Daily Archives: January 13, 2012

Safer Flying in Bad Weather: Learning From Three Aviation Disasters

There are two significant aviation anniversaries occurring today and another one this coming Monday. On January 13, 1960 United Flight 826 and TWA Flight 266 collided in midair, showering a neighborhood in Brooklyn and lesser-populated area of Staten Island with twisted aircraft parts and other things that I need not explain. All souls (134), including six on the ground, were lost. On this day in 1982, the Air Florida crash of Flight 90 killed 78 as it was unable to overcome accumulated ice on its wings and plunged into the Potomac River. And this coming Monday, January 16 is the three-year anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson. Each of these three events can be attributed, at least in part, to weather. And each has lead to advances in aviation safety.