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

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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Breaking news


Breaking News: Yemeni passenger plane with 150 people onboard crashes into Indian Ocean.

According to reports, a Yemenia Airways Airbus A310 passenger jet has crashed into the Indian Ocean near the island nation of Comoros. At least 150 people were onboard the aircraft.

Conflicting reports say the flight number was Yemenia Airways Flight IY628 or Flight 626, traveling from Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, to Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport in Comoros. The flight originated in Paris, France. BNO News says the plane was flight 626 traveling from Comoros to Yemen.

Reuters quotes a senior Yemeni government official as saying "we don't know if there are any survivors." The plane crashed early Tuesday morning.

Comoros lies nearly 200 miles from mainland Africa. The small, three island nation has a population of just under 800,000 with a combined military and police force of around 1,000. Comoros has no navy, leaving it with little to no sea rescue resources.

"We really have no sea rescue capabilities," said an unnamed police official.
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Plane lands on the Hudson river after double bird strike


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.