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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 »

Grieving Pilot Survives Suicide Try Without a Scratch

He says his dead son's voice guided him to his cellphone

(Newser) - Two years after Mark Darling of Eaton, Colo., lost his young adult son in a car accident, the grieving pilot, who's flown his whole life but hasn't had a license in years, took his Cessna 172F high-wing airplane for one last ride over Rocky Mountain National Park, reports... More »

Plane Careens Into Shallow Taiwan River

At least 23 dead

(Newser) - A Taiwanese flight carrying 58 people banked sharply onto its side, clipped a highway bridge, and careened into a shallow river today shortly after taking off from Taipei, killing at least 23 people and leaving 20 missing, officials said. Fifteen people were rescued with injuries. More than half of the... More »

Selfies Likely Led to Deadly Plane Crash

Video footage showed Amritpal Singh, passenger using phones with flash

(Newser) - This may rank as one of the deadlier selfies-that-kill stories: The photos likely contributed to not one person's death, but two. The NTSB report on a May 31 plane crash in Watkins, Colo., cites recordings from a GoPro camera found at the scene. They show pilot Amritpal Singh, 29,... More »

Indonesia: AirAsia Plane Climbed Like Fighter Jet

It was rising 6K feet per minute, which passenger jets aren't built to do

(Newser) - Initial speculation about what doomed an AirAsia jet appears to have been on the mark: It climbed way too fast and stalled, reports the BBC . Indonesia's transportation minister told parliament today that Flight 8501 was climbing at 6,000 feet per minute before the engines died, which he quickly... More »

Fuselage of AirAsia Plane Discovered

Many victims believed to be inside; photos of plane posted on Facebook

(Newser) - More than two weeks after AirAsia lost contact with Flight 8501 , the plane's fuselage has been found in the Java Sea, the BBC reports. Photos of the body of the plane, taken by a search robot, were posted on the Singaporean defense minister's Facebook page. The company's... More »

Divers Retrieve 2nd AirAsia Black Box

Cockpit voice recorder freed from wreckage

(Newser) - Divers have retrieved the crashed AirAsia plane's second black box from the bottom of the Java Sea, giving investigators the essential tools they need to start piecing together what brought Flight 8501 down. An Indonesian Transportation Ministry official says the trapped cockpit voice recorder was freed from beneath the... More »

AirAsia Black Box Recovered

Divers working to free 2nd recorder from wreckage

(Newser) - Divers retrieved one black box today and located the other from the AirAsia plane that crashed more than two weeks ago, a key development that should help investigators unravel what caused the aircraft to plummet into the Java Sea. The cockpit voice recorder was found hours after officials announced that... More »

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