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No passengers injured when commercial jet lands at wrong airport

As we have seen on our blog, there are often few obvious outward causes of a plane crash. It often takes months, if not years, for the National Transportation Safety Board to determine what led to a commercial airline crash and issue a report to the public. The cause might be due to a mechanical issue, a design flaw, poor weather conditions or simple pilot error. 

Engine failure might be cause of Hawaiian crash

In some parts of the world, the only viable transportation to remote locations is via air travel -- even within the United States. In one remote part of Hawaii, the Kalaupapa peninsula on the island of Molokai is accessible only by airplane or via a trial by riding on a mule. Not surprisingly, the choice of most people these days is air travel.

Is commercial air travel actually getting more dangerous?

It would be logical to assume that with all the technology available to us in 2013 that many things that used to be dangerous in past years are now safe to the point of being routine. Car travel, for example, is much safer these days, thanks to fewer drunk drivers and better safety features in automobiles, among other reasons. While some kinds of surgery, such as major organ transplants, used to be experimental and highly risky, they are now commonplace.

Social media creating pitfalls in plane crash investigation

Events in the aftermath of a plane crash are frequently chaotic. Even weeks and months after an incident takes place, information can be hard to come by. In the case of a commercial aviation accident that took place last month in New York, that information is creating tension between two government agencies with oversight over the incident.

Cargo plane pilots often must deal with adverse conditions

By now, most of our New York readers have likely heard about the crash of a UPS cargo plane near the airport in Birmingham, Alabama. The two pilots on board were both killed. Despite the massive size of the jet that crashed, casualties in the plane crash were limited because the plane was carrying packages rather than passengers.

Final report in airplane crash cites loose oil cap as catalyst

Airplanes are a mode of transportation commonly used to travel longer distances. Accordingly, planes of various sizes are in the air daily. While most of the time these voyages are uneventful, when a plane does crash, the outcome can be devastating leaving those involved with catastrophic injuries or even resulting in death. Following such an incident, determining the cause of the crash is a top priority to authorities as well as survivors and those who lost loved ones.

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.

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