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Oil Firm Boss Dies When Plane Hits Snowplow

Moscow: Snowplow driver involved in Total CEO death was drunk

(Newser) - The head of French oil giant Total SA was killed at a Moscow airport last night when his corporate jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators say. Total confirmed "with deep regret and sadness" that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in the crash... More »

Libertarian Senate Hopeful in Iowa Killed in Plane Crash

Doug Butzier crashes his small plane near airport

(Newser) - The Libertarian candidate in Iowa's closely watched Senate race next month is dead after he crashed his single-engine plane near an airport in Dubuque last night, reports the Des Moines Register . Doug Butzier, a 59-year-old emergency room physician, was killed as he came in for a second attempt to... More »

Woman Who Survived Plane Crash Killed in ATV Wreck

Melanie Coffee's baby died in last year's Cessna accident in Alaska

(Newser) - Troopers in St. Mary's, Alaska, say a 26-year-old woman was killed this week after she crashed her ATV into a tree while drunk, reports Alaska Public Media . But Melanie Coffee's death has another tragic twist, thanks to a different crash near St. Mary's less than a year... More »

Pilot Missing After US Jets Crash

One pilot 'rapidly located,' receiving treatment on USS Carl Vinson

(Newser) - Two US fighter jets crashed into the western Pacific Ocean this morning, and though the US Navy says one pilot was "rapidly located," the other is still missing. The two F/A-18 Hornets of Strike Fighter Squadrons 94 and 113 were assigned to the USS Carl Vinson, which is... More »

'High-Energy Objects' Downed MH17: Dutch Report

Safety board's findings suggest missile to blame

(Newser) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was likely struck by multiple "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft," causing it to break up over eastern Ukraine, a preliminary report into the disaster concluded today. The report by the Dutch Safety Board stopped short of saying the Boeing 777 was shot down... More »

US Couple's Plane Crash Stumps Investigators

Larry, Jane Glazer worked to improve Rochester, NY

(Newser) - Officials have yet to find the wreckage of a plane, flown by a US couple, that crashed near Jamaica , the AP reports. Last night, investigators saw debris that could have been from the plane, but now it's nowhere to be found. "We would have to assume it may... More »

Pilot Unconscious, Plane Drops into Atlantic

After entering restricted Washington airspace

(Newser) - After taking off from Wisconsin, a plane carrying an unconscious pilot moved into restricted airspace over Washington, DC, before eventually falling into the Atlantic yesterday, USA Today reports. The pilot was the only person on the plane, which was initially bound for Manassas, Virginia, near Washington, an official says. The... More »

Fighter Jet Crashes in Virginia Mountains

Pilot's fate still unknown

(Newser) - A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 fighter jet crashed this morning in the mountains of central Virginia, reports NBC29 . There is no sign of the pilot, who may have ejected before his plane crashed near the rural community of Deerfield; a state police helicopter has begun a search. The F-15... More »

Brazil Presidential Candidate Killed in Plane Crash

Eduardo Campos was aboard Cessna that went down in bad weather

(Newser) - A small private jet crashed today in a residential area in the Brazilian port city of Santos, killing a presidential candidate who was aboard the Cessna 560XL. Eduardo Campos, a Socialist who was running in third place, was confirmed dead in the crash by party members, reports the BBC . A... More »

Iran Plane Crashes After Takeoff, 39 Dead

Sepahan Air passenger jet lost engine, went down in residential Tehran

(Newser) - A regional passenger plane assembled in Iran crashed today while taking off from the country's capital, Tehran, killing 39 and injuring another nine onboard, according to a transportation official and state media. Deputy Minister of Transportation Ahmad Majidi provided the latest casualty figures on state TV. The channel earlier... More »

Pilot Crashes in Target Parking Lot

She's injured, passenger dies in hospital of severe burns

(Newser) - A 52-year-old female pilot had barely gotten her private plane in the air yesterday near San Diego when she lost power and aborted an attempt to land at a municipal airport, reports KNSD-TV . "Problem now. I’m not getting any altitude here," she said in a distress call.... More »

Black Boxes: MH17 Downed by 'Explosive Decompression'

Missile 'did what it was designed to do'

(Newser) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's black boxes have revealed that the plane was brought down by a "massive explosive decompression” after its fuselage was pierced by shrapnel from a missile explosion, a Ukrainian security spokesman tells the AP . "It did what it was designed to do—bring down... More »

Plane Kills Man on Florida Beach

His daughter was critically hurt by light aircraft

(Newser) - A man walking along a beach in Florida with his young daughter yesterday afternoon was killed by a crash-landing light plane. Police say 36-year-old Ommy Irizarry from Georgia was killed and his 9-year-old daughter, Oceana, was critically injured when the 1972 Piper Cherokee touched down at the edge of the... More »

No Survivors in Mali Crash

French troops locate one black box after plane goes down

(Newser) - French officials have sent troops to secure the site in northern Mali where an Air Algerie plane crashed yesterday, but expect no miracles: "Sadly, there is no survivor," French President Francois Hollande said today, reports the Guardian . He also said that one black box had been recovered and... More »

Mali: We've Spotted Wreckage of Missing Plane

President announces find, but it hasn't been confirmed yet

(Newser) - There's still no word on the fate of 116 people aboard an Air Algerie flight that went missing over Mali today, but multiple reports say wreckage has been spotted. The most credible comes via Reuters from Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. "I have just been informed that the... More »

Woman Loses Family in Both Malaysia Flights

Australian Kaylene Mann lost a brother and now a stepdaughter

(Newser) - An Australian woman is mourning the loss of loved ones on a Malaysia Airlines flight for the second time this year. Kaylene Mann lost a brother and sister-in-law in the disappearance of Flight 370 in March. Now she's learned that her stepdaughter was aboard the plane that got shot... More »

Plane Got Shot Down, Says US Intelligence

But officials don't know who fired the missile

(Newser) - US intelligence officials say that a surface-to-air missile did indeed bring down a passenger jet over Ukraine today, but they can't say who fired it or even which side of the border it came from, reports the Wall Street Journal . Both the Ukraine government and pro-Russian separatists have denied... More »

Ukraine: Malaysia Airlines Jet Shot Down, 298 Aboard

All aboard the passenger plane are feared dead

(Newser) - A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashed in Ukraine this morning, and all 283 passengers and 15 crew are feared dead, reports Reuters . A Ukrainian interior ministry official says the Boeing 777 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, though it's too early to confirm the claim. (US intelligence agrees... More »

2 Expectant Dads Die in Freak Plane Crash

The pilot, their father-in-law, also died in the crash

(Newser) - In a time meant for rejoicing—with a 30th wedding anniversary and the births of two babies on the horizon—three women, now widows, are left to pick up the pieces after a freak accident claimed their husbands' lives. Doug Symiczek had planned to take his two sons-in-law, Kyle Parton... More »

Explorers Looking for Shipwreck Find Plane

Crew parachuted off plane, hoped plane would crash in remote area

(Newser) - A trio of explorers on the hunt for sunken ships managed to solve a six-decade-old mystery—involving a plane. The group uncovered a US Air Force C-45 plane that crashed in the east end of Lake Ontario on its way to Griffiss Air Force Base near Rome, New York, on... More »

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