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US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, New York, USA on 15 January 2009. (Photo by Greg L via wikimedia, CC-BY)

The Heroics of Captain Sully and the “Miracle on the Hudson”

As the public understands it, Sully saved 155 lives through nerves of steel and superhuman flying skills. The truth isn’t quite so romantic.
by Patrick Smith
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Terminal Madness: What is Airport Security? (Part Two)

Why can’t TSA exhibit common sense now and then? If we’re to believe that TSA screeners are well-trained professionals, why can't they handle an occasional judgment call?
by Patrick Smith
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“The Why” Behind Accidental Door Slide Deployments

An Emergency Slide Inflated into the Cabin of a United Airlines 737. What Went Wrong? Plus: Evacuation Etiquette, and Everything You Need to Know About Doors.
by Patrick Smith
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The Continuing Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

People keep asking “how can a plane simply disappear?” It’s an idea that doesn’t seem to compute in an age of instant and total connectivity.
by Patrick Smith
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A Southwest Airlines jet on approach to Logan Airport passes over Revere Beach. (Photo by Sara Jeanne Edwards via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA)

Revere Beach Reveries: A Summer Oasis On Approach to Logan Airport

Sometimes when I hear the whine of jet engines, I think of the beach.
by Patrick Smith
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