Aviation Accidents, Incidents, and Safety

Aviation Accident, Incident, and Safety Websites

  • 1001 Crash  A Web site about aircraft crashes with videos, latest plane accidents, analysis and pictures, statistics, complete description of the Tenerife crash, details about the fear of flying.  In both English and French languages.
  • Advanced Logistics Development  ALD offers aviation reliability and safety software and services for failure reporting (FRACAS), safety assessment and management, FTA, ETA and DLCC.
  • Air Crash Observer  A resource with aircrash news and incidents.  Many stories, live radar view, streaming webcams at airports, movie and picture database.
  • Air Crash Sites Scotland  A growing resource of military and civil aircraft accidents that have occurred in Scotland.  Includes fighters and bombers from WWII era and later.  Website contains many photos, together with memorial photos where available.  This wite will be of particular use to hillwalkers, mountaineers, aircraft researchers, and people interested in historical aircraft.
  • Air Data Research Aviation safety information - AD's, service difficulty and mechanical reliability reports, accident and incident report databases, aviation accident reports, other safety information.
  • AirDisaster.Com  Goals of this site are to provide updates on breaking aviation-safety related stories, a central location for information about aviation accidents, and a forum for opinions on topics covered on this site.
  • Aircraft Wrecks in Southern California Aviation accidents of California from 1920 to present: information, links to other incident related sites, book reviews.
  • AirlineSafety.com  Dedicated to the subject of airline safety, and seeking to provide a free-market forum for the discussion of policies and issues which are germane to airline safety.
  • Airline Security Insider  Airline security news and commentary covering cabin and cockpit defense, upcoming changes, interviews, weather and flight delays.  Report and get feedback on onboard security incidents, or visit the Blog.  Run by an airline pilot.
  • AirSafe.com  Airline safety and security information from the passenger perspective, as well as other useful information for the traveling public and information on recent fatal plane crashes.
  • The AirSafe.com News  Read the latest news and commentary in this blog about airline safety, airline security, and airline policy issues from AirSafe.com.
  • Airworthy.US  Dedicated to restoring the concept of airworthiness to its role as the foundation upon which commercial/civil aviation rests.  Their mission is to ensure that everyone, worldwide, connected with commercial/civil aviation knows and understands the comprehensive meaning of airworthiness.
  • ARG/US Home  A consultancy that also provides the Preliminary Accident Notification System email service where data is downloaded several times a day from the FAA's preliminary accident files, processed into a structured database, and emailed to subscribers.
  • Ariane Information Inc.- Aviation  A privately owned international consulting firm, specialized in safety matters and offering assistance and solutions to airlines, training schools, airports, governments, civil aviation administrations, and corporations.  Offerings include publications, videos, partner training aids, passenger safety cards, technical manuals, training programs.
  • Australian Transport Safety Bureau  The ATSB contributes to transport safety by independently investigating, analysing and openly reporting on transport safety matters.  All ATSB investigations are'no blame' - the emphasis is on learning to improve future safety.  The ATSB is responsible for the independent investigation of accidents and incidents involving civil aircraft in Australia.  All accidents and incidents related to flight safety in Australia or by Australian operators must be reported to the ATSB.
  • Av-Ox, Inc.  Specializes in the sales and overhaul of aviation oxygen equipment (cylinders, masks, regulators, respirators, and valves) and also overhauls and repairs aircraft fire extinguishers.
  • AviationDisasters  This mailing list is for the discussion of all disaster related aviation topics. From flight safety requirements, to crash analysis, all forms of discussion are valid. Conspiracy theorists and flamers are not really welcome, sensible discussion is.
  • Aviation Archaeological Investigation & Research  Pictures of aircraft crash sites along with accident reports.  AAIR is a source for U. S. military accident reports, MACRs (Missing Air Crew Reports) and individual aircraft history cards and historical research.  Historic aircraft crash site surveys, search and recovery.  Large database listing over 100,000 USAAF/USAF and USN accidents from 1918 through 1955.
  • Aviation Archaeology  From this site you can order USN, USAF, and USAAF accident reports.
  • Aviation Law News  An informational site with the latest aviation news, NTSB information, accident reports, safety precautions and easy access to lawyers specializing in aviation law.
  • Aviation.org Addresses safety issues through focus on cockpit command responsibilities.  Discussion groups, accident analysis, library.
  • Aviation Safety Data Exchange  This site is sponsored by The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) with data assistance from the FAA to provide a source of safety information for general aviation, amateur built, and ultralight aircraft.
  • Aviation Safety Network  Covers accidents and safety issues with regards to airliners, military transport planes and corporate jets.  The ASN Safety Database contains detailed descriptions of over 11,400 incidents, hijackings, and accidents.
  • Aviation Safety and Quality Solutions  ASQS provides IQSMS (Integrated Quality and Safety Management System), a web-based solution for implementing a fully integrated Quality and Safety Management solution.  This solution is in full compliance with ICAO Document 9859 "Safety Management Manual."
  • Aviation Safety Reporting System The ASRS is a cooperative program established by the FAA's Office of the Assistant Administrator for System Safety, and administered by NASA.  The ASRS collects, analyzes, and responds to voluntarily submitted aviation safety incident reports in order to lessen the likelihood of aviation accidents.
  • AVISA Aviation Safety Systems Ltd  EASA approved, aviation airworthiness and maintenance based services including: continued airworthiness and maintenance management, continued airworthiness and quality safety consultancy, aviation safety training.
  • Avsaf - Aviation Safety  Aviation safety news, accident reports, calender of events, forum, links to other aviaiton websites, and more.
  • Baldwin Aviation, Inc.  Committed to enhancing the aviation safety culture in flight organizations by providing online, customized safety management systems (SMS) and flight data monitoring (FDM/FDA/FOQA) programs.  Baldwin says they are the only firm of its kind to have its safety program IS-BAO certified so clients can become registered, if they so choose, under the Baldwin umbrella within 4-5 months.  To schedule a webinar and take a test drive, call 888.222.2112.
  • Barnstorming To Air Safety  A book by a former barnstomer that looks at the development of aviation from the early days of flying to the jet age: stories of barnstorming risk-takers, rum-runners, early Naval air schools, and descriptions of some of the first passenger flights.  Also, the development of air safety regulations.  The author, who joined the Bureau of Safety of the Civil Aeronautics Board (later the National Transportation Safety Board) provides the reader with details of aircraft accident investigations and findings while also affording a glimpse into how the government operates.
  • Black-Box.me  This platform invites you to report flight incidents you mastered so everyone can learn.  Contribute your experience if you've encountered: pilot error, bird strike, instrument failure, other defective onboard equipment or mechanical failure, near-misses, negligent maintenance or air traffic controller error, improper loading of cargo, and so on.  Others are encouraged to help with his or her analysis of an incident report provided by others.
  • Boeing Commercial Airplanes - Jetliner Safety Information Site  Contains extensive information about aviation safety: what it is, who is responsible, and how accidents are investigated.  Of interest to parents, teachers, and young aviation enthusiasts is the flash media demonstration that shows in an easy-to-understand way how jetliners fly.
  • Brian Powers Waters  This retired pilot has written several books on the problems with airline safety.  He has been hosted on several talk shows: Larry King, Good Morning America, and others.  His writings are very straight-forward and hard-hitting in regard to the safety issues he sees and has experienced.  Author of "93 Seconds From Disaster," "Danger in the Air," "Margin for Error: None," and "Safety Last."
  • BrilliantPilot  Promoting aviation safety through free online webinars.
  • Center for Aerospace Safety/Security Education  The Embry-Riddle CASE offers an academic minor program in Aviation Safety.
  • The Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence A list of over 100 UFO crashes can be found on the CSETI Website.  You decide.
  • Cockpit Voice Recorder Database  A database containing CVR transcripts of aviation accidents and incidents.
  • Colorado & Wyoming Aircraft Wreckchasing  Dedicated to those men and women of the US Armed Forces who lost their lives training.  The site documents military and historical aircraft crash sites in Colorado and Wyoming.
  • Computer-Related Incidents with Commercial Aircraft  An archive with digitized official reports and information such as commentaries, research papers and discussions.
  • The Conversation at AirSafe.com  The official podcast of the AirSafe.com Foundation designed to raise public awareness about key issues involving aviation safety and security.
  • Crash-Aerien.aero  A dedicated website and forum (in French) about incidents and accidents.
  • DVI Aviation  A multi-disciplinary aviation company that combines scientific analysis, material science, laboratory testing, piloting expertise, aircraft maintenance, and human factors to investigate aircraft accidents and promote air safety.
  • Emergency Services International  Training for on and off airport emergency responders: evaluation and implementation of aviation safety system management programs, accident investigations and reconstruction, survival and crashworthiness analysis.  Approved by the FAA, meets and exceeds FAR139/319 and NFPA 1003.
  • EVAS Worldwide  The EVAS system allows a pilot to land safely in a smoke emergency.
  • FAA Flight Standards Service  This website provides Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety related information pertaining to Airlines and Aircraft.  Also, service information concerning aviation related schools, safety related forms, and FAA offices.
  • FAASafety.gov  The FAA seeks to improve the aviation safety record of the U.S. through safety training, outreach, and education.  Each of the FAA's eight regions has a Regional FAASTeam Office dedicated to this safety program and managed by the Regional FAASTeam Manager (RFM).  At the website you'll find information about the WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program, an aviation learning center, events and seminars, and other pilot resources like links to some flight safety-related web sites.
  • Find My Accident  Through this interactive site, you can search for and find aviation (and other) accidents in the U.S., with a link to more details.
  • Fire-Forums.com  A free fire and emergency services message board system.
  • Flight Accident Investigation, LLP  FAI is a aviation accident investigation partnership that provides an extensive aviation knowledge base to the legal and insurance communities.  Services include accident analysis, aviation consulting, specialized training, safety audits, expert selection consultation or expert testimony as well as opponent expert evaluation.
  • Flight Safety Foundation  An independent, nonpolitical, nonprofit, international organization offering an objective view of aviation safety developments.  Special reports, publications, seminar calendars and other useful information.
  • Flight Safety Information  Provides a daily electronic newsletter on current topics concerning flight safety from around the world.
  • The F.O.D Control Corporation  A line of products that reduce the number of Foreign Object Damage incidents.& FOD control discussion group, free FOD prevention booklet, FOD related links.
  • FSTOP - Film Safety for Traveling on Airlines  A film advocacy committee aimed at making the picture-taking public aware of potential damage to photographic film generated by new x-ray security scanners installed at airports worldwide for the inspection of checked baggage.
  • G-LOC - Military Aircraft Accident Info  Recent military aircraft accident information with a special focus on USAF, US Navy, USMC and European Air Forces aircraft.
  • Gates Aviation  Aviation experts in safety, security, and crisis & risk management.
  • The Georgetown Center for the Study of Violence  This news service provides international and national violence news updated daily, including coverage of airline-related violence.
  • Global Emergency Management  Assists airlines, charter operators, and private owners with emergency planning, response, business continuity, and crisis management needs.  They can train your staff to handle family assistance needs in the event of a crisis, as well as call centers and disaster support to the aviation industry.
  • Helicopter Safety  A site to promote helicopter safety through research and education.  It contains a UK helicopter accident database, links to safety material, and information on venues and dates of helicopter safety evenings organised by some volunteers around the UK.
  • Honeywell Aerospace Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System  The EGPWS uses aircraft inputs such as position, attitude, air speed and glideslope, which along with internal terrain, obstacles, and airport databases predict a potential conflict between the aircraft's flight path and terrain or an obstacle.
  • Inflight Safety Page  A former flight attendant describes how to increase your awareness of inflight safety whenever you're on an aircraft.  Introduction, pre-flight, fire/smoke, decompression, brace position, ditching, examples of incidents.
  • Jet Safety.com  Crash data, mid-air collision/misses, bird strikes, crash photos, safety links, and F-16 crash page.
  • L-3 Communications  The world's largest manufacturer of commercial (L-3 Aviation Recorders division) and military (L-3 Electrodynamics Inc.) crash-protected recorders, or so-called "black boxes."
  • LifeWings  The website for LifeWings, LLC, created by airline/military pilots to enhance safety within the healthcare industry, based on safety mechanisms utilized in the aviation industry.  LifeWings has successfully implemented their leadership training, CRM training, checklist usage, standard operating procedures, etc. with over 85 clients.  LifeWing's training programs have proven several correlations between aviation safety and healthcare safety.
  • National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation  A non-profit organization with a mission to raise the standard of safety, security, survivability, and support through the constructive communications with all levels of government, departments, agencies, airline operators, manufacturers and industry associations.  The ADA seeks to inform the flying public on critical issues, and advocate for legislation and reform.
  • National Safe Skies Alliance  (Safe Skies)  A non-profit association serving aviation by providing impartial and effective testing and evaluation of safety and security devices and systems.  Funding is provided by its member institutions and by the Transportation Security Administration.
  • National Transportation Safety Board  An independent Federal agency that investigates every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in the other modes of transportation, conducts special investigations and safety studies, and issues safety recommendations to prevent future accidents.
  • Northern Ireland Aviation Archaeology Team  Investigations and excavations of wartime accidents in Northern Ireland.
  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol - Aircraft Unit  Provides air surveillance and tactical support for ground base law enforcement.  This division was started in 1948 and the first law enforcement agency in the nation to utilize aircraft for law enforcement purposes.
  • Oklahoma Wreckchasing  Involved in aviation archaeology since mid-1997 and based in Oklahoma City, they have details of over one hundred civilian and military aircraft crashes dating from 1929.  Arkansas and Oklahoma are primary areas of research.  Links to other aviation archaeology and crash sites.
  • PlaneCrashInfo.com  Large database of significant aviation accidents from 1908, famous people who died in accidents, statistics, links, pictures.
  • RoadSafe Europe  UK providers of dangerous goods safety services for all modes of transport - air, sea, rail, and road.
  • Runway-Safety.com  "Runway Safety: FOD, Birds, and the Case For Automated Runway Scanning" is a report from Iain McCreary and Insight SRI.  At an annual cost of US$6Bn, foreign object debris (FOD) and bird strikes on the runway are the airline industry’s largest hidden cost category.
  • SAFE Association  A non-profit professional association dedicated to ensuring personal safety and protection in land, sea, air, and space environments.
  • Safelander  A method to safely operate aircraft remotely from the ground if the onboard pilots become disabled or deviate from the approved flight plan.  The system uses two-way RF ground-to-aircraft and aircraft-to-ground telecommunication links and aircraft flight control data described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,974,349, "Remote, Aircraft, Global Paperless Maintenance System."
  • The SKYRAGE Foundation  A group that tries to bring the issue of passenger disruption and violence aboard commercial aircraft into better focus for both the flying public and professional aviation.
  • Skytation  An independent consulting firm providing training, consulting, auditing, and IS-BAO registration services in the field of safety management.  Founded in 2002 and based in Europe, accredited by IBAC.
  • SMS Partners for Safety Management Systems  A resource site for SMS training, consultants and software tools to manage ICAO compliant SMS programs.  Many free checklists and templates are available, as well as training videos.
  • Tradewins Aeronautics  Provides safety management systems for small to medium sized flight and maintenance departments to meet the ICAO mandate.  Their programs meet ISO, OHSAS, ICAO, and FAA guidelines and are designed to be self-implemented.
  • Transportation Safety Board of Canada  The TSB is an independent agency created by an Act of Parliament.  Its role is to advance transportation safety through the investigation of transportation occurrences in the marine, pipeline, rail and aviation modes.
  • United Kingdom Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB)  This branch of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions is responsible for the investigation of civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the UK.
  • WFI Research Group  Databases of World War II aircraft losses and casualties.
  • Wyvern Aviation Consulting Ltd.  Global air charter safety audit firm.  The e-TWR database of charter operator safety reports provides information to charter customers.

Aviation Safety Equipment

  • Av-Ox, Inc.  Specializes in the sales and overhaul of aviation oxygen equipment (cylinders, masks, regulators, respirators, and valves) and also overhauls and repairs aircraft fire extinguishers.
  • D&R Sales and Services, Inc.  Distributor of supplier of airline safety equipment for commercial, commuter, and freight aircraft: evacuation slides, slide and raft assemblies, life rafts, life vests and life preservers.
  • Survival Aviation  An online store for airplane safety gear and devices.  They pecialize in Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs), airplane survival kits and survival gear, and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) for general aviation, business/corporate, commercial, and military aviation.

Aviation Human Factors Sites

  • Australian Aviation Psychology Association AAvPA's primary objectives are to promote the exchange of information and advancement of knowledge in the fields of aviation psychology and human factors.
  • Flight Cognition Laboratory  Information from a NASA human factors group conducting research on aviation safety, skilled human performance, and the causes of accidents.  Many publications can be downloaded, and pointers are provided to book-length publications (e.g., The Limits of Expertise: Rethinking Pilot Error and the Causes of Airline Accidents).  Hot topics are discussed periodically.
  • Maintenance And Ramp Safety Society  MARSS is a non-profit society dedicated to reducing aviation human error.
  • System Safety Services  Dedicated to making aviation safer by training personnal how to avoid the human errors they never intend to make.

Sites About Specific Aviation Incidents

  • Air France Flight 447  Information on The Crash of Air France Flight 447.  [Now inactive.]
  • Bruderhof Peace Barn - A Flight 93 memorial  A project of the 5th-8th grade students of the Spring Valley School in Farmington, Pa.  These students have converted an old barn into a memorial for the heroes of Flight 93.  In addition, they have handcrafted the memorial benches for each passenger and crew member at the nearby Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville.
  • Continental Air Lines Flight 11  A blog about the sabotage and destruction of a Boeing 707 operated by Continental Airlines in 1962, resulting in the death of all 45 passengers and crew.
  • EgyptAir Flight 990 Final Report  NTSB report of the October 31, 1999 incident 60 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts.
  • Flight 401 - The Black Box Story  The story of Eastern Airlines Tristar Flight 401 crash told using material from the Black Box.  It highlights how poor cockpit resource management caused a tiny light bulb to crash a Tristar.
  • Flight 800 Independent Researchers' Organization  Information, data, quotes, discussion list.
  • Gander: The Untold Story Information about the crash of an Arrow Air DC-8 in Gander, Newfoundland on December 12th, 1985.
  • The Hull Thread Proponent of the missle event theory in the downing of TWA Flight 800.
  • Irish Adventure of Richard Kukura and Tommy Hulme  This website is about the crash of a Beaufighter JL710 beside St Mogue's Island, Templeport Lake, Bawnboy on 17th March 1943 and the people who were involved at the time and subsequently.
  • Lost Birds Aviation Historical Society & Museum  Quarterly magazine, sponsorships, contact information.
  • Montagna Longa  The air disaster of Alitalia flight AZ112, a DC-8 which crashed in Montagna Longa, near Punta Raisi's Airport Palermo on 5 May 1972.
  • Pan Am 103 Trial Page  Trial news, features, schedule, evidence, legal issues.
  • Pilots for 9/11 Truth  Aviation professionals and pilots throughout the world who are committed to seeking the truth surrounding the events of September 11, 2001.  Their main focus is on the four flights, the maneuvers performed, and the reported pilots.  They do not offer theory or point blame, however, they seek to determine the truth of that day "since the United States Government doesn't seem to be very forthcoming with answers."
  • Southwestern Aircraft Archaeology  They have searched for about 120 individual aircraft crash sites since 2001 in Arizona's deserts and mountains, and have found 100 crash sites to date.  Lots of photos and "wreck chasing resources."
  • The Truth about Flight BA038  This site takes a critical look at the incident.
  • TWA Flight 800 Disaster Cover-up Press reports, opinion, links to related information.
  • TWA Flight 800 Public Hearing--NTSB The US National Transportation Safety Board December 8-13, 1997 public hearing "to record evidence presented by persons involved in the accident and by parties to the investigation."  Profiles of the key players, hearing information, exhibit items in Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only, image gallery including Quicktime animations.
  • Viscounts in Africa - The Air Rhodesia Story  A history of Central African Airways-Air Rhodesia-Air Zimbabwe with many thumbnailed photos.  The Viscount Disasters are covered in detail.

Aviation Incident and Safety Blogs

  • Aviation Safety Digest  This blog is your daily aviation safety briefing and chronicles developments in aviation safety, including coverage of the latest incidents and analysis of past events.