Articles by Jamie R. Lebovitz

Trouble with Boeing’s 787 Airplane

by Jamie R. Lebovitz | March 17th, 2014

Boeing’s newest commercial airplane, the 787, has been plagued with problems ever since it was launched two years ago. After many years of production problems, there were a number of fires(fortunately no crashes or fatalities) caused by lithium ion batteries which are being used for the first time in passenger aircraft. The entire fleet was […]

The Search Continues for Missing Malaysian Aircraft

by Jamie R. Lebovitz | March 14th, 2014

The daily media is stumbling all over the place over the disappearance of, and evident inability to find, a state-of-the-art Boeing 777. On CNN this morning, the talking heads were practically gasping trying to fill air time without so much as a shard of factual information to even hang intelligent speculation on. Welcome to the […]

Malaysian Airlines Jet Goes Missing in Action

by Jamie R. Lebovitz | March 11th, 2014

A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777-200 aircraft carrying 239 people en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing Saturday and is presumably lost at sea. The twin-jet aircraft was last reported by radar at a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet. Although no wreckage has been discovered in the area where the plane was last spotted, […]

Asiana Flight 214 – More Questions Arise Regarding Flight Crew’s Conduct

by Jamie R. Lebovitz | July 11th, 2013

In a news briefing yesterday, NTSB chair Deborah Hersman revealed that the flight crew initially told passengers not to evacuate after the crash.   The crew initially told flight attendants to keep passengers in their seats, and evacuation slides were not deployed until a flight attendant observed fire erupting outside the aircraft, resulting in a 90 […]

NTSB Investigation Of Asiana Flight 214 Crash Begins To Focus on Autothrottle

by Jamie R. Lebovitz | July 10th, 2013

One thing we know for sure about the Asiana Flight 214 crash is that the aircraft came in for landing at a dangerously low airspeed.  Recent news reports reveal that the pilots told investigators that they had set the aircraft’s automatic throttle system to maintain a proper speed during landing,  and that they assumed the […]

The Tragic Glide Path of Asiana Flight 214

by Jamie R. Lebovitz | July 10th, 2013

Airline travel is now extraordinarily safe.  Unlike car or motorcycle crashes, or fatalities with small amateur-flown airplanes, first-world airline crashes are now so rare that they usually don’t fit a known pattern.  Commercial airline crashes typically occur when multiple malfunctions or errors occur at the same time, which means commercial accident investigations are complex endeavors involving many […]

What Are Asiana Flight 214 Passenger’s Legal Rights?

by Jamie R. Lebovitz | July 9th, 2013

Scores of passengers from Asiana Flight 214 were injured, many severely. Two teenagers lost their lives. What are the rights of the victims and their families? The fact that the crash occurred on U.S. soil while the aircraft was en route to a U.S. destination airport is important.  Those passengers who choose to hire a […]

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 Low and Slow on Landing Deadly

by Jamie R. Lebovitz | July 7th, 2013

An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 operating as Flight 214 crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport, while attempting to land on runway 28 left.  Early reports indicate that there was a tail strike before the arrival end of the runway and the tail separated from the rest of the aircraft. Controllability of the airplane was compromised […]

Powering Down in the Air

by Jamie R. Lebovitz | March 27th, 2012

Spring has arrived and with it comes a heavy travel period for college students and families looking to escape the cold winter months (which haven’t been so cold of late). While airline passengers may be tempted to use their iPhones, iPads and other electronic devices once the cabin door is closed, it is important for […]

Remembering USAir Flight 405

by Jamie R. Lebovitz | March 23rd, 2012

USAir Flight 405 crashed twenty years ago yesterday, killing twenty-seven passengers and injuring scores of others.  The flight was departing from LaGuardia Airport and heading to Cleveland, Ohio. Some passengers survived the crash with no visible injuries; others suffered much more serious injuries; and many never made it home alive.  No matter the severity of […]