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Working Theory in Jet Crash: iPhone in Cockpit Is to Blame

Investigators say co-pilot may have used wrong outlet in EgyptAir crash

(Newser) - Investigators still don't know what caused an EgyptAir jet to crash last year en route from Paris to Cairo, but they're seriously looking into the possibility that a co-pilot's iPhone or iPad Mini is to blame. The theory is that the co-pilot plugged the device into a... More »

'Great Tragedy' in the Sierra Nevada

Snowmobiler finds plane with bodies of couple missing more than a month

(Newser) - Authorities have discovered the wreckage of a small plane buried in snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California and the bodies of a couple missing for more than a month inside it. Sierra County sheriff's officials say a snowmobiler found a piece of the plane's tail... More »

Their Plane Crashed at the Airport, but No One Noticed

Crash at Williston Municipal Airport wasn't reported for 22 hours

(Newser) - A family aboard a 1948 Cessna 170 attempted a takeoff from Florida's Williston Municipal Airport around 3pm Saturday. Instead, they crashed 150 feet before a tree line at the taxiway's north side, reports the Gainsville Sun . But though some 20 to 30 planes took off from the airport... More »

Pilot in Mysterious Plane Crash Was Likely Suicidal

Authorities have identified the pilot as 27-year-old Xin Rong

(Newser) - Authorities have identified the pilot whose plane mysteriously crashed with no one inside it earlier this month and say he was likely suicidal, Huffington Post reports. Xin Rong, a 27-year-old doctoral student from the University of Michigan, rented the Cessna from Ann Arbor Municipal Airport on March 15 and took... More »

Families 'Speechless' as Pilot's Dad Floats New Crash Theory

Says son was incapacitated by carbon monoxide leak

(Newser) - German prosecutors concluded co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was suicidal when he locked the captain out of the cockpit and flew a Germanwings plane into the French Alps in 2015, killing all 150 people on board. But on the second anniversary of the crash, Lubitz's father is floating a new theory.... More »

Plane Crashes in Canada—With No One Inside

Search is on for missing University of Michigan student

(Newser) - A University of Michigan student has seemingly vanished after the wreckage of a small plane he rented was found with no one inside. The unidentified graduate student was last seen renting a single-engine Cessna 172 registered to University of Michigan Flyers Inc. at Ann Arbor Airport last Wednesday, reports Wawa-news.... More »

Pregnant Mom Loses Husband, Two Kids in an Instant

Husband was flying their 2 kids home from a Phoenix wedding

(Newser) - A pregnant mother who learned last week that she is expecting a daughter is now going through the unimaginable: planning the funerals of her husband and older two children. Randall Wells, a Mormon bishop and experienced pilot, was flying his single-engine Cessna 172 home to Utah from a wedding in... More »

3 Killed as Plane Crashes Into California Homes

Family was returning from a cheerleading contest

(Newser) - Three people died and two were injured when a small plane carrying a family returning from a cheerleading competition crashed into two southern California homes and sparked a major fire Monday, authorities say. A husband, wife, and three teenagers were on the plane that had just taken off from Riverside... More »

5 Killed as Plane Crashes Into Mall

4 Americans, Aussie pilot die in Melbourne crash

(Newser) - An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in Melbourne, police say. The five were on a twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air that crashed about 45 minutes before the... More »

Dozens Die as Cargo Jet Crashes Into Village

747 plowed through buildings in Kyrgyzstan

(Newser) - Dozens of people in a village just outside Kyrgyzstan's Bishkek airport died in a horrific crash early Monday when a Boeing 747 cargo plane apparently missed the runway. The plane plowed for hundreds of yards through the village, breaking into pieces and destroying at least 15 buildings, Reuters reports.... More »

Pilot Killed in Fiery Crash as Hundreds Watch

Thai air force pilot was taking part in an air show

(Newser) - A Thai air force pilot died when his fighter jet crashed at an air show Saturday during the country's Children's Day, the AP reports. Amateur video footage shows the JAS 39 Gripen jet maneuvering over the Hat Yai air base in southern Thailand when it suddenly lost altitude... More »

Black Boxes: Jet Carrying Soccer Team Ran Out of Fuel

Pilot frantically requested that Colombia let him land

(Newser) - Colombian aviation authorities said Monday that an airliner that crashed with a Brazilian soccer team aboard had run out of fuel before it could land, reports the AP . Seventy-one people died in the Nov. 28 accident. A statement by the Civil Aeronautics agency said the conclusion was based on the... More »

Russia Sees No Sign of Terror Attack in Plane Crash

Nation declares day of mourning

(Newser) - A pilot error or a technical fault is likely to be the cause of Sunday's plane crash over the Black Sea , the Russian transport minister said on Monday. All 84 passengers and eight crew members on the Russian military's Tu-154 plane are believed to have died when it... More »

Meet the Man Who's 'the Best at the Worst Job in the World'

Robert Jensen makes sense of the aftermath of the world's disasters

(Newser) - Robert Jensen is "the best at the worst job in the world"—and it's a job you've probably never given any thought to. Jensen handles the aftermath of terrorist attacks, natural disasters, plane crashes, and more, GQ reports in a haunting profile of the head of... More »

Russian Plane Crash Kills Military Choir, All 92 Aboard

Military plane bound for Syria goes down in Sochi minutes after takeoff

(Newser) - A Russian plane headed to an air base in Syria with 92 people aboard crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday minutes after taking off from the resort city of Sochi. There was no indication anyone survived the crash of the Tu-154, which belonged to the Defense Ministry and was... More »

Explosives Traces Found on EgyptAir Victims

Evidence now points toward terrorism in crash that killed 66

(Newser) - Traces of explosives have been found on some of the 66 victims aboard an EgyptAir Flight that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea earlier this year, and Egypt says it will now open a criminal investigation, reports the BBC . Flight 804 had been en route from Paris to Cairo when it... More »

Plane With 40 Aboard Goes Missing in Pakistan

Air traffic controllers lost contact

(Newser) - Pakistan's national carrier says one of its planes has gone missing after takeoff in the country's north with about 40 on board, reports the AP . Daniyal Gilani, the spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines, says their ATR-42 aircraft carrying around 40 passengers and crew lost touch Wednesday with the... More »

Report: Pilot Chose Not to Refuel Doomed Plane

Air traffic controller is getting death threats

(Newser) - The pilot of the plane that crashed in Colombia on Monday while carrying a Brazilian soccer team made a fateful decision not to stop to refuel the aircraft, according to a report in a Brazilian newspaper. The account in O Globo says pilot Miguel Quiroga chose not to stop en... More »

Pilot Before Crash: We're Out of Fuel

A final recording sheds light on plane crashed that killed 71

(Newser) - A recording of the final moments of a doomed flight carrying a Brazilian soccer team appears to confirm reports that the plane ran out of fuel before crashing Monday in Colombia, the AP reports. In the recording, the plane's pilot can be heard telling air traffic controllers that he... More »

Flight Attendant Suggests Team's Plane Was Out of Fuel

Cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder are already being examined

(Newser) - Colombia's worst air crash in two decades snuffed out a storybook run by a Brazilian soccer team, and authorities are digging in trying to figure out why a chartered jetliner crashed in the Andes , killing all but six of the 77 people now reported to have been aboard; 20... More »

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