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Travelers Have Options When Researching Safety of Foreign Airlines

International air travel has become remarkably safe in recent years, with deadly accidents like last month’s Lion Air crash in Indonesia becoming more rare. Statistics aside, the accident is making travelers wary of flying in some countries or on certain …

NTSB Blames Air Canada Pilots for Near Miss at California Airport Last Year

Federal safety officials blame two Air Canada pilots for coming within 10 to 20 feet of crashing their jetliner into a plane on the ground last year in San Francisco. The Air Canada pilots were apparently confused because one of …

Watchdog Probe Finds FAA Inspectors let Unsafe Charters Fly

Government aviation inspectors allowed unsafe aircraft to operate in U.S. commercial flight operations, a whistleblower investigation has concluded. The Federal Aviation Administration’s own review confirmed the allegations, according to the Office of Special Counsel, the agency charged with investigating complaints …

Survivors of Southwest Engine Explosion Could File PTSD Claims

Being on an airplane more than six miles in the air when an engine blows up and sends shrapnel through a window is an experience so scary that aviation lawyers say it’s not just the family of the woman killed …

Deadly Air Crashes Shatter 2017 Aviation Safety Record

Three deadly air crashes that have killed 170 passengers in the past 4 1/2 weeks may indicate that 2017, the safest-ever year for aviation, represented a statistical blip. A total of five fare-paying customers lost their lives in just two …

Grand Canyon Helicopter Firm Plans New Tanks After Crash

The company whose helicopter was involved in a deadly crash at the Grand Canyon is adding new fuel systems to its fleet that could help prevent or limit burn injuries. Papillon Airways announced an agreement this week with StandardAero for …

Probe Into First Aircraft Crash Believed to be Caused by Drone

A helicopter’s crash landing in South Carolina this week may have been triggered by a civilian drone, which would make it the first drone-related crash of an aircraft in the U.S. The incident on Wednesday involved a student pilot and …

Flurry of Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours May Factor Into Crash

Six British friends boarded a sightseeing helicopter outside Las Vegas on their way to one of the busiest and noisiest stretches of the Grand Canyon – tribal land that is less regulated than the national park and allows tour pilots …

Lack of Tracking Means Planes Could Still Vanish Into Thin Air Like MH370

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 prompted a slew of safety proposals meant to prevent another jetliner from inexplicably vanishing. Yet four years later, that possibility remains. That’s because international requirements for new planes to broadcast their locations every …

Zero Passenger Deaths Reported by Airlines in 2017

President Donald Trump is taking credit for the safety of the U.S. aviation system even though it is being run by a holdover from the previous administration and has avoided any commercial passenger fatalities for several years before he took …