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Is it just me, or plane crashes getting increasingly more frequent?

Bear in mind, sometimes plane crashes get varying amounts of press coverage dependong on where you live.

Anyone got any links or information apart from my 5 minutes on Wikipedia?

Seriously. I think there have been, what, four major crashes with fatalities in the last two months alone?

As airline cut costs, downsize and continue to cut corners, especially in this economy, the most predictable outcome is less safety and more accidents. Running an airline is expensive; running a safe airline is outrageously expensive and not too competitive when all your competitors are busy slashing costs and cutting corners everywhere they can.

Number of notable aviation-related crashes and accidents in 2004: 12.

Number of notable aviation-related crashes and accidents in 2005: 22.

Number of notable aviation-related crashes and accidents in 2006: 22.

Number of notable aviation-related crashes and accidents in 2007: 33.

Number of notable aviation-related crashes and accidents in 2008: 33.

Number of notable aviation-related crashes and accidents in 2009: 25.
(And counting, I mean we're just past the half-way point of this year.)

In fact just as I was typing this, there's news of another plane crash, a small commuter plane that crashed and killed the pilot.

Yes, I realize wikipedia isn't the best source of information and hardly a news source, and some of the incidents mentioned in the wiki categories linked above refer to some military conflicts and training exercises and whatnot, so they kind of don't count. Maybe when I get home I can do some deeper digging and sort out just the commercial crashes and incidents with fatalities specifically, which is what I'm really on about.

disorderata might know more than I'm babbling on about. But if I'm on to something, you heard it here first, etc.

ETA: Some quick abuse of office broadband yielded I'm on to something: Two well-written, balanced articles taking into account all the factors involved in these deceptively simple statistics; but ultimately, the numbers do add up to paint a very disturbing picture:

Spiegel.de: A Worrying Trend: Air Safety Plunges in First Half of 2009.
"For the first six months of this year alone, the accident rate is already 50 percent higher than the total annual average in the first six months of the past 10 years."

The Independant: Airline crashes make 2009 a deadly year in the skies.
 
 
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26 June 2009 @ 08:58 am
Michael Jackson has died of cardiac arrest at age 50.

Now everyone who made fun of him will be all like, ZOMG ITS SO SAD, HE WAS SO AWESOME, etc. etc. Makes me sick to my stomach.

Pharyngula, however, said it best about his death:

Die young, leave a strange corpse.
 
 
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10 May 2009 @ 11:22 am
 
 
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An Airbus with 155 passengers on board gets smacked with a double bird strike, disabling both engines, moments after takeoff; pilot glides plane into the Hudson River, everyone on board survives.
Stephanie Nachman, who works in a high-rise building in Times Square, said she had seen the plane crash. "It wasn't wild or erratic but if as it was landing on a runway," she said. Within minutes, she added, people got out, doors popped out and rafts unfurled.
With video. Miracle* is right. And of course, the first reports showed up on Twitter (first pic above).

*In the sense that water landings are typically suicide. I'm quite sure this is the first time in history a water landing actually went off as illustrated in the safety brochure. Amazing work by the pilot and flight crew, he glided the plane using only rudder controls, which is in itself nearly impossible to pull off.
 
 
 
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06 January 2009 @ 12:39 am

Matt Bors strikes again.
 
 
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12 December 2008 @ 03:17 pm
News  

50s pinup queen Bettie Page has died, aged 85.
She had a heart attack last week and never regained consciousness.


No bailout for car makers.
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27 November 2008 @ 03:40 am
WTF  
Men armed with machine guns and grenades storm Mumbai's tourist hotspots and hotels, killing over 80 and injuring over 250.

MUMBAI (Reuters) - At least 80 people were killed in attacks apparently aimed at tourists in India's financial capital Mumbai on Wednesday night, and television channels said Westerners were being held hostage at two five-star hotels.

At least 250 people were wounded in the series of attacks, police said. Local television channels said the army had begun moving into one of the hotels, the Oberoi, containing hostages.

Apart from the hotels, attackers also targeted the Cafe Leopold, perhaps the most famous restaurant and hang-out for tourists in the city, as well as hospitals and railway stations.

"I guess they were after foreigners, because they were asking for British or American passports," said Rakesh Patel, a British witness who lives in Hong Kong and was staying at the Taj Mahal hotel on business. "They had bombs. They came from the restaurant and took us up the stairs," he told the NDTV news channel, smoke stains all over his face. "Young boys, maybe 20 years old, 25 years old. They had two guns."