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Only 3 Survive Cuban Plane Crash

There was a 4th survivor, but that person died in the hospital

(Newser) - Amid tragedy, a sliver of good news: Three women have survived the plane crash in Cuba that killed more than 100 Friday, the BBC reports. The survivors were pulled from the wreckage at the crash site and all are said to be in serious condition, per Reuters . There was a... More »

Captain Replaced Hubby on Deadly Southwest Flight

Shift change was to allow Tammie Jo Shults to attend son's track meet

(Newser) - Tammie Jo Shults, the heroic ex-Navy pilot who successfully landed a Southwest plane with a shattered engine, wasn't supposed to be on the flight. Shults' husband, also a pilot, had been scheduled to captain Flight 1380 on April 17 but offered to switch with Shults so she could attend... More »

Passengers Weren't Using Oxygen Masks Correctly

The masks are supposed to cover the nose as well as the mouth

(Newser) - The first passenger fatality on a US airline in almost a decade seems unimaginable: Witnesses say 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan of New Mexico was partially sucked out of a Southwest Airlines plane Tuesday—she later died—when an engine exploded, smashing a window in her row. While rare, this kind of... More »

Jet Catches Fire on Runway, Passengers Evacuated

Cause of fire at Denver airport still being investigated

(Newser) - One of the engines of a regional jet caught fire on a taxiway shortly after landing at Denver International Airport on Sunday afternoon, the AP reports. SkyWest spokeswoman Marissa Snow says the 59 passengers on the United Express plane operated by SkyWest were safely evacuated. No one was injured on... 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 »

'Flying Bum' Crashes —Ever So Slowly

Airlander 10, world's longest aircraft, went down after tangle with telephone pole

(Newser) - The world's longest aircraft is likely going to have a similarly lengthy repair bill after a bit of a bumpy landing on Wednesday during its second test flight in the UK, the BBC reports. The $33.1 million, 302-foot-long Airlander 10—officially named the Martha Gywn, but called "... More »

For Fliers, 2015 Was an Unbelievably Safe Year

No fatal jetliner accidents happened globally

(Newser) - It once seemed impossible, but the airline industry has finally pulled off a long-sought-after global goal: It got through an entire year without a single jetliner fatality due to pilot snafus, plane malfunctions, and/or weather conditions, per the Wall Street Journal . Stats issued by the International Air Transport Association called... More »

Harrison Ford Recovering, Though Wife Looks 'Drained'

That's according to Page Six

(Newser) - You can all relax: Harrison Ford is in stable condition at an LA hospital after his crash landing last week, Page Six reported early today. Wife Calista Flockhart was, of course, among those visiting Ford in recent days, and Page Six notes that she "looked drained" the last time... More »

Jet Stopped Just Short of Water at LaGuardia

Delta jet skids off runway while landing; no serious injuries

(Newser) - It was a scary close: A Delta plane skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing today and stopped just short of an icy bay. The jet with about 130 people aboard came to rest on an embankment near the water's edge. No serious injuries were reported, though... More »

4 Dead, 4 Missing in Plane Crash at Kansas Airport

Beechcraft King Air reported losing engine power after takeoff

(Newser) - At least four people are dead after a small plane crashed at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport this morning, sending up "towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles," in the words of AP . The twin-engine Beechcraft King Air reported losing engine power just after takeoff,... More »

Lawyer in Plow-Jet Crash: Booze Odor Not From Booze

Vladimir Martynenko could have smelled that way due to drops he takes for heart

(Newser) - The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying Total SA CEO Christophe de Margerie to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark. Channel One state television showed footage today... More »

Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies

Oceana Irizzary's father was also killed in Sunday accident

(Newser) - The 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said today. Oceana Irizzary's father also was killed Sunday. The two, of Fort Stewart, Ga., were walking along Caspersen... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Airline Workers Black Out Logos After Plane Accident

Thai Airways was trying to protect image, accomplished the opposite

(Newser) - A Thai Airways plane skidded off the runway during landing last night, but you wouldn't know it was a Thai Airways plane from pictures taken after the accident. Airline workers painted over the logos on both the tail and body of the aircraft, a "crisis communication rule" supposedly... More »

Plane in Conn. Crash Was Inverted, Speeding

NTSB preliminary report includes witness accounts

(Newser) - Before crashing into a home in East Haven, Conn., the aircraft in the fatal crash was upside-down in what sounds like a nightmare scenario. According to a preliminary NTSB report, a witness "saw the airplane at the end of a right roll. The airplane was inverted and traveling at... More »

Plane Crashes Into Mobile Homes

Pilot injured in crash

(Newser) - A small plane crashed into two mobile homes today in Laurel, Maryland, leaving the pilot with serious but not life-threatening injuries, WUSA-9 reports. Witnesses say they heard "sputtering" above and suspected something was amiss; they came outside to investigate and heard the crash. The 70-year-old pilot was spotted on... More »

Korean Pilots Rely on Autopilot: Aviators

They're not trained much on manual flying, pilots say

(Newser) - A potentially telling revelation in the wake of the Asiana Airlines crash landing at the San Francisco airport: Asiana pilots have little training on manual flying and visual approaches, according to three pilots Bloomberg spoke to who have either flown for Asiana or helped train Korean crews. One of the... More »

Pilot, Co-Pilot Didn't Talk About Unfolding SF Disaster

Cockpit voice recordings show no communication until seconds before crash

(Newser) - As Asiana Airlines Flight 214 descended toward San Francisco International Airport— too low , too slow , and with a pilot who had never landed a Boeing 777 at the tricky airport before—cockpit voice recordings show that pilot Lee Hang-kook and the co-pilot supervising him, who was more experienced, did not... More »

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