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Plane Crash Victims Were En Route to Graduation

Dad, 2 sons, fiancee, were flying to Ole Miss ceremony

(Newser) - The four people killed in yesterday's plane crash onto an Atlanta interstate were on their way to a loved one's college graduation. And one of them decided to join the trip at the last minute, reports the Asheville Citizen-Times . The victims are pilot Greg Byrd, 53, his sons... More »

4 Dead as Plane Hits Atlanta Interstate

But somehow, nobody on I-285 was injured

(Newser) - All four people aboard a small plane were killed when it crashed on a busy Atlanta interstate this morning, but, amazingly, nobody on the ground was injured. The Piper PA-32 cashed onto I-285 about 10am, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . The victims are identified as three men (Christopher, Phillip, and Greg... More »

Plane That Crashed Was Returning From NCAA Final

7 are dead in Illinois, including 2 athletic staffers from Illinois State University

(Newser) - Seven men who scored seats to last night's NCAA championship game have been identified as the victims of a small-plane crash near Bloomington, Ill. The plane was returning from the game in Indianapolis when it flew into heavy fog about midnight and went down, reports the Chicago Tribune . There... More »

Lubitz Was 'Depressed'? Now, Wait a Second

Homicidal behavior may signify another problem: Anne Skomorowsky

(Newser) - When Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz killed himself and 149 other people, was he depressed or just "depressed"? That distinction is key to grasping his state of mind and helping lonely, difficult, and angry people around the world, writes Anne Skomorowsky at Slate . At the hospital where she practices... More »

DNA of 78 Recovered From Alps Crash Site

Airbus chief blasts media coverage of disaster

(Newser) - Investigators carrying out the grim task of recovering wreckage and human remains from the Germanwings crash say they have not found an intact body—or the flight data recorder. To aid the search, an access road is being built to the remote site in the French Alps, where forensic teams... More »

More Reports That Co-Pilot's Illness Was 'Psychosomatic'

As more details trickle out about the treatment Andreas Lubitz sought

(Newser) - Many of the reports remain unverified or from anonymous sources, but they continue to pile up: The New York Times yesterday reported that Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz sought treatment for an unspecified vision problem that one unnamed investigation official told the Times might have been psychosomatic. A report today from... More »

This Isn't the First 'Suicide by Plane Crash'

Germanwings crash chillingly similar to 2013 crash

(Newser) - It's thankfully very rare for a pilot to decide midflight that it's time for themselves and everybody on board to die, but Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz isn't the first believed to have done so. While the lack of survivors can make such cases hard to confirm, experts... More »

One Pilot Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash

In audio, he's heard trying to smash down the door

(Newser) - A seemingly dramatic turn in the investigation of the Germanwings plane crash : Audio reveals that one pilot was locked out of the cockpit before the plane went down and tried desperately to get back inside, reports the New York Times . The other pilot never opened the door, for reasons that... More »

3 Americans Were Killed in French Alps Plane Crash

Including a mother and daughter from Virginia

(Newser) - At least three Americans were aboard the passenger jet that crashed in the French Alps yesterday, including a mother and daughter from Virginia. Those two have been identified as Yvonne Selke, a veteran government contractor who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton in DC, and daughter Emily, a 2013 graduate of... More »

Expert on Germanwings Crash: 'This One Is Weird'

2 Americans believed to have been on board

(Newser) - "German-operated A320s do not crash in the cruise. Not these days. This one is weird," tweeted the safety editor of Flightglobal after the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, and with the investigation of the crash that killed 150 still in the very early stages, other experts seem equally... More »

Alps Crash Site 'Freakishly Close' to 1953 Disaster

Air France plane went down less than a mile away

(Newser) - As investigators head to the remote site in the French Alps where Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed yesterday, aviation experts are remembering an air disaster that happened in what the International Business Times calls a "freakishly close" location near the village of Barcelonnette. On Sept. 1, 1953, an Air France... More »

German Town Mourns 16 Teens Aboard Plane

They were on the Germanwings flight that crashed in France

(Newser) - As authorities try to figure out why a Germanwings plane went down in the French Alps—there was no distress call before the pilot's eight-minute descent, reports the AP —details are emerging about some of the 150 people aboard who are now presumed dead. That includes 16 kids,... More »

Search of 'Pulverized' Plane Yields No Survivors

One black box recovered; kids on school trip feared among crash victims

(Newser) - A helicopter crew has found no survivors after landing near the remote area where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps today, French PM Manuel Valls says. "Everything is pulverized," a local lawmaker adds . "The largest debris is the size of a car." One... More »

Harrison Ford's Skills in Crash 'Saved Lives'

Actor praised for maneuvering plane away from residential area

(Newser) - Harrison Ford will reportedly make a full recovery after crashing his plane on a golf course yesterday. But according to witnesses, it's a wonder there weren't casualties. Ford, who reportedly suffered a head wound and a broken arm and is listed in "moderate to fair" condition at... More »

Harrison Ford Injured in Plane Crash

'Dad is OK,' tweets son after crash-landing on golf course

(Newser) - Harrison Ford had to crash-land his small plane on a golf course near Los Angeles today, but he appears to have escaped serious harm. "Dad is ok," tweeted son Ben Ford from the hospital. "Battered but ok!" The AP reports that the 72-year-old veteran pilot suffered... More »

NTSB Could Revisit 'Day the Music Died'

Officials intrigued by man's findings in crash that killed Buddy Holly

(Newser) - Fifty-six years ago, three of early rock's brightest stars died in a plane crash that was blamed on pilot error and a bad weather report; there's also been a rumor that a gun was found among the wreckage near Iowa's Clear Lake. Now, thanks to a New... More »

'You Could Breathe the Pain': '61 Plane Wreck Found

It was carrying players for a top Chilean soccer team

(Newser) - Mountaineers in Chile say they've discovered what's left of a plane that disappeared in 1961. The plane crashed in the Andes; all those aboard were believed to have died. The BBC and AP give the number as 24, while AFP reports it was 34. Eight of them were... More »

Taiwan Pilots Found Still Clutching Controls

Both engines lost power before crash, officials say

(Newser) - The pilot and co-pilot in the TransAsia crash died fighting to save the doomed plane, investigators say. Both men were found dead in the cockpit still gripping the controls, with badly broken legs, Reuters reports. At a press conference today, Taiwan's chief aviation safety official said both engines lost... More »

Dad Goes With Gut, Saves Family in Taipei Crash

Lin Ming-wei moved family to right side of plane after hearing noise

(Newser) - Lin Ming-wei says he owes his life, and that of his family, to a last-minute decision to switch seats aboard the TransAsia plane that crashed yesterday in Taipei, killing at least 31 people. Just before takeoff, Lin says he heard an odd noise that unsettled him, and he asked for... More »

Pilot Said 'Engine Flameout' Before Taipei Crash

Death toll hits 32 with 12 still missing after fuselage hoisted from river

(Newser) - Rescuers are still searching for 12 people after using a crane to hoist the fuselage of a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taiwan's capital following a crash that killed at least 32 others. Flight GE235 with 58 people aboard—many of them travelers from China—... More »

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