Volcanic ash is made of tiny crystal and rock fragments that during an eruption can reach as high as the cruising altitude of commercial aircraft, and that's a concern for airlines.
Pilots are often overtired, making them prone to errors. Some countries let them sleep on the job – under strict rules. Pilots love the idea, but consumers are wary, for now.
More than 40 people died in the May 5, 2019 crash, and reports indicate that passengers taking luggage with them may have slowed the evacuation. So what do we need to do to stop such behaviour?
The job of looking after safety in the skies remains a highly sexualised occupation.
Big lines and long distances to walk have plagued airports since the dawn of the jet age. New designs and technologies haven't helped much, even if they're visually impressive.
Eight decades after missing aviator Amelia Earhart was declared dead, technologies still don't quite track every airplane all over the globe.
The flight data may only shed light on what happened. Investigators must systematically investigate other evidence to find out why JT-610 crashed.
Aviation safety has much to gain from neuroscience: studying how our brains become “deaf” to alarms allows us to adapt the pilot's flight instruments.
Airplanes could be safer with technology at the helm. A key sticking point is human opinion.
Major airports around the world will see more frequent flight restrictions in the coming decades because of increasingly common hot temperatures.
The true radiation risk from commercial flying has nothing to do with security scans. A radiation expert explains how much cancer risk the most frequent of flyers take on when they take to the skies.
The U.S. is considering expanding a ban it imposed in March on several Middle Eastern countries to all flights from Europe. A close look suggests the meager benefits just aren't worth the high costs.
United Airlines' recent stumbles suggest its culture is too 'tight' and constrained by rules, leaving employees little room to make judgement calls.
Nearly 60% of pilots say they know of colleagues who are tired at work.
Only six percent of airline accidents in 2015 included fatalities. A security expert argues that a more accurate risk assessment of airline travel would take into account close calls.
Air accident investigations are meticulous, thorough, and are the reason air travel is as safe as it is.
Being a pilot may be an exciting career choice but working conditions aren't always what they're cracked up to be.
If passengers are to be offered in-flight Wi-Fi, then airlines should add another black box to record what's happening on their networks.
Cost cutting by commercial airlines has led to a worrying rise in inexperienced pilots.
Understanding the psychology of tragedies need not involve knee-jerk prejudice.