Why the Surprising Next Threat of Air Travel Is Much More Complex Than We Think

Airplanes are flying even farther, faster and lower than ever before — and that means other potential hazards could emerge during any airborne travel.

“Airplanes will land in multiple-digit airways,” Wayne Carver, spokesman for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, told The New York Times.

That is a stark contrast to previous generations of flying.

We are not simply limiting our takeoff and landing paths to runways with a control tower — which is the norm for the more popular airliners.

Here are some recent incidents, via The Times:

Advertisement Visit Site

The 175-seat Gulfstream G550 jet stopped short of landing on a runway in Honolulu on July 29.

As the aircraft descended, one of its engines failed. It eventually landed in the middle of a busy intersection.

The Pacific Northwest Regional 214 (PNRA) will not land in the National City International Airport in California because it is too difficult to reach an approved area.

“It has so many obstacles, it’s difficult,” Michael Lopez, PNRA’s chief pilot instructor, told The Times.

The 195-seat AP-3C Orion of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) made two emergency landings after one engine failed during a ferry flight from the United Kingdom. The aircraft has been grounded.

The Airbus A380 of the Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) became separated from its path when it landed at Singapore Airport in January.

The Airbus A320 operated by Noma Air of Thailand encountered “grazing icing” during an emergency landing in late January, adding to pilot confusion.

Advertisement Visit Site

Advertisement Visit Site

The latest Dao Tong Airlines Boeing 737 flew off course into the great squat of a mountain while en route from Copenhagen to Beijing.

News.com.au, an Australian website, claimed that further testing on the terrain was the only way the airline would know if its plane had truly landed on the mountain.

A similarly reportable incident was the Bellanca ATR turboprop plane operated by Algerian airline ACMI, which slid off the runway as it approached Nice Airport in France in April.

The crash damaged one of the plane’s wings, according to The Times.

It was the first fatal crash of an ATR since it came to market.

Sources: The New York Times, News.com.au, RegExposed / Featured Image: Thomas Dichtel/Flickr / Embedded Images: Serge Tochtermann/Flickr, Gullah Tours/Flickr

Leave a Comment