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'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 »

Found: Black Box for Crashed EgyptAir Plane

Egyptian investigators say cockpit voice recorder was pulled out of Mediterranean Sea

(Newser) - The cockpit voice recorder of the doomed EgyptAir plane that crashed last month, killing all 66 on board, has been found and pulled from the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt's investigation committee said Thursday, per the AP . The development raises hopes of finding clues as to the cause of the May... 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 »

We Don't Know What Happens If a Jet Engine Sucks in a Drone

Pilot drone sightings have already more than doubled last year's total

(Newser) - In July, the Department of Homeland Security said it counted more than 500 incidents of drones passing near "critical" sites such as airports since 2012. And the Federal Aviation Administration said the number of pilot sightings of unmanned aircraft as of Aug. 9 is more than double the number... More »

Planes on Collision Course Avoid Near Disaster

Chicago Midway Airport controller cries out desperate warning

(Newser) - Two commercial planes flirted with disaster tonight after beginning their takeoffs on intersecting runways at Chicago Midway International Airport, the Chicago Tribune reports. "Stop, stop, stop, stop!" an air controller can be heard shouting on a recording of the incident posted at LiveATC.net . The two pilots—one... 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 »

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 »

Tickets of Malaysia Plane's Suspect Tied to Iranian Man

'Mr Ali' bought them for men with stolen passports, but no indication of larger plot

(Newser) - It's well past midnight in Malaysia, where the search for Flight MH370 is on hold until daylight, but developments are continuing to trickle out—though the updates are far from clarifying ones. The Financial Times follows up a report on the two men —one using an Italian passport,... 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 »

Only 4% Survive Fatal US Plane Accidents

Of such accidents between Jan. 1, 2000, and July 10, 2013

(Newser) - Plane crashes may be on the decline, but your chance of surviving a fatal accident isn't much better than it was in the 1970s, according to a USA Today analysis of Aviation Safety Network data. What its number-crunching found:
  • It looked at fatal accidents worldwide from Jan. 1, 1970
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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 »

'Hero' Crew Member: SF Evacuation Began Badly

Slides inflated inside, pinning flight attendants down

(Newser) - A 20-year Asiana veteran is the first crew member of the doomed Flight 214 to speak, and according to Lee Yoon-hye, the evacuation did not begin smoothly. But first came the hard landing, which the cabin manager describes as "a bang ... afterward, there was another shock and the plane... More »

TWA Flight 800 Crash Not as Reported: Documentary

Former investigators say 'ordnance explosions' brought plane down

(Newser) - Conspiracy theorists have long suspected TWA Flight 800 was brought down not by the NTSB's officially determined cause (a gas tank explosion), but by something less accidental, and a new documentary debuting next month will give them quite a bit of fuel. The film includes testimony from six high-level... More »

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