Like most other aviation calamities, the 583 people killed in 1977 when a KLM 747 struck a Pan Am 747 at Tenerife resulted not from a single error or failure, but from a chain of improbable errors and failures, together with a stroke or two of really bad luck.
For 14 days now, the world has followed the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines 370. While the potential debris field recently discovered in the South Indian Ocean offers hope, the world has had two weeks filled with misdirection, red herrings, wild speculation and myriad theories being bandied about that range from the absurd to the preposterous.
Despite what many young Americans seem to think, aircraft sabotage did not begin with the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has been with us for decades. Following is a list of some of the worst air-related terrorist acts of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.
What’s involved in a waterborne search for a missing plane? The Coast Guard and its hardworking members have been and continue to be semper paratus, or “always ready.”
The Information Age has redefined how people get their information when breaking news happens. No longer is your choice simply between cable networks and broadcast networks, now there are specialty websites and Twitter accounts to consider as well. This is especially true when it comes to aviation events such as the recent Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 or Ethiopian Airlines Flight 702 incidents. Because when it comes to picking your source for aviation news, we know you have a choice.
In a press conference, Malaysian PM Najib Razak confirmed that recent discoveries left no doubt that Malaysian Airlines flight 370 was hijacked.
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.