Sylvia Adcock

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The wreckage of Flight 9268 is seen in this image provided on Tuesday, November 3.

It happens every time. An airplane crashes, hundreds are killed, and immediately, before any facts are apparent, everyone wants to pinpoint a cause. It's as though there is a giant void that must be filled, and if it can't be filled by facts, it's filled by theories. Which, of course, are just that -- theories.

It's no different with the crash of MetroJet Flight 9268 in the Egyptian desert. The Russian plane broke apart in midair, killing all 224 people on board. We've heard early speculation of a missile and a fuel tank explosion. There was talk of previous damage to the aircraft's structure from a tail strike.…  Seguir leyendo »

Sometimes, the crash site is never found.

In 1972 a Pan Alaska Airways flight with one pilot and three passengers took off from Anchorage bound for Juneau, planning to fly the route under visual flight rules despite bad weather conditions. After one last contact with air traffic controllers, the Cessna was on its way. The plane never reached Juneau. The flight had two congressmen on board -- Hale Boggs of Louisiana and Nicholas Begich of Alaska.

The search for the missing aircraft was intense, encompassing 325,000 square miles of land and sea, with 3,600 flight hours used to look for the wreckage.…  Seguir leyendo »