Recent airplane accidents, such as the charter flight that overshot a Florida runway and landed in a river, are raising new concerns about the safety of air travel. Worldwide, more than 750 people have died in airplane crashes over the past two years. About half of those deaths were the result of Boeing 737 Max jet crashes that occurred in Ethiopia and Indonesia. In each case, it is believed that an automated system inadvertently forced the nose of the plane down.
Residents of Florida may be wondering about the circumstances of an April 14 plane crash. A twin-engine jet crashed in the woods of northern Mississippi, killing all three people who were onboard: the pilot, his wife and the co-pilot. Police in Union County identified the deceased as residents of Belmont and Booneville, respectively.
Typically, an aircraft is not grounded unless flight data shows that there is a significant problem with it. However, this was not the case with the Boeing Max 737. It was grounded throughout the world after crashes in Asia and Africa. This is because news of a crash can put fliers in Florida and around the globe in a state of panic. In fact, one news outlet has coined the term permanxiety to describe being in a constant state of panic.
Generally speaking, the United States has taken a leading role in aviation safety. However, it failed to act first after news broke that two planes made by Boeing had been involved in serious accidents. It is believed that software used on the 737 Max jets led to the crashes, and they could have posed a danger to Florida residents or others who may have flown on them in the future.
Thousands of Florida residents receive packages from Amazon Prime each year. Unfortunately, an Amazon Prime Air cargo plane crashed while en route from Miami to Houston on February 23, taking the lives of three people.