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Trump: OK, I Didn't See Video of Iran Money Plane

Walks back claim he saw 'military tape' of 'money pouring off a plane'

(Newser) - As the White House continued to deflect accusations from conservatives that a $400 million payment to Iran was ransom for four American detainees released earlier this year, Donald Trump twice this week claimed he had seen video of a "top secret" transaction in which the huge supposed payout was... More »

Selma Blair 'Very Sorry' for Plane Outburst

She says she mixed alcohol, medication

(Newser) - Mixing booze and medication on a flight was an enormous mistake, Selma Blair says in an apology for her bizarre behavior on a flight from Cancun, Mexico, to Los Angeles on Monday. "After a lovely trip with my son and his dad, I mixed alcohol with medication, and that... More »

Mom: As Son With Allergies Is Taken Off Plane, Cruel Clapping

Flight was delayed 90 minutes

(Newser) - The bucket list trip was all about making memories—just not the kind a Phoenix family is now stuck with. Terminal cancer patient George Alvarado brought his wife, Christina Fabian, and 7-year-old son, Giovanni, to Bellingham, Wash., to visit family. But when they boarded an Allegiant Airlines flight back to... More »

Finally, a Clear View of 'Flying Boat' Sunk at Pearl Harbor

US Navy seaplane had a wing span of 100 feet

(Newser) - New images of a large US Navy seaplane that sank in Hawaii waters during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor show a coral-encrusted engine and reef fish swimming in and out of a hull. The video and photos are the clearest images taken of the Catalina PBY-5 wreckage to date,... More »

ISIS Captures Jordan Pilot in US-Led Coalition

Jordan confirms capture of pilot

(Newser) - A warplane in the US-led coalition that is bombing ISIS in Syria went down near Raqqa today, the AP reports, and Jordan is confirming ISIS claims that one of its pilots has been captured by the militants. The pro-ISIS Raqqa Media Center published photos to Facebook showing a bleeding man... More »

US Couple's Plane Crash Stumps Investigators

Larry, Jane Glazer worked to improve Rochester, NY

(Newser) - Officials have yet to find the wreckage of a plane, flown by a US couple, that crashed near Jamaica , the AP reports. Last night, investigators saw debris that could have been from the plane, but now it's nowhere to be found. "We would have to assume it may... More »

'Unresponsive' US Couple Crashes Plane Near Jamaica

US fighter jets followed plane as far as Cuba

(Newser) - A real estate developer and his wife flew "apparently incapacitated" on a 1,700-mile flight today before crashing off the coast of Jamaica, reports the AP . Rescue teams from the US are investigating, but the Democrat and Chronicle reports that Larry and Jane Glazer, both 68, have died. They... More »

US Military Charter Plane Makes Forced Landing in Iran

Plane told it couldn't fly in Iranian airspace: officials

(Newser) - A commercial aircraft chartered by the US-led military in Afghanistan was re-routed to Iran today and forced to land there in a mix-up over its flight plan, US officials say. The plane was carrying military contractors, some of whom were American, CNN reports. The plane was flying from Bagram airfield... More »

Southwest Deplanes Family Over Dad's Critical Tweet

Gate agent didn't like that tweet mentioned her name

(Newser) - Think twice before you tweet—it could get you kicked off a plane. After Duff Watson used Twitter to complain about a Southwest gate agent, he was deemed a safety threat, deplaned with his two young daughters, then threatened with police action unless he deleted the tweet. It all started... More »

Pilot Lands on Highway for 2nd Time in 8 Days

Long Island man, 75, has engine trouble in same spot

(Newser) - Pilot Frank Fierro had to bring his small plane down on Long Island's Sunrise Highway in an emergency landing yesterday after he developed engine trouble, reports the Daily News . Which isn't that unusual, except for the fact that the same pilot had to bring the same plane down... More »

Irate Captain Locks Out Co-Pilot in Mid-Flight

Air New Zealand captain unhappy about tarmac delay, airline says

(Newser) - An unhappy pilot got back at his first officer the way mature adults do—by locking him out of the cabin in mid-flight, according to an Air New Zealand official. The captain on a flight from Perth, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand, apparently held a grudge after the first officer... More »

Nasty Note-Writing War Breaks Out on Flight

'Bachelor' producer Elan Gale sends angry woman the 1st note

(Newser) - Ah, the spirit of the season: The producer of ABC's Bachelor and Bachelorette apparently engaged in a bitter note-passing war with a woman who complained about their flight being delayed, Business Insider reports via BuzzFeed . "Today is Thanksgiving!" she cried, according to producer Elan Gale's Twitter... More »

'Perfect' Plane Seat Located

Row six, by the window: survey

(Newser) - The perfect plane seat: 6A. A new survey from Skyscanner came to that conclusion after determining that most passengers, given a choice, want to sit in a window seat toward the front of the aircraft. Previous studies have also found the first six rows of a plane to be the... More »

Jet to Zoom From Paris to NYC in 90 Minutes

... But not for another 40 years

(Newser) - A jet in the works would travel four times the speed of sound—meaning a 90-minute flight from Paris to New York City or a 2-and-a-half-hour trip from Paris to Tokyo. ZEHRA is planned by the makers of the Concorde and would travel 3,125 mph, or twice as fast... More »

Pakistan Jet Evacuated in Sweden After Bomb Threat

Karachi-bound flight diverts after Canada reports threat

(Newser) - A Pakistan International Airlines plane bound for Karachi diverted this morning to Sweden, where it was evacuated over reports of a passenger carrying explosives, reports the AP. Police detained a man they described as a Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin as passengers were being evacuated, but have thus far found... More »

Rail Travel Pollutes as Much as Flying: Study

(Newser) - Train riders might not actually have that much to lord over their jet-setting rivals as far as pollution goes, Scientific American reports. A new study shows that although planes emit three times more greenhouse gasses per passenger per mile than trains, the industrial emissions necessary to rail infrastructure makes the... More »

How to Find a Missing Plane

(Newser) - How will authorities go about finding Air France Flight 447? Essentially, it'll take a lot more planes, Slate explains. Most of the jet’s location gadgets, like its emergency locator transmitters, are unlikely to work underwater. The flight recorders have sonar devices attached that can transmit from 14,000 feet... More »

'No Hope' for Air France Plane

Lightning strike feared

(Newser) - There is "no hope" for the 228 people onboard the Air France plane that disappeared en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro this morning, says an Air France official. An automatic message sent at 2:14am GMT reported a short circuit, which authorities believe means it was struck... More »

Alert Air Passenger Warns of Fuel Leak

Air force sergeant spotted leak before 747 headed over the Pacific

(Newser) - An eagle-eyed passenger warned a 747 flight crew about a fuel leak on a recent Japan-bound flight from Chicago, CNN reports. Air Force Sgt. Bartek Bachleda, who serves in an air refueling squadron, spotted vapor billowing from behind the wing and realized the jet was losing fuel fast. He alerted... More »

Errant Plane Breaches Security at White House

(Newser) - An errant plane set off a brief security scare in Washington today, prompting the relocation of President Obama and VP Biden, Bloomberg reports. The small aircraft entered restricted airspace before being intercepted by military jets and obeying orders to leave the area and land at a nearby airport. During the... More »

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