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Flight Delayed? It Could Be the Coffeemaker

Faulty machines must be checked for fire risk

(Newser) - Running late for a flight? Cross your fingers that the plane's coffeemaker is broken. An "inordinate amount of coffeemaker problems" are causing flight delays, American Airlines' chief of operations says—and causing passengers to lose their lids. The New York Times reports defective coffeemakers require a thorough check... More »

Air Traffic Controllers Suffer Scary Sleep Deprivation

The AP has results of a study faulting grueling schedules

(Newser) - An FAA study about the nation's air traffic controllers suggests two big takeaways: They need more sleep and saner schedules. The AP obtained a draft report of a study that the agency has been keeping secret for about four years, perhaps so passengers wouldn't be worrying about stats... More »

Scary Mistakes on Asia Flights Kept Secret: Report

WSJ reports many air incidents go unreported in Asia

(Newser) - Asia's aviation market is booming, with passenger counts jumping more than 200% over the last 10 years in India and Indonesia and 300% in China. Perhaps passengers are encouraged by the low number of incidents among Asian airlines, but all is not what it seems: A Wall Street Journal... More »

Bali Jet Skids Into Ocean

All 100+ people on board appear to be safe

(Newser) - A passenger jet with more than 100 people aboard overshot the runway upon landing in Bali today and ended up in the ocean—but everybody on board appears to be safe, reports the BBC . The Lion Air jet, a Boeing 737-800, came to rest in shallow waters off the Indonesian... More »

Giant Solar Plant in Mojave Could Flip Airplanes

Mammoth Ivanpah plant gives rise to many safety concerns

(Newser) - The largest solar energy plant in the world could bring a surprising array of dangers to the Mojave Desert when constructed is completed, reports the LA Times . First off, it's huge: 170,000 large mirrors will be installed at the Ivanpah plant, heating water in three 45-story towers to... More »

12 Survive Siberia Plane Crash

Turboprop plane goes down shortly after takeoff, killing 31

(Newser) - At least 31 people were killed when a Russian plane carrying 43 passengers and crew members crashed in Siberia this morning. The ATR-72 turboprop plane owned by UTair had just left Tyumen on a flight north to the oil town of Surget when it went down. The cause is unknown.... More »

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