224 people. The Russian Metrojet airplane crashed in Egypt on Saturday. This has prompted a lot of discussion related to airplane crashes around the world. This week a news source looked at Aviation Safety Network data to see which countries were the atal airline accidents.

Does low cost mean less safety for budget airlines?

If a product or service is offered to consumers at a lower price than competitors in the same industry, many people assume that corners have been cut, meaning important safety measures may have also been ignored. From mass transit accidents to massive motor vehicle recalls, it's not hard to believe this assumption and wonder if it applies to all products and services offered in the United States.

FAA: Is reauthorization delayed reauthorization denied? p2

We are talking about the Federal Aviation Administration and a bill in the House of Representatives that has an iffy future. The bill is a funding bill, and the author, House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa), believes the government could save money and improve safety by sending one major function of the FAA to the private sector.

FAA: Is reauthorization delayed reauthorization denied?

The Federal Aviation Administration has gone through more than a few iterations in the last 50 years. The change that travelers are most familiar with, of course, came in the aftermath of 9/11: The Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001 moved the responsibility for aviation security from the FAA to the Transportation Security Administration, a newly created agency within the Department of Transportation. The TSA would later move to the Department of Homeland Security.

Can an industry and its regulators 'solve' mental health issues? p3

Depression comes on slowly. A person suffering from depression is having more than a bad day, though. There are physical symptoms -- sudden weight gain or loss and changes in sleep habits, for instance -- but those symptoms aren't unique to depression. There can be a change in overall demeanor; a person with depression may be more withdrawn or "gloomy." There can be a tendency toward negative thoughts, a tendency for the person to blame himself for things that he has no control over.

Signs that a plane may be in trouble

Flying can be a very scary experience for some people. They worry about what could go wrong, the training of the pilots and what would happen in an emergency situation. This is certainly not uncommon, as many people aren't familiar with how a plane operates and what it is capable of doing.

Midway Airport accident reminds us of danger to ground crews

A tragic accident at Midway Airport in Chicago reminds us that ground crew are so vulnerable. A ramp agent died when the luggage cart he was driving collided with another. Chicago police, airline officials and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating, but no one has offered an explanation of why the crash occurred.

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