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Southwest Airlines flight Tuesday has an explosion and chaos reigns and 1 person is dead


An Algerian military plane carrying soldiers, their families and some refugees crashed soon after takeoff Wednesday into a field in northern Algeria, killing 257 souls (247 passengers; 10 crew) in what appeared to be the nation’s worst-ever aviation disaster.



Algerian state radio says that more than 100 people were killed in a military plane crash southwest of Algiers



3/27/1977: Two 747 jumbo jets crash into each other on the runway at an airport in the Canary Islands, killing 582 passengers and crew members.


A plane carrying 71 passengers and crew has crashed on landing at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport, killing 49



A Russian military transport plane carrying 33 passengers and six crew members crashed on landing at an air base in Syria on Tuesday.

NY Times


A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board. The cause is unclear at this point.



Talk about “lucky!”

1/13/1982: An Air Florida Boeing 727 plunges into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., killing 78 people.

History Channel


2017 airliner accident statistics showed an extremely low total of 10 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in 44 fatalities.

Aviation Safety

“……Five accidents involved cargo flights, five were passenger flights. Given the expected worldwide air traffic of about 36,800,000 flights, the accident rate is one fatal passenger flight accident per 7,360,000 flights……”




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