There's growing concern over the safety of the airline industry particularly after Wednesday's crash in Iran which is the 11th major plane crash this year. That puts us near crash levels not seen since the 1990's.
Investigators have recovered two of the three black boxes belonging to a jetliner that crashed shortly after takeoff in Iran. All 168 people onboard the Russian-made Caspian airlines flight were killed in Wednesday's crash.
The cockpit voice and flight data recorders are being analyzed Thursday by the aircraft's manufacturers. This while aviation experts try to figure out why we're seeing this scary uptick in crashes.
From Thursday's tragedy in Tehran to the Yemenia Airways crash over the Indian Ocean last month, add to that the Air France crash, we're talking about more than 500 people killed, so far.
And if we keep up at this rate there could be 20 or more crashes in 2009 according experts quoted in USA Today. That's the most since 1999 when 24 planes went down.
The president of the Flight Safety Foundation says quote, "At this pace we'll be turning the clock back 10 years on safety." That's not to mention other airline emergency's we've seen lately, case in point that Southwest Airlines jet that earlier this week had a hole rip open, mid-flight.
Experts say it's understandable why people may be nervous but despite all this, air travel is still considered one of the safest forms of transportation.