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Sophisticated systems keep planes in bubbles of safety.
The scene of the fatal crash at Essendon Airport, where authorities allowed extensive development between the runways and surrounding housing.
Airport operators enjoy the privileged position in Australian planning law of being able to decide their own futures. Their exemption from state planning rules threatens orderly planning and safety.
Fire crew at the scene where a light plane crashed into the back of a DFO building at Essendon airport in Melbourne.
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Air crash investigators will be piecing together the events leading up to the crash of a charter aircraft in Essendon this week.
Air accident investigations are meticulous, thorough, and are the reason air travel is as safe as it is.
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Speculating on the cause of any crash is very difficult, but several key explanations are far more likely than any others.
As seen on 24-hour television news.
Ghoulish obsession with flames, death and grief among the media obscures how safe we really are.
Hawker Hunter WV372, the aircraft that crashed at Shoreham.
The first loss of life among airshow spectators since 1952, any changes to rules that follow will make them safer still.
A piece of aircraft wing that washed up on an Indian Ocean island.
The aircraft part found on an Indian ocean island is said to be from a Boeing 777 but the challenge now is to determine if the wreckage is from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370.
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Stray debris on a distant beach could well be the first remnant found of missing Flight MH370.
Two hands on the wheel is twice as safe.
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It takes two people to launch a nuclear missile - it's time the same level of safety returned to the cockpit.
Two up front for safety?
The aims of safety and security are not always on the same team, sometimes with disastrous results.
According to the statistics, modern airliners are safer than ever.
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.
A Germanwings Airbus A320 similar to the one that crashed into the French Alps.
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.
Recovering the lost aircraft will be hampered by the terrain, snow and weather.
The crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525 in the Alps with the loss of 150 lives will have left grieving families wanting answers, but all we can do is wait.
AirAsia flight QZ8501 is the third flight from a Malaysian carrier to be lost in 2014.
While the full picture has yet to emerge, it appears that the reason for the loss of Air Asia flight QZ8501 is different from the losses of MH370 and MH17 earlier this year. MH17 was clearly a man-made…
An Indonesian transport ministry officer shows the airline routes on a map.
Once again, the news agenda is dominated by tragedies. A Greek ferry is stranded by fire in the Mediterranean, and an airliner is lost over the Java Sea. Both of these disasters are ongoing, so it would…