While many of these crashes happened in the early years of aviation, there have been a surprising number of airline disasters since the new millennium.
Most of these 37 worst plane crashes were caused not by technology but by humans, some by hijacking, others by human error in operation or maintenance. And there are a couple of planes that should've crashed but somehow miraculously didn't.
These videos are a warning to all of us not to get to lazy and complacent in our leadership. And in other cases, there was amazing heroic leadership displayed. While genuine human error is excusable, hubris often sets in if we don't guard against it, leading to, in some of these cases, leadership failure with dramatic consequences not just for the leader (pilot) but others (passengers).
What a sad, but poignant, metaphor for leadership at work and in life.
1. American Airlines Flight 11
Most people around the world heard about the September 11th attack that happened in New York City as several planes were hijacked on the same day. Two planes were successfully flown into each of the Twin Towers and another plane into the Pentagon.
2. United Airlines Flight 175: South Tower Attack on World Trade Center
3. American Airlines Flight 77: Pentagon Attack on September 11th