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Lynyrd Skynyrd Biopic Pits Band Against Ex-Member

Lawsuit seeks to block ex-drummer's account of plane crash

(Newser) - Current members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with representatives of members now deceased, are suing to block a new documentary, claiming it tells only a "compressed" and "sensationalized" story about the group. Judith Van Zant—the widow of Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Ronnie Van Zant, one of six people killed... More »

'You Looked Up and You Saw the Plane Twirling Around'

Military plane crash kills at least 16 in Mississippi

(Newser) - A US military plane crashed into a field in rural Mississippi on Monday, killing at least 16 people aboard and spreading debris for miles, officials said. Leflore County Emergency Management Agency Director Frank Randle told reporters at a late briefing that 16 bodies had been recovered after the KC-130 spiraled... More »

'Inseparable' Couple Died Together in Plane Suicide

Pilot's wife was sick with cancer: family

(Newser) - After a couple was killed when their plane crashed into a snow-covered mountain in Alaska, their adult children found a silver lining. Cecilia Matter, 63, was suffering from cancer and didn't have much longer to live, they told KYUK at the time of the crash in December. It would... More »

Pilot Spoke of 'Weather Phenomenon' Before Deadly Crash

6 killed in Wisconsin Cessna crash

(Newser) - The pilot of a Cessna 421 and all five passengers were killed early Saturday when the aircraft crashed in a forest in northern Wisconsin, authorities say. National Transportation Safety Board investigators say the pilot mentioned a "weather phenomenon" to air traffic controllers shortly before the plane dropped off the... More »

Plane Crashes on California Freeway

Somehow, only one person other than plane's occupants was injured

(Newser) - A small twin-engine plane dropped out of the sky and exploded in flames on a busy freeway near a Southern California airport Friday morning, injuring the two people aboard but clipping only one passing vehicle, a fire official said. The Cessna 310 aircraft crashed on Interstate 405, just short of... More »

Inside an Unimaginable Sports Tragedy

A heartbreaking look at Brazil's Chapecoense

(Newser) - Last November, 71 people died when a plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team to the biggest game of its history crashed into a mountain in Colombia. Only three players for Chapecoense—known to fans as Chape—survived. Nineteen died. A heartbreaking deep dive into the tragedy by ESPN brings the... More »

Bodies Found After Plane Vanishes With 120 Aboard

Myanmar plane was carrying military families

(Newser) - A navy ship found bodies and aircraft parts in the seas off Myanmar while searching Thursday morning for a military transport plane carrying 120 people, a spokesman says. The Chinese-made Y-8 turboprop aircraft disappeared Wednesday afternoon about a half-hour after leaving Myeik, also known as Mergui, for Yangon on a... More »

Poles Make Disturbing Find in President's Coffin

After crash, Russia returned mixed-up bodies

(Newser) - The widow of a senior Polish official killed with scores of others in a 2010 plane crash accuse the Russians of "displaying a filthy attitude towards our dead" after the reinvestigation of the crash yielded disturbing results. Prosecutors announced Thursday that parts from the wrong bodies had been found... More »

Working Theory in Jet Crash: iPhone in Cockpit Is to Blame

Investigators say co-pilot may have used wrong outlet in EgyptAir crash

(Newser) - Investigators still don't know what caused an EgyptAir jet to crash last year en route from Paris to Cairo, but they're seriously looking into the possibility that a co-pilot's iPhone or iPad Mini is to blame. The theory is that the co-pilot plugged the device into a... More »

'Great Tragedy' in the Sierra Nevada

Snowmobiler finds plane with bodies of couple missing more than a month

(Newser) - Authorities have discovered the wreckage of a small plane buried in snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California and the bodies of a couple missing for more than a month inside it. Sierra County sheriff's officials say a snowmobiler found a piece of the plane's tail... More »

Their Plane Crashed at the Airport, but No One Noticed

Crash at Williston Municipal Airport wasn't reported for 22 hours

(Newser) - A family aboard a 1948 Cessna 170 attempted a takeoff from Florida's Williston Municipal Airport around 3pm Saturday. Instead, they crashed 150 feet before a tree line at the taxiway's north side, reports the Gainsville Sun . But though some 20 to 30 planes took off from the airport... More »

Pilot in Mysterious Plane Crash Was Likely Suicidal

Authorities have identified the pilot as 27-year-old Xin Rong

(Newser) - Authorities have identified the pilot whose plane mysteriously crashed with no one inside it earlier this month and say he was likely suicidal, Huffington Post reports. Xin Rong, a 27-year-old doctoral student from the University of Michigan, rented the Cessna from Ann Arbor Municipal Airport on March 15 and took... More »

Families 'Speechless' as Pilot's Dad Floats New Crash Theory

Says son was incapacitated by carbon monoxide leak

(Newser) - German prosecutors concluded co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was suicidal when he locked the captain out of the cockpit and flew a Germanwings plane into the French Alps in 2015, killing all 150 people on board. But on the second anniversary of the crash, Lubitz's father is floating a new theory.... More »

Plane Crashes in Canada—With No One Inside

Search is on for missing University of Michigan student

(Newser) - A University of Michigan student has seemingly vanished after the wreckage of a small plane he rented was found with no one inside. The unidentified graduate student was last seen renting a single-engine Cessna 172 registered to University of Michigan Flyers Inc. at Ann Arbor Airport last Wednesday, reports Wawa-news.... More »

Pregnant Mom Loses Husband, Two Kids in an Instant

Husband was flying their 2 kids home from a Phoenix wedding

(Newser) - A pregnant mother who learned last week that she is expecting a daughter is now going through the unimaginable: planning the funerals of her husband and older two children. Randall Wells, a Mormon bishop and experienced pilot, was flying his single-engine Cessna 172 home to Utah from a wedding in... More »

3 Killed as Plane Crashes Into California Homes

Family was returning from a cheerleading contest

(Newser) - Three people died and two were injured when a small plane carrying a family returning from a cheerleading competition crashed into two southern California homes and sparked a major fire Monday, authorities say. A husband, wife, and three teenagers were on the plane that had just taken off from Riverside... More »

5 Killed as Plane Crashes Into Mall

4 Americans, Aussie pilot die in Melbourne crash

(Newser) - An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in Melbourne, police say. The five were on a twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air that crashed about 45 minutes before the... More »

Dozens Die as Cargo Jet Crashes Into Village

747 plowed through buildings in Kyrgyzstan

(Newser) - Dozens of people in a village just outside Kyrgyzstan's Bishkek airport died in a horrific crash early Monday when a Boeing 747 cargo plane apparently missed the runway. The plane plowed for hundreds of yards through the village, breaking into pieces and destroying at least 15 buildings, Reuters reports.... More »

Pilot Killed in Fiery Crash as Hundreds Watch

Thai air force pilot was taking part in an air show

(Newser) - A Thai air force pilot died when his fighter jet crashed at an air show Saturday during the country's Children's Day, the AP reports. Amateur video footage shows the JAS 39 Gripen jet maneuvering over the Hat Yai air base in southern Thailand when it suddenly lost altitude... More »

Black Boxes: Jet Carrying Soccer Team Ran Out of Fuel

Pilot frantically requested that Colombia let him land

(Newser) - Colombian aviation authorities said Monday that an airliner that crashed with a Brazilian soccer team aboard had run out of fuel before it could land, reports the AP . Seventy-one people died in the Nov. 28 accident. A statement by the Civil Aeronautics agency said the conclusion was based on the... More »

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