When plane crashes hit the headlines, they can inspire harsh scrutiny of airlines and pilots. Although a rash of headline-grabbing crashes last year resulted in the highest level of fatalities since 2005, both the number of crashes and fatalities have been generally declining over the past three decades.

In the past, plane crashes in Iowa have ignited national, and international, discussion and impacted America’s cultural scene.

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