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WWII-Era Plane Crashes in Hudson River

P-47 Thunderbolt's pilot killed

(Newser) - Tragedy on the Hudson: A vintage World War II plane crashed in the river Friday night, killing the pilot. Witnesses say smoke came from the single-seat P-47 Thunderbolt fighter as it made a U-turn before crashing into the water near the George Washington Bridge. It was submerged within seconds. Divers... More »

5 Killed in Hawaii Skydiving Plane Crash

Cessna burst into flames just after takeoff

(Newser) - Five people died in Hawaii Monday morning when a skydiving tour ended in disaster. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman tells NBC that the single-engine Cessna 182, carrying two skydivers, two tandem instructors, and the pilot, crashed into a field shortly after taking off from Kauai's Port Allen airport. Four... More »

EgyptAir Jet Was Graffitied Ominously 2 Years Ago

Airline had increased security measures in face of nation's turmoil

(Newser) - Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah El-Sissi says a submarine is en route to the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 to search for the black boxes, but the New York Times reports that the airline had long suffered from security threats stemming from Egypt's political turmoil—including, ominously, a graffitied threat... More »

Searchers Find Body Parts, Seats, Luggage From EgyptAir Crash

But the cause of the crash is still unknown

(Newser) - Search crews found floating human remains, luggage, and seats from EgyptAir Flight 804 on Friday, the AP reports. But they face a potentially more complex task in locating bigger pieces of wreckage and the black boxes vital to determining why the plane plunged into the Mediterranean. Looking for clues to... More »

EgyptAir Mystery Deepens

Body part, luggage discovered

(Newser) - If EgyptAir Flight 804 was indeed brought down by a terrorist group, that group is apparently not in a big hurry to claim credit for it. The mystery deepened on Friday, at which point more than 24 hours had elapsed since the flight crashed into the Mediterranean Sea with 66... More »

EgyptAir: Flight 804 Wreckage Actually Not Found

And US officials haven't seen any evidence of terrorism

(Newser) - EgyptAir has reversed course on earlier claims it had found the wreckage of Flight 804, which disappeared from radar early Thursday over the Mediterranean Sea, the Los Angeles Times reports. "We stand corrected on finding the wreckage because what we identified is not a part of our plane,"... More »

EgyptAir: We Found Wreckage

Egyptian official believes it's more likely crash was from terrorism than from malfunction

(Newser) - Debris from EgyptAir Flight 804 has been found in the waters near Greece's Karpathos Island, ABC News reports via a statement from the airline. The country's Ministry of Civil Aviation was sent an official letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirming the find; EgyptAir says family members... More »

Couple Who Lost 3 Kids in Plane Crash Welcome an 'Amazing Gift'

A new daughter brings 'light to our darkness'

(Newser) - An Australian couple who described living "in a hell beyond hell" after their three children were killed in a 2014 plane crash welcomed an "amazing gift" this week: a brand-new daughter, the Guardian reports. When Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down by an anti-aircraft missile over the... More »

Cause of Fatal Plane Crash: Bald Eagle

Four people were killed in the April crash in Alaska

(Newser) - A small airplane hit a bald eagle before it crashed and burst into flames in Alaska last month, killing all four people on board, the AP reports. It's the nation's first civilian plane crash to result in deaths after an impact with a bald eagle, said Shaun Williams,... More »

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 »

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