A Lion Air 737 MAX 8 (Photo: Lion Air)

Opinion: Why We Can Never Forget Commercial Aircraft Accidents

On Oct. 29, Lion Air flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 passengers and crew onboard. Just over a month earlier—on Sept. 28—Air Niugini flight 73 crashed in Micronesia, leaving one dead. On May 18, 112 perished as Cubana de Aviación flight 972 crashed soon after departure from Havana's José Martí International Airport. These crashes, all tragic examples of the dangers that inherent in air travel, were never truly front-page news.…