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'Spaceline' test flight goes wrong; can NTSB make it right?

In the days since the failed test flight of SpaceShipTwo, the 24-hour news cycle has spawned many predictable and unanswerable questions to experts, pundits and Virgin Galactic LLC founder Richard Branson. The most common has been, "What happened?"

'Spaceline' test flight goes horribly wrong

When the movie "The Right Stuff" came out in 1983, a friend of ours was in the early stages of what would become a lifelong crush on Sam Shepard. Shepard is a playwright and an actor who seems to specialize -- on screen, at least -- in modern cowboys that operate a little outside of the mainstream. His characters have been the silent, observant men of few words, rugged and singular but cultured in their own ways. Or so our friend says.

Flight attendants, airline employees question industry's response to Ebola p2

The controversy surrounding the Ebola virus here in the U.S. ramped up last week when one of the nurses who cared for Thomas Duncan flew from Ohio to Texas when she had a mild fever. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the nurse's symptoms fell well below the threshold in the agency's guidelines but also admitted that she probably should not have been on the plane.

Flight attendants, airline employees question industry's response to Ebola

The world is in the midst of the worst Ebola epidemic in history. The World Health Organization's first statement about the outbreak came in March 2014. Now, a little more than six months later, WHO reports that there have been nearly 9,000 cases and almost 4,500 deaths related to the virus.

Finding the right lawyer after an aviation accident

Following an aviation accident that has claimed the life of a loved one, family members can be left in a state of sadness and bewilderment. However, decisions made during this time can be crucial to the family’s financial well-being, so it’s important that the family have a good lawyer advocating on their behalf.

NTSB's TDA: We're the government, and we're here to help you

It may not have been the worst year, but 1996 was not a good year for aviation. It was the year of the ValuJet crash in the Everglades (110 aboard, 110 killed). There were crashes in Norway and India that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of passengers and crew members. A U.S. Air Force jet crashed in Croatia, killing the 35 people on board, one of whom was the Secretary of Commerce. And, of course, it was the year that TWA Flight 800 exploded off the coast of Long Island, killing all 230 aboard.

Is it possible to plan for a plane crash?

By now, many New Yorkers have heard about the plane crash last week that killed a member of the famous Rockefeller family. Richard Rockefeller, who was a physician who lived in Maine, died when his single-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Westchester County Airport. The plane crash happened just outside the airport grounds, in a neighborhood in Purchase. The pilot was the only casualty of the accident.

New York-bound pilot injured by laser pointer aimed from ground

While flying in commercial jets is, by and large, a safe endeavor, there are many things that can go wrong. In some cases, pilot errors can lead to disaster, while in some cases, a commercial airline accident is due to mechanical failure of some kind. It is rare, however, that the cause of a crash could come from some sort of external cause.

Airline fined for chaotic aftermath of 2013 airline crash

Several weeks ago, we wrote about the hectic aftermath of an Asiana Airlines jet crash at the San Francisco International Airport in July. A new report had described how firefighters weren't able to communicate with one another effectively, leading to the death of one of the survivors when she was hit by a fire truck. The federal Department of Transportation has underscored the chaos that ensued -- at the airport and for families trying to get information -- by fining the airline $500,000.

New report on Asiana crash shows chaos in aftermath of accident

As we have talked about frequently on our aviation accidents blog, there may be many factors at play when there is a catastrophic event involving an airplane. In a small plane crash, there may be relatively few variables; the pilot might be the only person responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of a single-engine plane, for example.

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