August 17th Issue

Is It Safe To Fly?

Recent crashes evoke fear over airline safety in the Middle East.  By Leila Hatoum The recent crash and burn of Emirates Airlines Flight EK521 on August 3 was the fourth flight-related incident in the Middle East this year. None of the 282 passengers and 18-crew members of EK521 were harmed, thanks to the quick reaction of the crew—who helped evacuate the passengers right before the fire consumed it—according to the carrier’s chief, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Yet, many in the region wonder how safe is it really to fly if one of the world’s top airlines can suffer such an ill fate without any prior warning signs. After all, not all airlines that were involved in crashes in the past have been fortunate enough to save their passengers. Indeed, EK521 was much luckier than, for example, EgyptAir Flight MS804 that got lost in the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean on May 19, taking with it the lives of 66 p (Read More)

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