They are very strong and reliable. Occurences where they are completely broken off are extremely few and far apart, and in the cases that have happened, usually some kind of abuse took place, such as too harsh control inputs from pilots. In the case of American Airlines flight 587, the control system was also a contributing factor. Lesser damages, such as ...


On August 12, 1985, a Boeing 747SR operating as Japan Airlines Flight 123 lost its vertical stabilizer and crashed after the aircrew had struggled for 32 minutes to control the stricken airliner. It is the deadliest single-aircraft accident in aviation history; 498 of 502 aboard were killed.


Safety is absolute paramount in aviation. There is no industry in existence that has a higher safety standard than aviation. Aviation operates so called idiot proof systems. Routines that completely eliminate the possibility of failure. Pilots are never ever done learning to fly safe. In highly realistic simulator flights, pilots are taken through any ...

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