Recent Accidents

Lion Air Flight 610
Lion Air Flight 610Monday October 29, 2018
The 737 MAX contains a new feature, Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), that automatically trims nose down when it the system senses an impending stall. A faulty Angle of Attack (AoA) sensor led the system to believe the plane would stall imminently, so it pitched the aircraft down. The pilots were unaware of this new feature as Boeing had not included it in their differences training for upgrading pilots certification to the 737 MAX. This exacerbated the issue because the pilots did not realize that the MCAS behavior could be disabled, and instead they continually attempted to fight the nose down commands until the plane crashed into the Java Sea.
Cubana Flight 972
Cubana Flight 972Friday May 18, 2018
Although the accident is still under investigation, Global Air, the contracted operator of the flight, released a statement saying that the likely cause was pilot error as a result of too steep a climb rate.
Southwest Airlines Flight 1380
Southwest Airlines Flight 1380Tuesday April 17, 2018
Twenty minutes after takeoff the left engine experienced an uncontained engine failure. Parts of the engine penetrated the fuselage, which ripped a hole in a passenger window. The passenger sitting in that seat did not survive. Initial reports indicate metal fatigue led to a fan blade coming detached from the engine, and due to high velocity of the debris, it was able to breach the engine cover.
Algerian Air Force
Algerian Air Force Wednesday April 11, 2018
The Algerian Air Force Il-76 crashed shortly after takeoff from Boufarik Airport. Witnesses report that the wing was on fire as the plane went down. There were no survivors. The investigation is ongoing.
US-Bangla Airlines Flight 211
US-Bangla Airlines Flight 211Monday March 12, 2018
Flight 211 was initially cleared to land at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, but some confusion ensued with air traffic control. Witnesses report that the plan landed from the north rather than the expected route from the south. The investigation is ongoing.