Topic archives: plane crash

Three years on from MH370’s disappearance, is the mystery now unsolvable?

March 7, 2017 4

The risk that MH370 might not be found until well after all of those alive today are dead, and its mystery thus irrelevant and forgotten, is very real.

Essendon plane crash and the fatal consequences of profit before people

February 22, 2017 6

Should shopping centres be put so close to airport runways? Should anything?

US makes moves to prevent flash fires on jets like MH370

September 13, 2016

The news has broken the day after an apparently burned potential piece of wreckage from MH370 was handed to Australia’s air safety investigator.

With MH370 likely found, Malaysia’s lies begin to come undone

August 6, 2015 5

France is now leading the investigation into wreckage that might have come from MH370. And that is very bad news indeed for Malaysia.

Plenty of paranoia, few answers in Germanwings investigation

Plenty of paranoia, few answers in Germanwings investigation

May 7, 2015

Paranoia is now on the loose in relation to pilots mental health issues, ranging from the remote possibility that two suicidal pilots might find themselves operating the same flight to misunderstandings about what the cabin attendant is going to do.

Why we need two people in a cockpit at all times (not because of terror threats)

Why we need two people in a cockpit at all times (not because of terror threats)

March 31, 2015

The probability of a cockpit medical emergency is much higher than an attempt by terrorists to storm a cockpit.

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

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

March 27, 2015 14

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

Germanwings crash: what we know so far

Germanwings crash: what we know so far

March 25, 2015 5

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

AirAsia X blames the crash of flight QZ8501 for refund delays

AirAsia X blames the crash of flight QZ8501 for refund delays

March 16, 2015

The decision to delay refunds to customers of AirAsia X flights is unforgivable.

What really happened to MH370: the most likely case

What really happened to MH370: the most likely case

March 11, 2015 12

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.

MH370, one year on: what is Malaysia hiding?

MH370, one year on: what is Malaysia hiding?

March 5, 2015 6

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.

The remains of MH370 are officially nowhere

The remains of MH370 are officially nowhere

February 20, 2015

Authorities continue to bungle the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

TransAsia crash raises uncomfortable truths about air safety

February 12, 2015

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.

AirAsia pilots said to have cut off flight computers before crash

AirAsia pilots said to have cut off flight computers before crash

January 30, 2015

There are now competing claims as to whether everything on the A320 had been properly maintained or not, with a new report indicating the pilots may have cut power to a critical computer system.

Coincidence? MH370 search vessels converge in the Indian Ocean

Coincidence? MH370 search vessels converge in the Indian Ocean

January 29, 2015

Coincidences mount in the search for MH370 as Malaysian authorities prepare to release an interim report on the flight's mystery disappearance.

What we know so far about the AirAsia QZ8501 crash

What we know so far about the AirAsia QZ8501 crash

January 22, 2015

Did AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash because of bad weather? Pilot error? Damage to the jet?

Is AirAsia to blame for last month’s deadly crash?

Is AirAsia to blame for last month’s deadly crash?

January 21, 2015

Did AirAsia adequately prepare its pilots and ensure that the A320 was in good working order?

AirAsia crash fuels debate about live-streaming flight data

AirAsia crash fuels debate about live-streaming flight data

January 12, 2015 1

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.

<em>Crikey</em>‘s Christmas catchup — what you’ve missed

Crikey‘s Christmas catchup — what you’ve missed

January 5, 2015 8

Crikey intern Mahalia Dobson breaks down the big stories of the Christmas break.

Media sink to new lows with speculation over downed AirAsia flight

Media sink to new lows with speculation over downed AirAsia flight

January 5, 2015 5

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