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The “Miracle Landing” in Micronesia: 1 missing; the rest made it.

9/1/1983: Soviet jet fighters intercept a Korean Airlines passenger flight in Russian airspace and shoot the plane down, killing 269 souls



8/28/1988: 3 jets collide in mid-air and fall into the crowd killing 69 of the 100,000 spectators died and injuring hundreds more .


8/19/1980: Fire on board Saudi jet forces landing and fireballs on the ground causing the death of over 300 souls.



Terror by Drone: “A new and dangerous era in non-state-sponsored terrorism clearly has begun, and no one is adequately prepared to counter it.”



Weaponized drones start with a tactical advantage: Most can fly lower than current technology is capable of readily detecting. Even if they were carrying only a small quantity of explosives, they could bring down a civilian aircraft in flight. Commercial airliners are vulnerable during takeoffs and landings when there is limited time for aircrews to react to unforeseen, and potentially hostile, events.

A simple hobbyist’s drone can down an airplane when joysticked into the airliner’s path. Militarized drones, the kind probably available to groups such as the Houthis, are heavier (but can weigh less than an adult human), and can carry several pounds of explosives at speeds up to 100 miles per hour with a range of 400 miles (about the distance between Washington and Boston). These flying robots can be programmed to maneuver into active airspace and wreak havoc without human guidance…..”


Video from inside the Aeromexico aircraft prior to its incredible crash with no lives lost.

97 passengers and 4 crew were on board an Aeromexico flight that crashed after take-off Tuesday, but so far no deaths.




5/25/1979: American Airlines Flight 191, the worst domestic air crash in U.S. history.

More than 100 people are feared dead after a Boeing 737 airliner crashed and burned after takeoff from Havana, Cuba.

NY Post

5/6/1937: The German airship Hindenburg, the largest dirigible ever built, explodes over Lakehurst, New Jersey killing 36.


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