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Flight Crash Was 'Suicide Mission': Source

Meanwhile, Australia puts search for plane on hold

(Newser) - The Malaysia Airlines flight that went down in the Indian Ocean looks a lot like a suicide mission, an official source tells the Telegraph . A team probing the crash believes no fire or malfunction could have sent the plane on its errant course or crippled its communications system for 7... More »

We Can Find Malaysia Plane With ... Math?

Bayesian statistics have helped experts find planes, boats before

(Newser) - Forget satellite images and aerial searches—the best way to find Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may be with mathematical techniques dating back to the 18th century, the BBC reports. That's how Air France flight 447 was found in 2009 , using "Bayesian statistics" to measure the probability of the... More »

Malaysia Takes Heat as Search Drags on

It's unclear when communications system went off: officials

(Newser) - With the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now in its 10th day and seemingly no nearer an answer, Malaysian officials are facing a rare dose of anger, both internally and externally, in the country whose media rarely question its leadership. "I've never seen anything like it, not... More »

Plane's Nose Gear Collapses in Philly

All 149 passengers safe after airport emergency

(Newser) - All 149 passengers and five crew members are safe but shaken after a terrifying aborted takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport last night. Airline officials say the pilot of US Airways 1702, which was destined for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was forced to abort takeoff when a tire blew out and the... More »

In Hunt for Malaysia Jet, Many Questions, Few Clues

Stolen passport holders spotted on CCTV

(Newser) - The fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight and the 239 onboard continues to stump officials. Authorities are considering every possible explanation for the disappearance, says Malaysia's civil aviation boss, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman. Among those explanations are engine failure, pilot error, or possibly suicide. But so far, searches have... More »

Americans on Missing Malaysia Flight IDed

Other 2 Americans were young children; not clear who they were with

(Newser) - As 40 ships and 34 planes from nine different countries continue the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 , a Texas family is praying for 50-year-old Philip Wood, one of three Americans among the 239 people on board. Wood, a technical storage exec with IBM, had been transferred from Beijing to... More »

Missing Malaysia Jet May Have Turned Back

Radar shows it may have diverted, but precious few clues as search continues

(Newser) - The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has so far yielded nothing more than a pair of oil slicks and suspicions over two passengers' passports , but authorities today said that radar indicates that Flight MH370 may have diverted its course or turned back before losing contact. "We are... More »

2 Stolen Passports Raise Early Suspicions on Jet

US officials are at least exploring the possibility of terrorism

(Newser) - Night has fallen with search crews finding no wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines jet that is presumed to have crashed into the Gulf of Thailand south of Vietnam. The only clue remains two long streaks of oil in the water. The Boeing 777 had reported no problems before disappearing from... More »

Lone Survivor Found in Algerian Plane Crash

77 others killed as military plane hits mountain

(Newser) - A sole survivor is being treated for head injuries after being found in the wreckage of a plane crash that killed 77 other people in eastern Algeria. The Hercules C-130 military transport plane hit a mountain in bad weather, reports the BBC . "The plane crashed into a mountain and... More »

Pilot Whose Deadly Crash Airport Missed Was Drunk

Michael Callan had BAC of .081, just over Tennessee's .08 limit.

(Newser) - An autopsy report on the Canadian pilot who crashed undetected in Nashville —the one who inexplicably claimed Taylor Swift as his next of kin —has found Michael Callan was legally drunk when his plane went down after circling the airport on Oct. 29. Though two-thirds of his body... More »

Hawaiian Plane Crash Survivor Releases Video

Ferdinand Puentes captured moment plane hit the ocean

(Newser) - Intense video of a Hawaiian plane crash that took place last month has emerged, showing the moments before and after the small plane crashed into the Pacific. It was shot by Ferdinand Puentes, one of the passengers, and captures the moment of impact and ocean water rushing into the cabin.... More »

1 Dead, 2 Hurt in Fiery Aspen Plane Crash

Small jet burst into flames upon landing, witnesses say

(Newser) - A private jet crashed and burst into flames while attempting to land today in Aspen, Colo., killing one passenger and injuring the other two, the Aspen Times eports. One passenger suffered severe injuries and the other was mildly to moderately injuried. The plane, a Canadair Challenger 601 corporate jet, had... More »

British Air Jet Rams Airport Building

4 people injured in Johannesburg incident

(Newser) - The wing of a British Airways jet hit an office building at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport last night, while taxiing in preparation for a flight to London. None of the more than 200 people aboard the plane were hurt, but four people in the building were, the BBC... More »

Pilot 'Deliberately' Crashed Plane, Killing 33

Mozambican Airlines pilot locked door, took plane down

(Newser) - A Mozambican Airlines plane that went down in Namibia last month, killing all 33 aboard, was no accident according to preliminary investigations. With the co-pilot in the bathroom, pilot Hermino dos Santos Fernandes locked the cockpit door, reports the AP , then "made a deliberate series of maneuvers" that systematically... More »

Inhofe on Son's Death: Family 'Not Whole Anymore'

Says Perry Inhofe's fatal crash changed his 'understanding of individuals'

(Newser) - Jim Inhofe today opened up about the death of his son in a plane crash last month, saying that the tragedy has altered his perspective. "You don’t change in terms of your positions, in terms of what you believe in, but you change in terms of your understanding... More »

After Plane Crash, Alaskan Locals Mount Heroic Rescue

Villagers credited with saving 6 of 10 passengers

(Newser) - When a Cessna aircraft crashed outside the tiny Alaskan village of St. Marys Friday, villagers jumped into action: One of the survivors used her cellphone to call for help, and 40 to 50 residents started a search, some on foot and some on snowmobiles, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The... More »

37 Dead in Plane Crashes in Alaska, Mozambique

Mozambique Airlines crash kills 33, Cessna crash kills 4

(Newser) - A Mozambique Airlines plane carrying 33 people crashed in a remote border area , killing all on board, Namibian media reported today. Flight TM470 from Maputo, the Mozambican capital, did not land as scheduled in Luanda, the Angolan capital, yesterday afternoon. The Namibia Press Agency quoted Bollen Sankwasa, a deputy police... More »

Nashville Crash Pilot's Next of Kin: Taylor Swift?

Canadian man who died listed the singer, who has never heard of him

(Newser) - Another strange twist in the Nashville plane crash that went unnoticed for hours last month: The Canadian pilot who died in the crash inexplicably claimed Taylor Swift as his next of kin. "The first we heard of this was when the appropriate authorities contacted Taylor's management about the... More »

Russian Plane Plunged Vertically Into Ground

Investigators still not sure what caused crash

(Newser) - Investigators still aren't sure what caused a Russian plane to crash last night , killing everyone on board, but an official says video shows that the Tatarstan Airlines plane "was vertical, practically vertical" as it plunged into the runway. The pilot had tried to land the Boeing 737 several... More »

Russia 737 Crash Kills All 50 Aboard

Tatarstan Airlines plane crashes in Kazan

(Newser) - Russian news reports say a passenger airliner has crashed while landing in the city of Kazan and all 44 passengers and six crew members aboard are believed to have been killed. The reports said the Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed about 7:20pm local time today. There were... More »

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