Recent Accidents

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302Sunday March 10, 2019
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 from Addis Ababa Bole Airport crashed en route to Nairobi, Kenya just 6 minutes after takeoff. The plane was a Boeing 737 Max 8, the same plane involved in the Lion Air Flight 610 crash just 4 months prior. This has led investigators to pursue any parallels between the two accidents given the similarities, namely both flights experienced severe altitude changes shortly after takeoff. However, no cause has yet been determined.
Atlas Air Flight 3591
Atlas Air Flight 3591Saturday February 23, 2019
On February 23, 2019, at 1239 central standard time, Atlas Air flight 3591, a Boeing 767-375BCF, N1217A, entered a rapid descent from 6,000 ft and impacted a marshy bay area about 40 miles southeast of George Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH), Houston, Texas. The two pilots and one nonrevenue jumpseat pilot were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed and highly fragmented. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 domestic cargo flight, which originated from Miami International Airport (KMIA), Miami, Florida, and was destined for KIAH.
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
On April 17, 2018, about 1103 eastern daylight time, Southwest Airlines flight 1380, a Boeing 737-7H4, N772SW, experienced a left engine failure while climbing through flight level 320 en route to the flight's assigned cruise altitude. The flight had departed from LaGuardia Airport, Queens, New York, about 30 minutes earlier. As a result of the engine failure, the flight crew conducted an emergency descent and diverted to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Portions of the left engine inlet and fan cowl separated from the airplane, and fragments from the inlet and fan cowl struck the left wing, the left-side fuselage, and the left horizontal stabilizer. One fan cowl fragment impacted the left-side fuselage near a cabin window, and the window departed the airplane, which resulted in a rapid depressurization. The airplane landed safely at PHL about 17 minutes after the engine failure occurred. Of the 144 passengers and 5 crewmembers aboard the airplane, 1 passenger received fatal injuries, and 8 passengers received minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged.