In the wake of the “underpants bomber’s” thwarted attack Christmas Day on Northwest Airlines Flight Flight 253, it may be instructive to recall recent history. [See Aviation Safety Journal, ‘Public Skeptical of Increased Airline Security’] Here’s a section taken from a government document of five years ago: “Information was not shared … Analysis was not […]
Much can and should be done to reduce the risk of a midair collision, but action is apparently lagging. The 22 December case of a Cathay Pacific A330 and a Virgin Blue B737 flying in opposite directions at 37,000 feet over Australia is a good case in point. Note that both aircraft were at the […]
The failed Christmas terrorist attack on a Northwest Airlines A330 flight from Amsterdam to Detroit has prompted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to increase the number of air marshals on airliners and invoke other security procedures, such as preventing passengers from standing or using the lavatory in the last hour of flight. Air marshals […]
Once again, we have proof that the most dangerous part of the flight is during landing, when speed has to be reduced from about 130 mph to 10 mph to safely exit the runway. The latest evidence of this high-risk period comes from the landing overrun of an American Airlines twin jet at Kingston’s Norman […]
Accidents and incidents for the first week of December.