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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 »

Titanic Composer Killed in Plane Crash

James Horner wrote scores for more than 100 films

(Newser) - Oscar-winning film score composer James Horner was killed when his small plane crashed in California yesterday, his assistant has confirmed. "We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent," his assistant wrote on Facebook , per the New York Daily News . "He died doing... More »

Cause of Fatal Plane Crash: Erased Engine Data?

Accidental wipe may have stalled 3 of plane's 4 engines: documents

(Newser) - An investigation into a military plane crash in Spain last month is in the early stages, but investigators already have a theory as to what went wrong: computer data that control the Airbus A400M military carrier's turboprop engines had accidentally been wiped from the system. The files—called "... More »

Baby Rescued on Raft After Bahamas Plane Crash

Infant, 4 other survivors picked up 9 miles southeast of Nassau after Cessna crash

(Newser) - A single-engine Cessna took off at sunset yesterday evening from Crooked Island in the Bahamas, heading toward Nassau. It never made it, crashing into the water, but the five people aboard—including an 8-month-old baby—did make it, floating on a life raft for three hours before being picked up... More »

Plane Crash Victims Were En Route to Graduation

Dad, 2 sons, fiancee, were flying to Ole Miss ceremony

(Newser) - The four people killed in yesterday's plane crash onto an Atlanta interstate were on their way to a loved one's college graduation. And one of them decided to join the trip at the last minute, reports the Asheville Citizen-Times . The victims are pilot Greg Byrd, 53, his sons... More »

4 Dead as Plane Hits Atlanta Interstate

But somehow, nobody on I-285 was injured

(Newser) - All four people aboard a small plane were killed when it crashed on a busy Atlanta interstate this morning, but, amazingly, nobody on the ground was injured. The Piper PA-32 cashed onto I-285 about 10am, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . The victims are identified as three men (Christopher, Phillip, and Greg... More »

Plane That Crashed Was Returning From NCAA Final

7 are dead in Illinois, including 2 athletic staffers from Illinois State University

(Newser) - Seven men who scored seats to last night's NCAA championship game have been identified as the victims of a small-plane crash near Bloomington, Ill. The plane was returning from the game in Indianapolis when it flew into heavy fog about midnight and went down, reports the Chicago Tribune . There... More »

Lubitz Was 'Depressed'? Now, Wait a Second

Homicidal behavior may signify another problem: Anne Skomorowsky

(Newser) - When Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz killed himself and 149 other people, was he depressed or just "depressed"? That distinction is key to grasping his state of mind and helping lonely, difficult, and angry people around the world, writes Anne Skomorowsky at Slate . At the hospital where she practices... More »

DNA of 78 Recovered From Alps Crash Site

Airbus chief blasts media coverage of disaster

(Newser) - Investigators carrying out the grim task of recovering wreckage and human remains from the Germanwings crash say they have not found an intact body—or the flight data recorder. To aid the search, an access road is being built to the remote site in the French Alps, where forensic teams... More »

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