Transportation Safety Board of Canada
The TSB, which ran the investigation into the crash of Swissair Flight 111, oversees air, rail, and marine transportation safety in Canada. Its Web site contains regularly updated safety statistics and investigation reports, including that of the Flight 111 crash.
Federal Aviation Administration
Part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the FAA regulates safety and security procedures for all commercial and civil aviation in the U.S. On its Web site, you'll find detailed information about everything from becoming a pilot to recent aircraft incidents and accidents.
National Transportation Safety Board
The National Transportation Safety Board oversees aviation, highway, rail, marine, and pipeline transportation safety and often lends its expertise to investigations in other nations. Visitors to the site will find data on accidents, investigation reports, and NTSB safety studies and recommendations.
Swissair Flight 111 Memorial Information Site
Dedicated to those lost on Swissair Flight 111 as well to as their families and those involved in recovery, this site features sections on the recovery operation, the crash investigation, and latest news. It also describes each of the five anniversary ceremonies that have taken place since the 1998 crash as well as the two memorials erected on the Nova Scotian coast near the crash site.
Ask the Pilot
Former commercial airline pilot Patrick Smith answers questions about airline safety, airport security, and the physics and poetry of flight in his Salon.com column.
Designed for wary consumers, this Web site provides airline safety and security information sorted by airline, aircraft model, country of origin, and more. A wealth of factual data answers questions such as how to get over the fear of flying and how security procedures and baggage handling has changed since September 11th.
Flight 111: The Tragedy of the Swissair Crash
by Stephen Kimber. Toronto: Seal, 1999.
The Plane Truth: Airline Crashes, the Media, and Transportation Policy
by Roger W. Cobb and David M. Primo. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2003.
Air Accident Investigation
by David Owen. Osceola, Wisconsin: Motorbooks International, 2002.
Flying Blind, Flying Safe: The Former Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation Tells You Everything You Need to Know to Travel Safer by Air
by Mary Schiavo. New York: Avon, 1998.
Engineers learn from past disasters to make fires and car, plane, and ship accidents increasingly survivable.
Last Flight of Bomber 31
Forensic scientists set out to discover what happened to seven American airmen whose plane crashed in Kamchatka during World War II.