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One more crash in a nightmare year for aviation

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 11:25pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Webdesk
  • Image from crash site in Santos AFP

Aviation industry is suffering from a hellish time and adding to the woes another plane crashed in Brazil on Wednesday.

The list of casualties include Brazilian Presidential candidate Eduardo Campos. His private jet crashed in bad weather in the coastal city of Santos, just when it was about to land. There is no clarity on the exact number of casualty though reports suggest 10 people may have died in the fatal crash. 

In the month of July itself, world was shocked by three major plane accidents. On 24th July Air Algerie flightAH5017 enroute from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers, crashed in Niger.

The All 116 travelling in the plane died. Just a day before that, Trans Asia Airways flight GE222 heading from Kaohsiung to the island of Penghu in the Taiwan Strait, crashed near the runway on Tuesday as it attempted to land for the second time. The plane was carrying 54 passengers and 4 crew. The plane caught fire as it crashed and 48 people were killed. 

On 17 Jul, 2014 Malaysia Airline's MH17, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down by a ground-to-air missile and crashed in Shaktarsk, a rebel controlled region of Donetsk in Ukraine.

The aircraft, a Boeing 777, had 280 passengers and 15 crew members on board. There were no survivors. The plane disappeared from the radar and teams from the emergency services were trying to reach the scene.

Both Russia and Ukraine denied involvement in the crash, although pro-Russia separatists eventually admitted to hitting a plane in Kiev. Investigation of the crash is still underway. 

Five months earlier, Malaysia Airlines had lost another aircraft MH370 headed toward Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. The plane carrying 227 passengers including 5 Indians and 12 crew members, was missing for hours before being presumed to have crashed near the South China Sea. Despite extensive search for the wreckage, the plane was not found.

All total before this latest crash, 760 people had lost their life in plane crashes this year. It is certainly a huge cause of concern though data available from aviation safety network suggests the actual number of deceased is not at variance with the general trend.

Probably the nature of accidents has compounded the general feeling of concern.

2011-2013 was significantly good air for aviation with number of accidents decreasing steadily but this year, the number of death in plane crashes are again at rise.

One can only hope there are no more deaths from plane crashes this year. 

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