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Pilot Unconscious, Plane Drops into Atlantic

After entering restricted Washington airspace

(Newser) - After taking off from Wisconsin, a plane carrying an unconscious pilot moved into restricted airspace over Washington, DC, before eventually falling into the Atlantic yesterday, USA Today reports. The pilot was the only person on the plane, which was initially bound for Manassas, Virginia, near Washington, an official says. The... More »

Pilot Gets Sick, Passenger Gets Landing Lesson

He landed safely despite lack of flying experience

(Newser) - After the pilot of a small plane fell ill at the controls, two flight instructors were called in to the airport to give his only passenger a crash course in not crashing. The passenger—who had no flying experience—managed to bring the plane in for a safe, though somewhat... More »

Plane Lands on California Highway

Instructor has to bring small aircraft down just a few minutes after takeoff

(Newser) - A small plane took off from an airport near a San Jose-area expressway yesterday—and three minutes later, it had to land on the road amid morning commuters. Fortunately, the whole thing happened safely: "There wasn't even a scratch," the owner of the flight school in charge... More »

Plane in Conn. Crash Was Inverted, Speeding

NTSB preliminary report includes witness accounts

(Newser) - Before crashing into a home in East Haven, Conn., the aircraft in the fatal crash was upside-down in what sounds like a nightmare scenario. According to a preliminary NTSB report, a witness "saw the airplane at the end of a right roll. The airplane was inverted and traveling at... More »

Nothing Wrong With Plane in Conn. Crash: Investigator

Victims' identities confirmed

(Newser) - It could be months before a full investigation of Friday's propeller plane crash in East Haven, Conn., is completed. In the meantime, the identities of the victims have been officially confirmed as Bill Henningsgaard, 54, a former Microsoft VP; his 17-year-old son, Maxwell; and two children in the house... More »

Gas Gone, Small Plane Lands on Freeway

Second road landing in days

(Newser) - For the second time in as many days, a small plane has landed on a California road near San Diego. Late last night, a plane carrying four landed on Interstate 15 in Escondido. No one on the road or on board the plane was hurt in the incident, the AP... More »

Small Planes to Small Cities Seeing Big Cuts

Soaring fuel prices have made small planes least profitable for airlines

(Newser) - The big airlines may be pampering their first-class passengers more than ever , especially on international routes, but around the United States, small-plane service to small cities is increasingly getting the ax, reports the AP . Over the past two years, the big airlines have cut service entirely to 27 US cities,... More »

The Horrific Scene of the Stevens Crash

Survivors lay in mangled wreckage as chilled rain fell

(Newser) - When Ted Stevens and his companions left their lodge, they thought they were headed for a quick trip to a salmon fishing camp. When they hadn’t arrived hours later, the lodge sent out search planes, who quickly found a horrific scene, the AP reports. The nose of the plane... More »

Angry Man Flies Plane Into Austin IRS Office Building

Reports say pilot set his house on fire before crash

(Newser) - A small plane crashed into a seven-story office building in Austin, Texas, and signs are now pointing to a deliberate act. CNN reports that the pilot—identified as Joseph Andrew Stack—set his house on fire, took off in his own plane from a local airport, and crashed it into... More »

All 9 Presumed Dead After Plane, Chopper Crash

(Newser) - All nine people are presumed dead after a small plane and a helicopter collided over the Hudson River today, the Daily News reports. Five sightseers from Italy and a pilot were aboard the chopper, and three were on the single-engine plane, including a child. Two bodies have been recovered so... More »

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