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Articles by Ben Sandilands

Is this the end of cheap airfares? Qantas winning airline wars, but the real loser is you

Qantas and Virgin are rolling back cheap airfares. And that is very bad news for the flying public.

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What if the real threat on an airplane is inside the cockpit?

We have always worried about keeping baddies out of the cockpit. Should we start worrying about who is inside?

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Germanwings crash: what we know so far

There is nothing known that adversely reflects on the safety culture nor maintenance of Germanwings, but what caused the A320 to crash?

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Why are victims of Pel-Air crash not entitled to compensation?

If you get hit by a truck, you can claim compensation. But if you are injured and mentally scarred in a plane crash, tough cookies.

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What really happened to MH370: the most likely case

A secret smuggling operation for gold bullion, an American shoot-down, a Russian plot by way of Kazakhstan? The most likely explanation for the disappearance of MH370 might be the most chilling of all.

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MH370, one year on: what is Malaysia hiding?

There are many theories about the disappearance of MH370, some plausible, others less so. But one thing that has been firmly established by now is that the Malaysian government has lied about the plane from the first.

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TransAsia crash raises uncomfortable truths about air safety

The February 4 crash of a TransAsia ATR turbo-prop into a river near Taipei is not “just another unfortunate turbo-prop crash”. It has wide-ranging implications for Taiwanese air safety.

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Sketchy Pel-Air crash investigation raises uncomfortable questions for deputy PM

There’s plenty to worry about when it comes to crash investigation in Australia’s aviation industry — not that you’d know it from the minister’s interest in the subject.

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AirAsia crash fuels debate about live-streaming flight data

Recovering crash data from a sunken plane is no mean feat and, despite persistent criticism, the Indonesian authorities have so far done a very reasonable job.

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Media sink to new lows with speculation over downed AirAsia flight

Until the black boxes are recovered, endless speculation by so-called “experts” is pointless and cruel.

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Malaysian conspiracy to cover up the truth of MH370

Crikey asked Plane Talker Ben Sandilands to explain the loss of MH370 in as few words as possible in a year end review

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Does Qantas have a safety problem?

Qantas had three incidents in a 24-hour period yesterday. Is the flying kangaroo lax on safety, or was it just a string of bad luck?

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Pel-Air crash investigation was a debacle from go to whoa

A Pel-Air jet crashed into the sea near Norfolk island with six people aboard. The subsequent investigation revealed rank incompetence on the part of the aviation authorities.

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Tony Abbott’s big MH370 problem: is the Malaysian government lying?

The question that has been increasingly heard as the months pass is: who or what is the Malaysia government protecting?

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Life on Mars? What Philae’s discovery really means

The comet lander Philae has discovered a great deal that was previously unknown about comets. But it hasn’t brought home news of alien life.

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Balanced precariously on the face of a comet, Philae’s work is just beginning

This morning, the European Space Agency’s Philae lander touched down on the surface of a comet. Now comes the hard part.

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Cold as ice? Comet landing comes with a long tail of fibs

Think comets are pristine, snowy wonderlands? Think again — and comet lander Philae will prove it.

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Dreams of space tourism crash and burn as Virgin Galactic breaks under pressure

Richard Branson flew too close to the sun by ignoring concerns over a dangerously unstable fuel source.

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Virgin’s $1 acquisition of Tiger changes the game

Virgin is doubling down on its low-cost carrier, just as Singapore Airlines devotes all its attention to killing Jetstar in Asia.

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‘Once every million years’: comet hurtling towards Mars at 56km per second

The roll of the cosmic dice will (probably) spare Earth from a head-on collision with a comet as it flies past Mars on October 20 this year.

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New search underway for MH370: what we know so far

The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will resume this week in the high-pressure vast darkness that is the ocean floor.

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Think your arse is 100% safe in a Dreamliner? You’re dreaming

The good news is that Dreamliners aren’t totally unsafe — at least not more so than any other jet. But they aren’t exactly a neurotic’s dream either.

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A dangerous intruder just misses Earth — but will we be so lucky next time?

Say hello to 2014RC, an object that will pass over New Zealand on Monday. It won’t hit Earth this time — but watch out, as it will come back.

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Qantas v Virgin: the kick-and-gouge, cut-throat brawl

Qantas isn’t the only airline in financial strife, as Virgin Australia releases its latest financial results.

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Shareholders or passengers? Steep losses pose tough questions for the future of Qantas

Qantas international has suffered serious financial setbacks, despite earlier assurances to the contrary. The domestic arm isn’t looking too flash either.

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