The cat is out of the bag, it seems, as far as the cause of the US Airways crash landing in Philadelphia last March. The information did not come from the usual source, however.
The investigation into the crash of a US Airways plane last March has taken an interesting turn, thanks to a successful Freedom of Information Act request for documents. The National Transportation Safety Board is annoyed with the Federal Aviation Administration, and US Airways is now the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit.
Our headline may be hard to believe after a week of wondering what caused AirAsia Flight 8501 to crash into the Java Sea. There was a moment of disbelief on Dec. 28 when news first broke that the plane had disappeared from radar just 35 minutes into its flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore.
Most of us have heard that most motor vehicle accidents occur close to home. The studies vary on the distance -- 1 mile, 10 miles, 50 miles -- but they all come to the same conclusion. Aside from being especially vigilant, there may be no way to change the results. Unless, of course, you choose never to go home again.
Continuing our discussion about drones….
We have been discussing the increasing popularity and availability of unmanned aerial vehicles -- aka UAVs or drones -- and the Federal Aviation Administration's attempts to regulate their use. The FAA has been slow to develop regulations for UAVs, but, as we said in our Nov. 21 post, the agency should publish rules for smaller (<55 lbs.) commercial drones in the next few weeks. (The federal government does not regulate UAVs used for "hobby or recreational reasons.")
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?"
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.
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.
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.