A Plane Caught Fire But 350 People Survived Miraculously

Anybody who’s boarded a plane knows the feeling. After you find your seat, put your stuff in the overhead locker, and sit down – your mind now recovering from the hustle-and-bustle of getting to the airport and through security to find your gate –apprehension starts to creep in. You try to push it away, convince…

A Plane Lost Both Engines So Pilots Had No Other Choice

“Would the lead steward please come to the flight deck… immediately”. Sounds like one of those in-flight announcements from a dramatic plane crash movie. No one would ever want to hear this in reality. Unfortunately, it’s exactly what the passengers on Air Transat Flight 236 heard as their plane ran out of fuel somewhere above…

What Each Noise You Hear on a Plane Means

So…you’ve just taken your seat on board your airliner, and your palms are sweaty, your heart is racing, and you just can’t shake your anxiety. That’s okay – a ton of people are nervous flyers! You’ll probably be paying extra close attention to every sensation and sound during your flight. Stay with me: there are…

A Man Felt Out of the Plane But Pilots Saved Him

When Marine Second Lieutenant Walter Osipoff was boarding a DC-2 plane at about 9:30 AM on May 15, 1941, he didn’t know yet that the flight would almost become his very last. Shortly after the takeoff, an accident that no one could have predicted left the man dangling high in the air, tangled in his…

Why Planes Don’t Fly Over Kaaba

Ever wondered why airplanes would not always fly in a straight line from one point to another? After all, they’re in the air, what could possibly stop them? Well, there are plenty of reasons for that, and while some are common, others might be harder to explain. Let’s start with… 1. Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi…

What Will Happen If Planes Fly Almost to Space

Ok fellow air-travelers, I got a question for you! What’s your favorite time during a flight? The take-off, the landing? Or maybe the moment your plane climbs just above the clouds? Ahh, the view is magical. But have you ever wondered what would happen if your plane starts to climb even higher? Well, it’s time…

Why Planes Don’t Fly Straight

You ever been on a long flight, can’t sleep, watched as many movies as you can, and still left with nothing to do? Well, time to watch the flight path! But all I can think is, “Hey, Captain, can you take more of a beeline to get me from New York to Berlin?” So it…

Empty Tank at 41,000 Feet, So Pilots Did This

Imagine, you’re driving on a long stretch of highway when (uh-oh!) you run out of gas. Well, you’d probably just call a friend or AAA, no big deal really. Now imagine the same scenario, only you’re a pilot flying a commercial jet full of people! That’s exactly what happened to a Canadian plane at a…

Birds Ruined the Engines But the Plane Couldn’t Come Back

Ten years ago, the world of aviation was flabbergasted by an event that was later named the “Miracle on the Hudson.” That day, two airline pilots had to use the only runway they could safely reach for an emergency landing – the narrow expanse of the Hudson River in New York City. How could such…

This Plane Landed with Extremely Speed That Ever Happened

Ever wanted to take part in a race? Well, how about one… on a passenger plane? The story I’d like to tell you now is not exactly about a race, though, but it’s as close as it gets, given the circumstances. On December 31, 1988 (ya hear the Christmas chimes yet?), a passenger airliner heading…