Aircraft Crash News

Snoozing pilot blamed for Air India crash

17th Nov 2010 Airline News

A snoozing pilot has been blamed for a plane crash in southern India earlier this year, which claimed the lives of 158 passengers. The Air India Express aircraft crashed in May after approaching a runway at Mangalore airport at the wrong height and angle. According to an official investigation into the incident, the Serbian pilot - Zlatko Glusica - was “disorientated” having been asleep for much of the three-hour flight.

Aerocaribbean aircraft crashes in Cuba killing 68

Aerocaribbean aircraft crashes in Cuba killing 68

5th Nov 2010 Airline News

An aircraft operated by Aerocaribbean has crashed in central Cuba, killing all 68 passengers and crew on board local media have reported. The state-run aircraft had been flying from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to Havana when it came down near the town of Guasimal in Santi Spiritus province.

Escaped crocodile causes plane crash

Escaped crocodile causes plane crash

22nd Oct 2010

An escaped crocodile caused a plane crash in Congo that killed 20 passengers and crew, including the pilot. The small Turbolet was thrown off balance by passengers scrambling towards the cockpit to avoid the reptile, which had been smuggled onboard in a sports bag.

Passengers killed in Venezuela plane crash

Passengers killed in Venezuela plane crash

14th Sep 2010 Airline News

As many as 15 people have been killed following a plane crash on the outskirts of the Venezuelan city of Ciudad Guayana. The Conviasa operated ATR-42 turboprop aircraft crashed on arrival at Manuel Carlos Piar airport, with 47 passengers and four crew on board.

Passengers stranded following San Andres crash

Passengers stranded following San Andres crash

18th Aug 2010 Airline News

As many as 3,000 international passengers are stranded on the Colombian island of San Andres following a plane crash earlier this week. A United States National Transportation Safety Board team has arrived to examine the crash site alongside local officials.

Tombstone Mentality: Innovation in Aviation

Tombstone Mentality: Innovation in Aviation

9th Jul 2010 Focus

Plane crashes are almost always immediately followed by aviation defenders reiterating their mantra that flying is the safest way to travel. But how did aviation evolve from a daredevil adventure for pioneers like Charles Lindberg to become the mass transportation system of choice? Chris O’Toole takes a look.