Being found since 1929, American Airlines has been developed and become one of the largest carriers in the world, with a global network. However, “nothing is fully perfect”, and this firm has still recorded some “black points” in safety issues.
22 December 2009 – American Airlines Flight 331, a Boeing 737-800 from Miami International Airport overruns the runway at Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, Jamaica; there are 40 injuries and no fatalities
22 December 2001 – On board American Airlines Flight 63, a Boeing 767, a passenger, Richard Reid, attempts to detonate explosives hidden in his shoe, but fails and is subdued by two flight attendants and passengers. The plane lands safely in Boston.
11 September 2001– American Airlines Flight 11, a 767-200ER with 92 people on board, is hijacked after taking off from Boston, and is flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City; all on board are killed as well as others on the ground and in the building.
Until now, this accident is still a nightmare for any passenger.
American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757-200 with 64 people on board, is hijacked after taking off from Dulles International Airport and is flown into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia; all on board are killed as well as 125 people in the building and on the ground.
1 June 1999 – American Airlines Flight 1420, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, skids off the runway on landing at Little Rock, Arkansas during strong winds; eleven of 145 on board die.
20 December 1995 – American Airlines Flight 965, a Boeing 757, crashes into a mountain while approaching Santiago de Cali, Colombia; of the 164 people on board, only 4 people and a dog survive.
Anyways, we must spend more attention to 20 years accident statistic of American Airlines to have a fair opinion. The first, two accidents on 11 September 2001 are all hijacked, it is hard to fail them only by the firm alone. The second, American Airlines is the largest airline in the world in terms of total passengers transported. Therefore the number of its accidents maybe large, but in comparison with the total amount of its flights, it is not too dangerous.