Worried about flying? Don’t be. Planes are amazing machines that are safer to fly in than ever. But there are problems, and some do worry about them.
As part of an appreciation of how aviation works, the Explainer put together a list of the most concerning accidents involving airline flights that occurred between the year 2000 and 2014. Aside from the obvious elephant-in-the-room rules of flying in the United States — no alcohol, no smoking, don’t drive and never drink and drive — they also included all kinds of problems that struck airplanes while in the air around the world.
Most notably, the list includes three major crashes where pilots switched planes mid-flight because of technical problems: In 2001, an aircraft switch in Germany caused an airplane to crash, killing all 110 passengers on board. In a 2015 crash in Brazil, a smaller plane collided with a larger plane on the ground. The 767 that crashed, operated by All Nippon Airways, suffered a fire in the cockpit, but no casualties on the ground. In the other two incidents, pilots were forced to switch to another plane due to safety reasons.
Below are all three major mishaps where pilots switched planes mid-flight.