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2019 is the 3rd or 7th safest year in aviation

Crash landingIn 2019, 20 fatal airliner accidents with fatalities occurred. The number of fatalities is 283, reports the Aviation Safety Network. The number of accidents is higher than the 5-year average of 14 accidents. But the number of fatalities is considerably lower than the 5-year average of 480 fatalities.

Fatal airliner accidents

Thirteen accidents involved passenger flights, 6 were cargo flights. One out of the 20 accident airplanes was operated by an airline on the EU blacklist, down by 2 compared to 2018. Despite the increased number of accidents...
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MH17: will justice ever be done?

Russian fighter after downing MH17Legitimus Maritis is certainly not a Dutch name. But a Russian troll uses it while posing as a Dutch investigator who's investigating the MH17 stories. He or she has posted a series of responses to our Facebook post of April 29, 2019. It refers to an article on our website of the same date.

Misinformation on MH17

Most of the Russian troll’s posts contain videos and present Russian misinformation and fake news. Interestingly, Facebook appears to have censored or blocked some of the videos. This prevents our...
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KLM pays compensation by exception

KLM Royal Dutch AirlinesKLM Boeing 747 will settle with 3 passengers. They will get €600 ($665) each as compensation for the delay following a fuel disturbance at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on July 24, 2019. This way KLM avoids a legal ruling, according to Aviclaim. This is one of the many “claim farms”, as the aviation industry calls claim agencies derogatory.

Claim agencies

Those claim agencies are a thorn in the airlines’ flesh. Often they succeed in forcing airlines to follow the law. To airlines this is a...
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Searching for culprits MH17

Igor GirkinOn July17, 2014, Malaysia/KLM codeshare flight MH17/KL4103 is shot down over eastern Ukraine. All 298 passengers and crew members on board die instantly. Minutes after the disaster the Russian commander Igor Girkin proudly tweets they have just downed a plane. Girkin – also known as Igor Strelkov – probably thinks they shot down a Ukrainian military plane. But when it appears to be a passenger plane, he deletes the tweet.

Draft resolution

In 2015, the UN Security Council debates about a draft resolution to establish an international tribunal...

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How clean are aircraft cabins?

Ryanair cabinLow-cost carrier Ryanair is the dirtiest airline in the UK. This writes Which?, a British consumer organization, in a recent report. Their qualification of cabin cleanliness is based on research from their expert travel investigations team and surveys of nearly 8,000 Which? members.

Outbreak of norovirus

The passengers sitting near you may present the largest risk of infection, according to experts. In 2008, scientists in the USA investigate an outbreak of norovirus on a flight from Boston to Los Angeles. A number of passengers on the flight...
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Hijack alert at Amsterdam airport

AirEuropaFlight UX1094 of the Spanish carrier Air Europa is scheduled for departure at 7:10 pm on November 6, 2019. The plane is parked at Amsterdam Schiphol’s D concourse and passengers are boarding. Suddenly, the plane sets off a hijack alert, while 27 passengers already are on board.

Special forces

As a result, large scale emergency services turn out, including special forces, military police, the fire department, and helicopters. Moreover, pier D is evacuated. However, 2 hours later the alarm appears to be false. How is that possible?

Trainee

The captain is in the...
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