Halloween special: Top 5 scariest aviation close calls

Daily Newsletter | October 31, 2019
Qantas has officially confirmed that the airline is prematurely checking 33 Boeing 737 NG aircraft for cracks in the suspension system, nicknamed pickle forks, which connects fuselage with wings. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for all Boeing 737 NG aircraft on October 3, 2019. A week later, reports emerged that over 30 aircraft around the world, including 737s in Southwest Airlines and GOL Linhas Aéreas’ fleets, were affected by pickle fork cracks so far.
A United States Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed near Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, on October 30, 2019. The aircraft was on a training flight, the pilot ejected successfully. It is the second crash of a USAF F-16 in less than a month.
Over the years, aviation has evolved into unseen comfort. Newest interior modifications, including lay-flat seats and interior lighting modifications, have allowed passengers to stay as calm as cucumbers during their journeys throughout the world. Yet sometimes, the calm journeys could have turned for worse.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has officially confirmed losing an up to 100 SpaceJet M90 order on October 31, 2019. The Japanese company explains that the decision is related to the aircraft’s “unsuitability for the U.S. market”. 
Test pilots from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) completed the third flight session of the MC-21-300 certification program, the plane manufacturer announced on October 31, 2019.
In its financial results for the third quarter of 2019, Air France-KLM announced a net profit down by more than half compared to the same period in 2018. The airline says it was affected by the retirement of the A380 from its fleet, and a “challenging macro-economic context”.
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