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Pilot's Typo Sends Plane on a Very Wrong Path

Flight from Sydney to Malaysia ends up in Melbourne instead

(Newser) - Data entry errors are often harmless enough, unless you happen to be an international pilot punching in your longitude before a flight. Then, they get interesting. As Australia's 9News.com reports, an AirAsia flight crew learned this lesson when it attempted to fly from Sydney to Malaysia—only to... More »

Russia Court: Ukrainian Pilot Guilty in Journos' Murder

Judge says Nadezhda Savchenko was driven by 'political hatred'

(Newser) - A Russian court on Monday found Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko guilty of complicity to murder two Russian journalists in war-torn eastern Ukraine, the AP reports. The judge who began reading the verdict said that Savchenko, who served in a volunteer Ukrainian battalion at the time, called in the coordinates for... More »

Refueling Crew Saves US Pilot Over ISIS Territory

F-16's fuel system had a glitch that would've been bad news if he'd had to eject

(Newser) - An F-16 fighter pilot's aircraft suffered a fuel system malfunction at perhaps the worst possible time—flying over ISIS-held territory—but the crew of a military refueling tanker stuck with him, likely saving his life, the Air Force Times reports. "Knowing the risks to their own safety, they... More »

Feds: Alaska Airlines Pilot Flew Drunk—Twice

Blood alcohol readings were way over the limit

(Newser) - An Alaska Airlines pilot was too drunk to drive, let alone fly, when he piloted two flights on June 20, 2014, according to federal prosecutors. David Hans Arntson—who was immediately removed from "safety sensitive duties" after flunking a breath test and later retired from the airline—was arrested... More »

Quick-Thinking Pilot Diverts Overseas Flight to Save Dog

Faulty cargo heating system could have killed Simba if not for captain's decision

(Newser) - An Air Canada pilot inconvenienced passengers on an overseas flight and may have cost the airline up to $10,000 in fuel costs, but people are praising him for a humane decision that also may have saved a dog's life. When the pilot noticed a cargo heating-system malfunction during... More »

Tom Cruise Film Pilot Killed in Plane Crash

Actor wasn't on board during accident in Colombia

(Newser) - A small plane assigned to the crew of a movie starring Tom Cruise crashed in the Colombian Andes yesterday, killing two people, including a Los Angeles-based film pilot. An official with the nation's aviation agency says Cruise was not aboard the aircraft. The official said an American, Alan Purwin,... More »

Heads Roll After Pilots Let Playmate Fly a Plane

Surprise: Both pilots are now out of a job

(Newser) - Two pilots for Argentine carrier Austral Lineas Aereas are out of a job after they acted a little too generously with a passenger who just so happened to be a Playboy model. Victoria Xipolitakis tweeted photos, since removed, showing her sandwiched between pilots Patricio Zocchi Molina, 33, and Federico Matias... More »

Iraq Military Pilot Killed —in Arizona Crash

He was training on F-16s

(Newser) - Iraq's military is reporting the death of one its pilots in a training mission, with the unusual detail that it occurred a long way from home—in Arizona to be exact. Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sadeeq crashed Wednesday in an F-16 Fighting Falcon about 5 miles from the Douglas... More »

Co-Pilot Accused of Hitting Pilot Before Takeoff

Both Air India aviators are said to be grounded while investigation continues

(Newser) - With nerves still frayed from last month's Germanwings crash , this latest incident may not expedite a return to calm. Unnamed sources say that the co-pilot of an Air India plane physically abused the pilot after an argument over paperwork last night—and that they then proceeded to take off... More »

Lubitz Was 'Depressed'? Now, Wait a Second

Homicidal behavior may signify another problem: Anne Skomorowsky

(Newser) - When Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz killed himself and 149 other people, was he depressed or just "depressed"? That distinction is key to grasping his state of mind and helping lonely, difficult, and angry people around the world, writes Anne Skomorowsky at Slate . At the hospital where she practices... More »

Pilot Had Potentially Serious Vision Trouble, Too

New York Times reports it might have ended his career

(Newser) - The troubling details about Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz keep piling up: The New York Times reports that he sought treatment for an unspecified vision problem that had the potential to end his career. As with his psychological problems , the 27-year-old apparently did not reveal the vision trouble to his employer,... More »

This Isn't the First 'Suicide by Plane Crash'

Germanwings crash chillingly similar to 2013 crash

(Newser) - It's thankfully very rare for a pilot to decide midflight that it's time for themselves and everybody on board to die, but Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz isn't the first believed to have done so. While the lack of survivors can make such cases hard to confirm, experts... More »

Pilot Unconscious, Plane Drops into Atlantic

After entering restricted Washington airspace

(Newser) - After taking off from Wisconsin, a plane carrying an unconscious pilot moved into restricted airspace over Washington, DC, before eventually falling into the Atlantic yesterday, USA Today reports. The pilot was the only person on the plane, which was initially bound for Manassas, Virginia, near Washington, an official says. The... More »

Pilot Loses Prosthetic Arm—as He's Landing Plane

He managed to set it down without passenger injuries, plane damage

(Newser) - You might imagine landing a plane with both hands on the controls would be hard enough. Add windy conditions and a prosthetic arm that essentially fell off, and you've got the plight of a Flybe pilot flying into Belfast earlier this year. According to an accident report, the pilot... More »

Fishing Boat Hooks Plane—With Body

Plane likely belongs to missing NZ pilot Daroish Kraidy: cops

(Newser) - The crew aboard a New Zealand fishing boat today hauled up a surprising and gruesome catch: a small plane with a body inside. Authorities suspect the plane is a 19-foot aerobatic biplane that was home-assembled from a kit and flown by missing Auckland pilot Daroish Kraidy. The crew of the... More »

Teen Pilot Dies in Round-the-World Attempt

Indiana teen's father missing after crash

(Newser) - An Indiana teenager is dead and his father is missing after an attempt to set a world record ended in tragedy off the coast of American Samoa. Haris Suleman, 17, was trying to become the youngest person ever to pilot a single-engine plane around the world in under 30 days,... More »

MH370 Captain 'Planned Route' to Remote Island

Malaysia investigation focuses on Captain Zaharie Shah, 53

(Newser) - Malaysia's police probe into the downing of flight MH370 has zeroed in on one suspect: the captain, who had plotted a flight path to a remote island on his flight simulator at home, according to a report in the Sunday Times . The investigation doesn't rule out terrorism or... More »

Off-Duty Air Force Pilot Helps Land United Jet

Original pilot on passenger plane suffered a heart attack

(Newser) - Capt. Mark Gongol flies B-1B bombers for the Air Force in his day job, and he had to put those skills to use while returning from vacation with his family on a United jet. About a half-hour into the flight from Des Moines to Denver, Gongol figured something was wrong... More »

Pilot Whose Deadly Crash Airport Missed Was Drunk

Michael Callan had BAC of .081, just over Tennessee's .08 limit.

(Newser) - An autopsy report on the Canadian pilot who crashed undetected in Nashville —the one who inexplicably claimed Taylor Swift as his next of kin —has found Michael Callan was legally drunk when his plane went down after circling the airport on Oct. 29. Though two-thirds of his body... More »

Nurses Rescue Pilot After Mid-Flight Heart Attack

Amy Sorenson and Linda Alweiss hailed as heroes

(Newser) - If there's one question you don't want to hear over the loudspeaker in the middle of a flight, it would probably be "Does anyone on board have any medical experience?" That heart-stopping question became a reality on a United Airlines flight last month when the pilot had... More »

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