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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.

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.

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