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The Aviation Herald is an English-language website that publishes reports of accidents and incidents in commercial aviation. It was launched in 2008 by Austrian aviation safety expert Simon Hradecky.[3][4] In May 2018, the website had around 3.5 million visitors per month,[3] and as of January 2020[update] over 25,000 individual news items had been published.[5] It is sometimes referred to in international mainstream media reports on aviation incidents.[6][7][8][9][10]

The site was launched on 12 May 2008 as a one-man project by Austrian aviation security expert Simon Hradecky.[3][4] Hradecky's search for safety-related incidents in aviation began in 1995, so despite its launch in 2008, reports on events up to 19 June 1999 can be found on the website.[3] The site garnered over 1,000 readers in the first month, and after eight months it had over 100,000. In May 2018, the website had around 3.5 million visitors per month.[3] As of January 2020[update], over 25,000 individual news items had been published.[5]

The website records incidents that occur during commercial flights (aircraft with at least 19 seats).[11] According to its own statements, the published news is based on its own research and is only included if there are reports from at least one official source or two unofficial, independent sources.[12]

The website, which is visually designed in a no-frills style, lists the headlines of the latest events and news in aviation, all of which fall into one of the following categories:[12]

The user can filter articles by category. The articles are kept up to date even years after an aircraft accident. For example, the final reports of the associated aircraft accident investigations are often incorporated into the original article. Accordingly, the website enables the sorting of articles by "Occurrence" or "Update".[12]

The website also allows comments on articles. These do not require registration, only an email address.[13]

The Aviation Herald was included in a 2012 CNN article on "aviation geeks".[14] In 2016, it was described by Reuters as "a respected independent website monitoring air accidents"[15] and by The New Zealand Herald as a "highly respected website".[16] It is sometimes referred to in international mainstream media reports on aviation incidents.[6][7][8][9][10]

On 3 December 2012, The Aviation Herald reported on a risky landing made by a Ryanair plane at Allgäu Airport Memmingen, Germany, in September,[17][18] A day later, Ryanair made a legal threat of defamation against the website in response to critical reader comments below the article.[19][20][21] The airline subsequently withdrew its threat six days later, according to the website.[22]

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