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How a Lost US Airman Might Come Home, 71 Years Later

Tom McCaslin's plane crashed in France in 1944

(Newser) - Tom McCaslin's family still hopes he'll come home, 71 years after his B-26 bomber crashed in a field in France. "I think everybody in the family would feel better," says his brother, Joseph McCaslin, one of four surviving siblings who've longed for his return. Now... More »

WWII Bomber, Crew Emerge From Polish River

Soviet plane went down in tributary of Bzura River in 1945

(Newser) - The remains of a Soviet fighter-bomber plane and two crew members shot down by Germans in 1945 have been found in a river in central Poland amid extremely low water levels associated with a drought. Explorers made the find in the muddy tributary of the Bzura River, near the village... More »

No Survivors Found at Indonesia Crash Site

Black boxes, all 54 bodies recovered

(Newser) - Dozens of rescuers have made their way to the mountainous area where an Indonesian passenger plane crashed on Sunday , but they haven't found anybody to rescue. Officials say all 54 people on board—44 adult passengers, five children, and five crew members—were killed when the Trigana Air Service... More »

Crashed Plane Was Carrying $470K in Cash

Rescue officials attempting to reach site by air and foot

(Newser) - The twin turboprop plane that crashed into a mountainside yesterday in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua was carrying almost half a million dollars in government cash in addition to 44 adult passengers, five children and infants, and five crew members, all Indonesian nationals, Reuters and the AP report. The... More »

Mid-Air Collision Kills 4 in Fiery Wreck

Planes crash near airport in southern San Diego County

(Newser) - Three people are dead today following the midair collision and crash of two small planes near an airport in southern San Diego County, authorities say. The collision occurred around 11am about two miles northeast of Brown Field Municipal Airport, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. Three fatalities were... More »

Wreckage of Missing Indonesia Plane Found

Trigana plane found in remote area; villagers report seeing it crash into a mountain

(Newser) - Wreckage of the Indonesian passenger plane that went missing today has been found, a transportation official tells Reuters , and early indications are that it crashed into a mountainside in remote terrain in eastern Papua. The Trigana Air Service plane, a twin turboprop, issued no distress signal before it went down,... More »

Indonesia Loses Contact With Plane 9 Minutes Before Landing

Trigana airliner with 54 aboard was on 42-minute flight

(Newser) - An Indonesian airliner carrying 54 people was missing today after it lost contact with ground control during a short flight in the country's easternmost province of Papua, an official said. The Trigana Air Service plane was flying from Papua's provincial capital, Jayapura, to the Papua city of Oksibil... More »

Physical Proof of Missile Possibly Found at MH17 Site

But prosecutors aren't even going so far as to say there's a 'causal connection'

(Newser) - Dutch prosecutors have said for the first time that they have found possible parts of a BUK missile system at the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down last year , killing all 298 people on board. Prosecutors say in a statement today the parts "... More »

Report: bin Laden's Relatives Die in Jet Crash

His stepmother, half-sister among the dead, a source tells NBC News

(Newser) - A private jet crashed as it attempted to land in southern England yesterday afternoon, and with it took the lives of some of Osama bin Laden's relatives. The Saudi ambassador to the UK confirmed the news and tweeted his condolences, but did not identify the dead. Police say the... More »

Teen Who Survived Plane Crash Tried to Save Grandparents

Autumn Veatch burned her hands trying in vain to pull grandfather out

(Newser) - The 16-year-old dubbed a "super hero" after surviving a plane crash in remote Washington state and then hiking to civilization is providing first-person accounts of her ordeal. Autumn Veatch tells NBC News that things first got scary during the flight from Montana to Washington when they hit bad weather.... More »

Teen Who Survived Plane Crash 'a Super Hero:' Cop

It's amazing that Wash. 16-year-old survived, sheriff says

(Newser) - Autumn Veatch, the 16-year-old girl who walked out of the woods in Washington state two days after a plane crash that is believed to have killed her step-grandparents, is out of the hospital and has an amazing story of survival, authorities say. The sheriff in Okanogan County says that after... More »

Teen Walks Out of Woods 2 Days After Plane Crash

She was found on Washington state road

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl in Washington state is bruised and dehydrated but very much alive after surviving a plane crash and a long trek through what authorities describe as some of the state's most rugged terrain. Autumn Veatch was on a small plane with her step-grandparents that crashed after departing... More »

Plane Crash Was Family's 2nd Tragedy in 4 Days

Cessna pilot's uncle, aunt were murdered days earlier

(Newser) - A collision between a small plane and an F-16 fighter jet that killed a father and son was the second fatal tragedy to strike their family in just four days, a relative says. Michael Johnson, 68, and his son, Joseph, 30, died when the Cessna 150 flown by the younger... More »

Report Shows What Brought Down This Plane

Pilot mistakenly shut off wrong engine: report

(Newser) - A pilot initially hailed as a hero for maneuvering to avoid buildings seconds before February's TransAsia plane crash in Taiwan accidentally turned off the aircraft's only working engine after the other lost power, Reuters reports. Captain Liao Jian-zong, 41, pulled back on the throttle for the healthy engine,... More »

Indonesia Crash Toll Hits 141; Plane Was Ancient

Air force chief: Some may have flown without permission

(Newser) - The death toll has skyrocketed to 141 after an Indonesian military transport plane slammed into houses and a hotel in Medan yesterday. Though it initially wasn't clear how many people were on board the C-130B Hercules, officials now say it was carrying 122 passengers—including "maybe five to... More »

Dozens Die as Plane Slams Into Neighborhood

At least 30 killed, Indonesian authorities say

(Newser) - At least 30 people were killed when an Indonesian military transport plane smashed into a neighborhood in one of the country's biggest cities today, and that number could go up, officials tell Reuters . The military says at least 12 people were on board the C-130 Hercules, which crashed just... More »

Tragedy and Miracle as Plane Crashes Into Mass. Home

Just misses house of 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' author Jeff Kinney

(Newser) - A small Beechcraft BE36 aircraft crashed yesterday into a house in Plainfield, Mass., killing its pilot and two passengers but sparing the family of four inside the house, the Boston Globe reports. FAA officials say the plane had taken off from Pennsylvania's Lancaster Airport and was headed toward Massachusetts'... More »

Crash Stats Suggest Safest Seat for Air Travelers

In the back, in a middle seat

(Newser) - We all have our favorite places to sit on the plane, but what's the safest? Time researchers crunched numbers on 17 accidents going back to 1980, analyzing the section and row position of the passengers. Their answer: The rear of the plane is the safest, and it’s best... More »

Cruise Passengers Killed in Alaska Plane Crash

Float plane found at granite cliff face

(Newser) - All nine people aboard a sightseeing plane died in a crash yesterday in southeast Alaska, authorities say, but stormy weather prevented the immediate recovery of the bodies. "We have nine fatalities," says Clint Johnson, head of the NTSB's Alaska office. Rain and wind forced an end to... More »

Mom, Baby Survive Crash, 4 Days in Jungle

'It's a miracle,' says Colombian Air Force officer

(Newser) - To call it a miracle might be a bit of an understatement: A teen mom and her infant managed to survive a plane crash in Colombia last week—and a subsequent four days in the jungle. Maria Nelly Murillo, 18, was flying from Nuqui to Quibdo with her nearly 1-year-old... More »

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