This App Tells You The Probability Of Your Plane Crashing

'Rational expectations' is a term commonly thrown around by economists trying to work out why people do stuff. It's based on the idea that individuals weigh up the pros and cons of a certain action, and use that to make a decision. It's one of the fundamental underpinnings of a free market economic model, but as this… » 2/07/15 1:00pm 2/07/15 1:00pm

The Gruesome Crash of a Chinese Fighter Jet Captured on Video

A Chinese FBC-1 fighter jet plane was performing at an air show until things went horrifically wrong. The fighter jet started spiraling out of control and then plunged straight down, crashing into the ground and exploding on impact. » 10/14/11 4:40pm 10/14/11 4:40pm

Faulty Speed Sensors to Blame in Air France Flight 447 Crash

Faulty Pitot tubes—speed sensors that are crucial for auto-pilot navigation—surfaced as one of the leading theories explaining why Air France 447 crashed in 2009. The latest black box analysis confirms that invalid readings were provided right before the plane crashed. » 5/27/11 10:30am 5/27/11 10:30am

How Did Only One Person Die in This Insane Plane Crash?

This plane crashed in the Caribbean on Monday. It broke into three pieces. Of the 125 passengers, only one died. How is that possible? (If you say "Jacob" I will kill you.) » 8/17/10 10:24am 8/17/10 10:24am

A Look at the Mysterious 'Black Box'

Any time a plane goes down, the black box recorder, once again, becomes a mythical machine whispered about in the back alleys of news broadcasts. So Wired assembled a technological rundown on the device. » 3/06/09 2:40pm 3/06/09 2:40pm