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747s Left Languishing at Airport for Year Are Claimed

Swift Air Cargo is pretty dumbfounded by the whole thing

(Newser) - A new Malaysian air cargo company said Friday it is the owner of three jumbo jets parked for more than a year at the country's main airport and that it was shocked by authorities' claim that the owner could not be traced . Malaysia's airport operator on Monday took... More »

Airport Wants to Know Who Left 3 747s Behind

Owner has 2 weeks left to pick them up

(Newser) - If you've counted your planes recently and found yourself three Boeing 747s down, you may be just the person that authorities at Kuala Lumpur International Airport want to speak to. The jets have been parked at the Malaysian airport for more than a year, and the airport operator, which... More »

How a Part-Time Secretary Helped Iran Snag a 747

Sam David Mahjoobi claims to have had no idea of the role he played

(Newser) - Sam David Mahjoobi was a poker enthusiast in his late 20s, working part-time as a secretary and living with his grandma, when he unwittingly helped Iran infuriate America by acquiring a nearly $325 million Boeing 747. How did he do it? Mahjoobi, now 31 and working in fashion, has no... More »

Electric Glitch Triggers New Qantas Flight Emergency

Mechanics poring over 747 after plane is forced to return to Sydney

(Newser) - Less than two weeks after a hair-raising Qantas landing, another of the airline's planes was forced today to return to Sydney's airport because of an electrical problem. Airline spokesmen did not discuss the specifics of the glitch, but mechanics were examining the Boeing 747 that had been bound for Argentina,... More »

Another Qantas Jet Makes Emergency Landing

Boeing 747 lands at the same airport one day after Airbus A380 problem

(Newser) - A Qantas Boeing 747 with 431 people on board landed safely in Singapore today after an engine caught fire minutes after it took off from the city-state, the airline and a passenger said. The problem arose just a day after a Qantas Airbus A380 superjumbo jet made an emergency landing... More »

1600 Cockpit Doors May Be Defective

Airlines ordered to repair anti-hijack doors

(Newser) - Doors designed to keep intruders out of aircraft cockpits may be faulty on at least 1,600 commercial jets, according to aviation industry insiders. Authorities in the US and elsewhere have ordered repairs be made to hundreds of Boeing 747s and Airbus A320s in the coming months, sources tell the... More »

747 Evacuated by Slides on Phoenix Runway

(Newser) - Hundreds of passengers on a British Airways 747 flight to London used slides to evacuate the plane last night on the Phoenix Airport runway, the AP reports. The jumbo jet had just pushed back from the gate when smoke and an acrid odor was reported in the cabin. By the... More »

Alert Air Passenger Warns of Fuel Leak

Air force sergeant spotted leak before 747 headed over the Pacific

(Newser) - An eagle-eyed passenger warned a 747 flight crew about a fuel leak on a recent Japan-bound flight from Chicago, CNN reports. Air Force Sgt. Bartek Bachleda, who serves in an air refueling squadron, spotted vapor billowing from behind the wing and realized the jet was losing fuel fast. He alerted... More »

Jet Engine Munches Baggage Box at LAX

(Newser) - A hungry jumbo jet at LAX inhaled a large metal baggage container into one of its engines as it left the gate today, reports the Los Angeles Times. Officials blame a baggage cart left too close to the Japan Airlines Boeing 747. The plane was taken out of service after... More »

Flyover 'Red Flags' Get News Orgs Poking Around

(Newser) - At least one news organization may file a Freedom of Information Act request, demanding the manifest for Monday’s Air Force One flight over New York, according to the American Spectator’s anonymous “Prowler”—who relays suspicions that civilians or a high-level administration official was on board. “... More »

White House Sorry for Fly-By

(Newser) - The White House has apologized for allowing a low-flying Boeing 747 to buzz New York City, a move that traumatized many residents by sparking memories of 9/11, CNN reports. "Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision," said White House Military... More »

Jumbo Jet Flies on Veggie Oil

Boeing 747 powered by biofuel

(Newser) - A Boeing 747 powered by a mixture of aviation fuel and vegetable oil flew on a two-hour test flight which is being hailed as a technological and ecological milestone. The Air New Zealand passenger jet was powered in part by oil from the jatropha plant, reports the BBC. More »

Hole in Qantas Jet Forces Emergency Landing

Gap ripped in fuselage after mystery bang

(Newser) - A Qantas flight en route to Australia from London made an emergency landing in Manila today after a mysterious bang punched a 9-foot-wide hole in the fuselage and sent the Boeing 747-400 plunging thousands of feet. There were no injuries but some of the 350 passengers and crew vomited, AP... More »

US Cargo Jet Crashes in Belgium

Aircraft breaks up on takeoff near homes

(Newser) - A US jumbo jet carrying diplomatic cargo from the American embassy in Belgium crashed on take-off from a Brussels airport and broke into three pieces, reports Agence France Presse. The aircraft came to rest just a quarter mile from a residential area. The crew of five, all Americans, were not... More »

United Grounds 7 Jumbos

FAA warned of flawed Korean inspections

(Newser) - United Airlines has grounded seven Boeing 747s to check the cockpit instruments that indicate altitude during flight. The decision was prompted by the discovery that equipment at a facility in South Korea where the instruments had been checked were improperly maintained, the Wall Street Journal reports. The FAA uncovered the... More »

Virgin Tests First Biofuel Plane

Jet flies on coconuts and babassu nuts

(Newser) - A Virgin Atlantic jet powered partially by a coconut- and Brazilian babassu nut-based biofuel made it from London to Amsterdam today in the first commercial flight to do so, the BBC reports. Virgin topdog Richard Branson hailed the flight as "pioneering" in the development of "fuels of the... More »

Airbus Talks Mile-High Casinos

Super jumbo A380s could soon be outfitted for gambling

(Newser) - A plane flight could soon be a big gamble. Airbus is considering turning some of its super-jumbo jets into airborne casinos, Breitbart reports. The hulking A380 passenger plane is the world's largest, boasting 50% more floor space than Boeing's 747. That's the kind of space that's needed for a mile-high... More »

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