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Passengers stand on the wings of a US Airways Flight 1549 after it landed in the Hudson River, New York, January 15, 2009. Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Why the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ in the new movie Sully was no crash landing

The movie Sully, out today, tells the story of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger who landed an Airbus A320-214 in New York's Hudson River. To accident experts, this was no crash landing.
According to the statistics, modern airliners are safer than ever. John/Flickr

How safe is air travel today?

In light of another tragic airline crash, it's natural to ask whether air travel is becoming less safe. In fact, air travel is safer than at almost any point in history.
Preparing for bodies – Emergency vehicles are lined up near the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 Flight 4U9525. EPA/Sebastian Nogier

Recovering the bodies from the Germanwings air crash in the Alps

The mountainous terrain of the crash site of Germanwings flight 4U9525 will be a challenge for recovering the 150 people killed in the accident.
A Germanwings Airbus A320 similar to the one that crashed into the French Alps. EPA/Jan-Arwed Richter

Flying low during an emergency: from the pilot’s point of view

The European Alps where Flight 4U 9525 crashed -- killing 150 onboard -- are known by pilots to be a hazardous place. Just one of many things a pilot must consider during any air emergency.
A co-pilot on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (seen here in 2010) died after the spacecraft crashed in the Mojave desert. EPA/Mark Greenberg/Virgin Galactic

SpaceShipTwo cost a life, so why do we still use human test pilots?

Tragically, the experimental spaceplane SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave desert during a test flight on Friday, killing one pilot and injuring another. It is not clear what went wrong, and the coming…
Watching video on your smartphone is fine during take off and landing - so long as your device is in flight mode. Flickr/colorblindPICASO

Smartphones on aircraft – what access do we really want?

Australia is playing catch up by allowing plane passengers to keep their mobile phone switched on – albeit in flight mode only – during take off and landing. But many have probably already done this. A…
The missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft pictured in 2013. Flickr/Paul Rowbotham

Would real-time tracking have helped missing flight MH370?

The introduction of constant tracking of commercial aircraft during the whole journey has been raised by Malaysian authorities in a preliminary report into missing flight MH370. It’s been two months now…

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