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Cause of Air Force Crash: Forgotten Plastic Case

Case used for holding night vision goggles was left where it shouldn't have been

(Newser) - The Taliban was quick to claim responsibility for downing an Air Force transport plane in Afghanistan in October, killing 11 aboard the C-130J and three Afghans manning a guard tower, per the Washington Post . But the Air Force has finally announced the real reason for the crash: a hard plastic... More »

Plane Hits Car on California Freeway, Killing 1, Injuring 5

The deceased victim was in the car

(Newser) - A small plane crashed on a Southern California freeway Saturday and struck a car, killing one person and injuring five others, the AP reports. Witnesses told dispatchers that the plane landed on a vehicle on Interstate 15, about 50 miles north of San Diego. Photos on Twitter showed the nose... More »

Ex-Bachelor Contestant Dies in Plane Crash

She was piloting a 'motorized hang glider'

(Newser) - Erin Storm, a former contestant on The Bachelor, was killed Monday when the small plane she was piloting crashed soon after takeoff in Los Angeles, US Magazine reports. Storm, a pilot working for an aircraft training facility at the Hawthorne Municipal Airport, appeared on the popular reality show's 12th... More »

One of World's Best-Performing CEOs Dead in Plane Crash

'Iron Man' Roger Agnelli, banker turned mining magnate, dies with wife, 2 kids, 3 others

(Newser) - "We have lost a Brazilian of extraordinary entrepreneurial vision," Dilma Rousseff, the country's president, said in a statement Sunday, per Reuters . Her mournful message announced the death of 56-year-old banker Roger Agnelli, who turned a Brazil mining company into the world's largest iron-ore producer and made... More »

US Adventurer Who May Have Found Part of MH370 Would Be 'Lucky'

He started looking for plane debris after a week of sightseeing in Mozambique

(Newser) - An American adventurer says it would be a "very lucky discovery" if the piece of aircraft he found on a sandbank off the coast of Mozambique is confirmed to be from the Malaysia Airlines jet that vanished two years ago. Blaine Gibson, who says he's been searching for... More »

For Fliers, 2015 Was an Unbelievably Safe Year

No fatal jetliner accidents happened globally

(Newser) - It once seemed impossible, but the airline industry has finally pulled off a long-sought-after global goal: It got through an entire year without a single jetliner fatality due to pilot snafus, plane malfunctions, and/or weather conditions, per the Wall Street Journal . Stats issued by the International Air Transport Association called... More »

Divers Find 2 Bodies From Calif. Plane Collision

Small planes collided just outside LA Harbor

(Newser) - Two bodies and the wreckage of a small plane were found Sunday by divers searching in the water off Southern California for evidence following a midair collision believed to have killed three people, authorities say. Divers made the discovery about 100 feet below the surface, in an area about 2... More »

Sources: Mechanic May Have Planted Bomb in Deadly Plane Crash

His cousin is reportedly a member of ISIS

(Newser) - An EgyptAir mechanic may be responsible for the destruction of a Russian passenger plane that killed 224 people last October when it crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, Reuters reports. The Egyptian government states no one has been arrested in connection with the disaster, and EgyptAir officials deny any of its... More »

12 Missing After 2 Military Choppers Collide in Hawaii

Coast Guard search underway

(Newser) - Twelve people are missing after two US military helicopters collided off the coast of Hawaii's Oahu island, reports ABC News . Coast Guard and Navy search teams have spotted the debris field—including an empty life raft—about 2 miles off the coast, reports the network and CNN . The first... More »

Alaska Man Crashes Plane Into Wife's Workplace

Doug Demarest died in the crash; the FBI is investigating

(Newser) - A 42-year-old pilot was killed in downtown Anchorage on Tuesday when the single-engine plane he was piloting clipped the building where his wife works, crashed into the building next door, and burst into flames. Officials say Doug Demarest, a volunteer with the national search-and-rescue agency Civil Air Patrol, was flying... More »

Egypt: No Sign of Terrorism in Plane Crash

Russian experts reached a different conclusion

(Newser) - Egypt's chief investigator says a preliminary investigation into the October crash of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai has found no indication yet of any "illegal or terrorist act." A statement released Monday by the chief investigator, Ayman el-Muqadam, says that so far the investigation committee did... More »

Trip for Hot Pockets Saved Akron Man's Life

Plane full of real estate execs smashed into his apartment

(Newser) - Hot Pockets aren't what you would call a health food, but Jason Bartley is alive today because of them. The Akron man went out around 2pm on Tuesday afternoon to run a few errands, and if he hadn't made a final stop to pick up a couple of... More »

9 Feared Dead in Ohio Plane Crash

Small jet hits apartment building

(Newser) - Authorities say at least two people have died in the crash of a small business jet into an apartment building in Akron, Ohio. But the death toll is feared to be higher: The owner of the plane says nine people were aboard, and authorities have found no survivors, reports the... More »

'90%' Chance That Bomb Hit Russian Plane

Investigators, officials are in agreement

(Newser) - Looks increasingly like last week's horrific Russian plane crash in Egypt—which killed all 224 passengers and crew—was caused by a bomb. An Egyptian investigator tells Reuters that his team is "90% sure it was a bomb" but refused to explain the uncertainty. "The indications and... More »

Texas Crash Victim's Last Words: 'I'm Not a Pilot'

His 2013 death was ruled an accident this week

(Newser) - "I'm not a pilot." Those were the last words of a vacationing Englishman moments before he crashed a WWII-era P-51 Mustang into the sea outside Galveston, Texas, in 2013, the Telegraph reports. John Busby was vacationing with his wife for their 41st wedding anniversary when he paid... More »

Noise Heard in Final Second of Russian Plane's Cockpit Recording

The noise could support the theory a bomb brought down the plane

(Newser) - A noise was heard in the last second of the cockpit voice recording from the Russian plane that crashed last week in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the head of the joint investigation team said Saturday, bolstering US and British suspicions that the plane was brought down by a bomb. However,... More »

Plane's Parachute Helps Save Life of Ex-Walmart CEO

Bill Simon comes down relatively unscathed in Arkansas

(Newser) - A parachute helped save the life of a pilot in trouble, but not in the traditional manner. In this case, the parachute was attached to the plane, not a human, reports the Arkansas Democrat Gazette . The drama unfolded Tuesday morning after former Walmart CEO Bill Simon ran into trouble with... More »

US Satellite Saw 'Heat Flash' Before Egypt Crash

Experts say bomb, sabotage could have brought down Russian jet

(Newser) - If ISIS really did bring down a Russian passenger jet in Egypt, it wasn't with a missile, according to American officials. US officials tell CNN and NBC News that an American infrared satellite detected a heat flash in the area at the time of the crash, but not the... More »

'External Activity' Blamed for Egypt Crash

There was no distress call, airline says

(Newser) - An ominous development in Saturday's crash of a Russian plane in Egypt : The airline says pilot error or technical problems could not have caused the crash of Kogalymavia Flight 9268, leaving unspecified "external activity" in the air as the only possible cause, reports the BBC , which notes that... More »

Russia: Jet Broke Up Mid-Air

But investigator says it's too early to know what caused crash that killed 224

(Newser) - Russian investigators are on the ground in Cairo looking into Saturday's catastrophic plane crash that killed all 224 people aboard, and a top aviation official says that the Airbus broke up mid-air. "The disintegration happened in the air and the fragments are strewn over a large area,"... More »

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