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An Air Algerie plane is seen in Paris. / AP file

Reports today that an Air Algerie flight with 116 people aboard has gone missing comes amid a spate of bad aviation news. Although the crashes may have come a few days apart, industry experts say that's nothing more than a coincidence and that air travel remains safe.

? Exactly one week ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in a rebel-held area of eastern Ukraine. Flight 17, carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members, crashed after being hit by what U.S. officials suspect was a surface-to-air missile launched from an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

? The downing of the plane was the second tragedy to strike the airline in recent months. The disappearance of Flight 370 on March 8 remains a mystery. The plane was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It vanished with 239 passengers and crew aboard. Despite massive search efforts, the plane's whereabouts remain unknown.

? Ten people survived a crash landing Wednesday that killed 48 other passengers as their plane failed to reach the runway on a Taiwanese holiday island hit hard by a typhoon. The TransAsia Airways plane was trying to make an emergency landing in stormy weather.

? The FAA earlier this week barred U.S. flights into and out of Ben Gurion International in Tel Aviv, Israel. (The ban was lifted late Wednesday.) The agency stopped flights after a rocket was reported near the airport.

Contributing: Doug Stanglin, Bart Jansen, Ben Mutzabaugh, Filip Warwick




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