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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.

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.



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