A sightseeing plane smashed into a cliff in southeast Alaska on Thursday morning, killing all nine people onboard, including the pilot. The DeHavilland DHC-3T Otter floatplane, crashed along steep, mountainous terrain roughly 25 miles northeast of Ketchikan. It was the deadliest plane crash the state has seen in the last two years.
"The airline is cutting corners on crucial FAA recommended safety programs." -- Allegiant Airlines Pilots Union in a letter to company shareholders
Since the 1990's, technological advancements in the cockpit like automation have been credited with making flying safer. But even with these improvements, there have still been about a dozen incidents in the past 20 years when flight systems were compromised by flight crews inputting faulty data.
On March 21, 2013, four retired scientists decided to take a helicopter flight to Panorama House in Bulli Tops, Australia. It was just after noon when witnesses reported seeing the Robinson R44 helicopter land, then rapidly take off again.