A Daallo Airlines pilot managed to safely land a plane after an explosion ripped through the jet’s fuselage a few days ago. All but one passenger survived the event, and the ensuing investigation apparently revealed that the person who died following the explosion was actually a suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device just minutes after takeoff.
It’s nothing short of astonishing that 64-year-old Vladimir Vodopivec managed to land safely after a mid-air explosion ripped a hole in the fuselage of the Airbus A321 he was piloting on Tuesday. But because he kept his cool amid the chaos, the plane’s 74 passengers and crew all survived to tell the tale, and one man even managed to film video of the interior of the plane as it barreled through the sky with a gaping hole in the side of the cabin. More →
So you’re anxious about flying to your next destination, but you have no choice. Curing your fear of flying is a difficult thing to do, if it’s even possible, but there are ways to calm yourself down. You already know that flying is the safest form of travel out there, and pilots are trained to handle even the most intense situations — check out these videos of pilots landing their crafts safely in some very scary conditions.
If that’s not reassuring enough, we can at least tell you where to sit on the plane so you’re least likely to be killed on impact in the event of a crash.
An hour into their trip from Tokyo to Auckland on an Air New Zealand airplane, passengers aboard this flight experienced severe turbulence, the kind that makes you worry about your life. Turbulence hit right during dinner service and the results look just like the aftermath of a massive party in an Airbnb rental. It’s not quite as intense as these videos of scary airplane landings we hope to never experience, but it’s still a frightening reminder of what can go wrong while traveling at high speeds thousands of feet in the air. More →
If you’ve ever traveled by plane, you’re likely aware that every airplane window you’ve ever seen has a round design, whether it be a circle or an oval. As it turns out, there’s an actually interesting engineering explanation behind the round shape of airplane windows. Suffice it to say, the design is no coincidence and is actually intended to help keep you safe up in the air.
Iceland’s WOW Air made news in early November with incredible deals on flights to Europe. Priced as low as $99, trips from Washington or Boston to certain European destinations including Paris, London and Amsterdam became more affordable than ever. But the deal was valid only for flights in November, December and January, which would explain the cheap costs.
However, WOW Air is back with similarly exciting deals to mark the launch of its San Francisco operations, and this time the offer covers summer vacations. More →
Whether you’re a seasoned flyer or you hate air travel, the chances are good that you still have a lot to learn when it comes to traveling by airplane. Luckily, airline staff, pilots included, may have answered some of your questions in a Reddit thread about the industry’s biggest secrets – and you won’t like all the answers.
We’ve seen our fair share of crazy and sometimes death-defying airplane viral videos — check out this compilation of seven terrifying airplane landings caught on video — but the following clip might take the cake. The video shows how an F-16 BM Block 15 can rocket from the ground to an altitude of 15,000 feet in an amazing vertical climb. There’s nothing dangerous about it for the skilled pilots who certainly know what they’re doing, but from the outside looking in it’s a jaw-dropping feat. More →
One thing frequent fliers hate most is jet lag, but Airbus is taking steps to help them adjust to new time zones faster than before. The new A350 XWB line of jets features several design elements aimed to ease jet lag and improve the customer’s onboard overall experience. More →
Flying home for the holidays? If you are, then you’d better make sure you pack a book, charge your phone, and get ready to survive the airport madness. Flying home for Christmas and New Years can be very time consuming and tiring, but the most annoying thing about air travel is the security check you have to go through.
Of course, modern history shows that, even if proven ineffective in certain cases security controls are needed, so you can’t escape them. And you shouldn’t. But there’s a trick that could save you a ton of time when going through security checks that will pay off especially during the holidays when hordes of travelers are assaulting airports everywhere. More →