Airdisaster.com

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AirDisaster.com (colloquially referred to as AD.com) was a website devoted to accidents and incidents on commercial airliners. It included voice recordings, accident videos, reports and articles about a number of airliner crashes. It also included crash statistics by company, plane model and year. The site was started in 1998 by Chris Kilroy. It was last updated on 16 August 2010.

The site also used to host a forum with discussions on air travel related topics varying from Fear of flying to specific well-known disasters like TWA Flight 800 and the September 11, 2001 attacks.[1]

Forums Collapse[edit]

On January 17, 2008, the servers hosting the forums crashed, and the owner, Chris Kilroy, stated on a temporary page on the site that he did not intend to reopen the forum portions of the website. Instead of starting the forums back up, users have been urged to take part of the Aviation Safety discussion forums at the sister site of AirDisaster.com, Jetphotos.net. The current forums link on AirDisaster.com points to the Jetphotos.net forums. As a result, an influx of new users have signed up on Jetphotos.net, referring to themselves as 'refugees' from AD.com.

In the days following the server crash, numerous short lived alternative forums were created by AirDisaster.com users, concluding with the establishment of AirDisaster.info, online since February 1, 2008.

Closing Notice[edit]

The following is the text of the notice on the AirDisaster.com forum pages after the server crash:

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