Since 2005, there have been numerous airline accidents, as well as thousands of minor mistakes, according to federal records.
Dec. 19, 2005: The right wing of a Chalk’s Ocean Airways Grumman seaplane snaps off shortly after takeoff from the Port of Miami and crashes in the ocean, killing all 20 people on board.
Aug. 27, 2006: A Comair commuter jet takes off from a dark runway in Lexington, Ky., and crashes, killing 47 passengers and two crew members. Only the co-pilot, James Polehinke of Margate, survives.
Feb. 12, 2009: Continental Connection turboprop attempts to land in snow and fog in Buffalo, N.Y., and crashes; all 49 people on board and one on the ground are killed.
Dec. 20, 2008: Continental Boeing 737 veers off the runway while taking off from Denver International Airport. It skids into a ravine, injuring 33 of the 115 passengers and crew on board.
Jan. 15, 2009: In “The Miracle on the Husdon,” a U.S. Airways Airbus A320 rams into a flock of geese after takeoff from New York’s La Guardia Airport and ditches in the Hudson River. Of 155 passengers and crew members, five are seriously injured.
Dec. 22, 2009: After taking off from Miami, an American Airlines 737 slams down onto a runway in Kingston, Jamaica, during a fierce rainstorm. It skids off the runway, injuring 15 of the 154 on board.
July 11, 2007: Despite a controller screaming at the pilots to “stop, stop, stop!” a United jet taxis onto a runway just as a Delta jet is landing at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The Delta jet lifts off again, missing the United jet by less than 100 feet.
Oct. 21, 2009: A Northwest Airlines A320 with 152 passengers and crew on board overflies Minneapolis, its destination by 150 miles, then lands safely. The pilots are accused of being distracted by conversations and laptops.
March 27, 2010: Shortly after takeoff from San Francisco International Airport, a United Boeing 777 comes within 200 feet of colliding with a small plane. The small Aeronca had flown into the jetliner’s path.
Potentially dangerous mistakes:
February 2008: A jetliner is forced to land at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International rather than its destination of Miami because it doesn’t have enough fuel. The pilots blame their carrier for adopting “new fuel conservation procedures.”
June 2009: Air traffic controllers order a 737 to make a rapid descent followed by a night landing on a 6,900-foot runway at Palm Beach International Airport, which the captain thinks is too short. Although the plane lands safety, the captain writes, “This was unsafe controlling as far as I’m concerned.”
August 2009: Boeing 737 accelerates to 140 mph during takeoff from Miami International Airport, when the pilot thinks a Boeing 757 on a nearby runway is on a collision course. The pilot slams on the brakes and aborts the takeoff.
Last large airliner disaster:
Nov. 12, 2001: Shortly after takeoff from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, an American Airbus A300 crashes into a residential area, killing all 260 on board and five more on the ground. The National Transportation Safety Board rules the plane’s co-pilot used excessive force while pushing the rudder pedals, resulting in part of the tail breaking off.