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Todd Curtis (airsafe)
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Author and and expert on aviation safety and security
Author and and expert on aviation safety and security

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This week in airline safety and security - 5 February 2016
First fatal airliner event of 2016 The February 2nd in-flight explosion on a Daallo Airlines A321 over Somalia led to the death of one passenger and was the first fatal airliner event of 2016. At present, the investigation into the explosion is ongoing, and...

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Airline safety and security review for the first half of 2015
In the first six months of 2015, AirSafe.com identified eight noteworthy events, but only the two involving passenger deaths on aircraft models commonly used by airlines in the US and the EU.
Those two events would be used to compute fatal event rates for p...

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Why the train crash in Philadelphia is like a plane crash
The crash of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 in Philadelphia, PA on May 12, 2015 involved an Amtrak passenger train, but in many ways this train crash was like a plane crash, specifically in the ways that the major US media outlets responded to the even...

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Ongoing Harvard health studies need input from pilots and flight attendants
Flight attendants and pilots face unique stresses and risks due to exposures that occur in the aircraft, as well as from issues outside of the aircraft such as fatigue brought on by disrupted sleep patterns. Understanding what those risks are, and what fact...

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French authorities release preliminary report on the Germanwings crash investigation
On 6 May 2015, the BEA (Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile) released a preliminary report on the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525 which highlighted the following findings: At about three minutes after the aircraft reache...

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The chemicals that may be in your emergency oxygen system
A recent article in i09.com described a reality that may surprise some passengers. In short, the passenger emergency oxygen system used in some airliners may generate small amounts of toxic chemicals in addition to oxygen. While that exposure may sound a bi...

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Are people with a history of depression or suicide attempts allowed to fly? - Yes they can!
The unfolding investigation of March 2015 crash of Germanwings flight 9525 has revealed that it is very likely that the first officer locked the captain out of the cockpit, and proceeded to deliberately crash the aircraft into the French Alps. Reports by Fr...

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At least seven deliberate crashes by airline pilots since 1980
24 March 2015; Germanwings A320-200; D-AIPX; flight 4U9525; near Barcelonnette, France: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Barcelona, Spain to Düsseldorf, Germany.
About a half hour after takeoff, while at a cruising altitude of 38,...

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Germanwings A320 crashes in France with the loss of all on board
24 March 2015; Germanwings A320-200; D-AIPX; flight 4U9525; near Barcelonnette, France: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Barcelona, Spain to Düsseldorf, Germany.
About a half hour after takeoff, while at a cruising altitude of 38,...
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