A story like an aircraft explosion is more effectively told through video images and pictures and the China Airlines Boeing 737-800 that was destroyed by fire in Japan on 20 August after landing is no exception.
This aircraft may well have been one acquired in the batch announced in January 1996 when CAL placed an order for six Boeing 737-800s, plus nine options, to meet its requirement for a new 150-seat passenger airliner. These would enter service in 1998.
Investigators in Japan have now found that the aircraft had a bolt on the right wing slat that pierced the fuel tank creating a 2-3cm hole.
Another accident captured by a photographer occured this week blighting a Sikorsky CH-54A firefighting helicopter which unintentionally lifted off, striking the ground with its rotor blades after it had completed two missions to tackle a forest fire in California.
And in a scene reminiscent of the Cold War, a Russian air force Tupolev Tu-95 bomber is pictured being intercepted by a Royal Air Force fighter before approaching too close to UK airspace on 17 August.