air safety


The Age of the Airship May Be Dawning Again

Dirigibles ruled the skies once. Can they make a comeback?


Anatomy of an Accidental Shootdown

Three decades ago, a perfect storm of miscommunication, miscalculation, and human error in the heat of battle caused the United States to make a mistake similar to the one Iran just did.

An altar with photographs of the victims who were killed in a plane crash in Iran is seen at a vigil in Ottawa, Ontario, on Jan. 9.

Canada’s Path to Justice from Iran Over Shot-Down Flight Will Be Hard

States have been historically reluctant to take responsibility for attacks on civilian planes.

A group exercises in the smog near the tomb of Mohammed Shah at Lodhi Gardens in New Delhi on Jan. 12.

India’s Deadly War on Experts

Empty promises and bad data won’t solve the air pollution crisis.

A mother carries her sick child inside the respiratory wing of the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul on Feb. 18.

Afghanistan’s Air Is Deadlier Than Its War

Every winter, Kabul’s skies turn black — and children die.

A man carries a piece of the  Lion Air flight JT 610 wreckage which is being moved to another location for further investigation at the Tanjung Priok port on November 2, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia..  (Photo by Ed Wray/Getty Images)

Asia’s Airlines Are on Course for More Disasters

Cheap flights are pushing the limits of regulation .

Three Boeing 737 Max 8 planes from Shanghai Airlines parked at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on March 11, 2019.

Boeing’s Crisis Strengthens Beijing’s Hand

In its trade standoff with the United States, China’s Ace could be the 737 Max.


How the 737 Max Series Went Wheels Down All Over the World

The Ethiopian Airlines crash brought flights on the latest iteration of Boeing’s best-selling aircraft to a standstill in only five days.

People stand near collected debris at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 near Bishoftu, a town southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 11. (Michael Tewelde/AFP/Getty Images)

Boeing Insists Its Planes Are Safe. So Why Is the FAA Ordering Fixes?

As the U.S. becomes the last country to ground the 737 Max, pilots say Boeing was quietly scrambling to improve its safety.

Passengers arrive from international flights on March 21, 2017  at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. 
Passengers traveling to the United States from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries will be prohibited from bringing laptops, tablets and other portable electronic devices on board with them when they fly. The nine airlines affected by the US ban are Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT        (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Laptop Ban May be Expanded to Flights From Europe

Counterterrorism experts say the move indicates terrorists may have new bomb-making capabilities.

GRABOVO, UKRAINE - JULY 22:  Wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 lies in a field on July 22, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine.  Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack.  (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Russia Is In Tailspin Over MH17 Shootdown Report

Moscow’s counterspin hits high gear to discredit a Dutch-led inquiry that strongly indicates Russia played a role in downing of Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine.

This picture taken on May 19, 2016, shows an Egyptair Airbus A330 from Cairo taxiing at the Roissy-Charles De Gaulle airport near Paris after its landing a few hours after the MS804 Egyptair flight crashed into the Mediterranean. 
An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean on May 19, 2016, with 66 people on board, prompting an investigation into whether it was mechanical failure or a bomb. There were no immediate reports of the discovery of any debris in the area of sea between the Greek islands and the Egyptian coast where the plane vanished from radar screens. / AFP / THOMAS SAMSON        (Photo credit should read )

Live Blog: EgyptAir Flight Disappears Over Mediterranean

Follow FP's coverage throughout the day for live updates about the EgyptAir crash.


State Dept. Denies U.S. and Iran Are Looking to Establish Direct Flights

The statement comes after reports in the Iranian press that talks were underway to establish nonstop flights.


U.S. Aviation Authorities: Plane Groundings Not Due to a Hack

A failed software update -- not a hack -- kept planes in the Washington, D.C., region on the ground Saturday.

Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015.  The two-metre-long debris, which appears to be a piece of a wing, was found by employees of an association cleaning the area and handed over to the air transport brigade of the French gendarmerie (BGTA), who have opened an investigation. An air safety expert did not exclude it could be a part of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing in the Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YANNICK PITOU        (Photo credit should read YANNICK PITOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaysia Confirms Debris Comes From Missing Airliner

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday morning that an airplane fragment found late last month was debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

US President Barack Obama walks to a group photo session with Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit at Yanqi Lake, north of Beijing on November 11, 2014. Top leaders and ministers of the 21-member APEC grouping are meeting in Beijing from November 7 to 11. AFP PHOTO/Greg BAKER        (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin’s Good-Cop, Bad-Cop Act

Russia's leader wins President Obama's praise for his role in the Iran nuclear deal. But ongoing disputes from Syria to Ukraine raise doubts about the prospects for truly friendly relations.