WARNING SIGNS

Why Commuter Planes Crash

Flyer beware: In eight of the nine serious regional airline accidents in the past decade, at least one of each plane’s pilots had failed emergency skills tests multiple times, a new analysis of federal accident records shows. Those ten accidents killed a total of 137 people and three of the incidents involved a single airline, Pinnacle Airlines (which operated the plane in the February crash in Buffalo that killed 50). The regional airline statistics come at a time when deadly airline accidents across major airlines have become increasingly rare, with only one since 2004.