History of civil aviation does not exceed a hundred years. Therefore, the understanding of aviation safety as well as the cause of the airplane accidents remains limited. Convention on International Civil Aviation Annex 13 has defined an airplane accident as an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft, which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight until such time as all such persons have disembarked, where a person is fatally or seriously injured, the aircraft sustains damage or structural failure or the aircraft is missing or is completely inaccessible. In the past 100 years, the airplane accidents in civil aviation occurred that claimed the lives of many people, in which some airplane accidents which have over 500 deaths each case have caused the horror of the people. Three most serious airplane accidents in history are the 11 September terrorist attacks, the Tenerife disaster, and the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123. The airplane accident caused the largest number of death is the 11 September terrorist attacks which also referred to as September 11, September 11th, or 9/11. This accident was a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. areas on September 11, 2001. That morning, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. The attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism. According to SP Schwartz, as of August 16, 2002, a total of 2,726 death certificates related to the World Trade Center attacks had...
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