Tag: airline

  • Near miss of airline collision highlights aviation industry safety issues. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Near miss of airline collision highlights aviation industry safety issues.

    It was the worst aviation disaster that very nearly happened. An Air Canada Airbus A320 on approach to San Francisco International Airport in July of last year lined up to land on a taxiway where four airliners were waiting in line for departure. Pilots on those planes, an air traffic controller and the crew aboard…

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  • Aviation and the “Tombstone Mentality” - How Southwest 1380 Could Have Been Avoided | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Aviation and the “Tombstone Mentality” – How Southwest 1380 Could Have Been Avoided

    The uncontained engine failure of Southwest flight 1380 reminds us once again that commercial aviation is a business that does not always put safety first – and regulators seem reluctant to change that. Jennifer Riordan’s death could have been avoided if only the FAA did not have a “Tombstone Mentality.” My guest on this special…

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  • Pilot Episode: The Worst Airline Accident That Nearly Happened

    In July of 2017, an Air Canada passenger jet loaded with 135 passengers and 5 crewmembers nearly landed on a taxiway at San Francisco International Airport, where four jets were waiting to take off. At the last moment, the pilot aborted the landing, averting what could have been the worst aviation accident in history. How…

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  • Flying Cheap in the Unfriendly Skies

    The company actually in charge of United flight 3411 has not spoken up.

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  • Technology, Science, Space & The Environment | MilesObrien.com

    Flying with the Low Bidder

    There is an old, apt bromide in flying world: It’s easy to end up with a million dollars in the aviation business…just start with twenty million. And so it has gone for the airline industry. Since the airline business began nine decades ago, airline companies have collectively not made a dime. And these days the…

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  • From Sully – to Sullied

    Archive post, “Flying Cheap” preview

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