The United Airlines flight from Los Angeles to London on Wednesday was the fifth time in six months that an American airline had crashed in the skies over the Pacific.
It marked the first time in the company’s 78-year history that a single plane crashed into the sky.
Aviation experts said the plane that crashed Wednesday was a Boeing 737, which can be made into an aircraft carrier.
The plane that flew in the previous two crashes had a crew of about 30 people and was carrying more than 100 people.
“The loss of this aircraft was truly a devastating loss for the airline industry,” said Chris Anderson, a professor of aviation at the University of New Mexico.
“This is a major loss for our aviation industry.
I can’t think of a worse day to be out of work than this.”
The plane was carrying about 3,000 passengers and crew when it crashed into a field near the town of Sasebo, Japan.
The pilot and co-pilot were not injured in the crash, but the plane is said to have exploded, killing all on board.
The airline was known for its generous cabin allowance and its reputation for being able to fly the world’s biggest airlines.
The Boeing 737 has a crew that is believed to be roughly equal to that of the Boeing 757, the largest commercial airliner in the world.
The crash also put a crimp in the airline’s plans to expand into Asia and to expand to other countries.
In September, United announced it was expanding to a new hub in the United Arab Emirates.
It is still expanding in the U.S., but it is not expanding to other European nations.
Airlines are increasingly finding that as long as they have a big footprint, they can’t afford to fly many people on the same flight.
United Airlines has been on the receiving end of many angry comments about its policy of allowing its planes to fly more people, and other carriers are also growing their fleets to take on more of the airline business.
United said in a statement that it is working with local authorities and the FBI to determine what happened.
In the meantime, United is continuing to offer free cabin upgrades to customers who purchase seats on its routes to and from Japan and other Asian destinations, the airline said.
United also is offering a discount on flights to and through Hawaii and Alaska, where the company has an extensive business.
American Airlines said in its statement that its customers will continue to have free checked bags and a full refund on all purchases made on its website.