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Report on 737 Max: 'Horrific Culmination' of Missteps

'Grossly insufficient oversight' by FAA and 'lack of transparency' by Boeing cited by House committee

(Newser) - As regulators get closer to OKing recertification for Boeing's beleaguered 737 Max planes, what CNBC calls a "damning" report from a Congressional committee that took a year and a half to complete was released Wednesday, pointing to a series of fails during the development of the aircraft. The... More »

Report: Kobe Bryant Pilot Had 2015 Weather- Related Infraction

Ara Zobayan had been disciplined by FAA for entering LAX airspace without the OK

(Newser) - The pilot of the helicopter that crashed in Calabasas last month, killing Kobe Bryant , his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others, took heat in 2015 from the Federal Aviation Administration for entering busy airspace near Los Angeles International Airport, even though air traffic control had warned him from doing so.... More »

Boeing Red-Faced on 'Appalling' Messages About 737 Max

'This airplane is designed by clowns, who are in turn supervised by monkeys'

(Newser) - Lawmakers are calling newly revealed messages from Boeing employees on the company's beleaguered 737 Max—involved in two horrific crashes that killed 346 people— and the Federal Aviation Administration "astonishing," "appalling," and "incredibly damning," in what the New York Times deems the "... More »

Airlines Reroute Flights Away From Iran, Iraq Airspace

FAA bans US carriers from flying over area

(Newser) - Commercial airlines on Wednesday rerouted flights crossing the Middle East to avoid possible danger amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran. The flight restrictions reflected fears that the conflict between the longtime foes could ratchet up following Iranian ballistic missile strikes Tuesday on two Iraqi bases that house... More »

FAA Analysis: 737 MAX Could Crash 15 More Times

That is, if Boeing didn't fix the MCAS system

(Newser) - A month after the deadly October 2018 Lion Air crash in Indonesia, the FAA completed an analysis that found it likely wouldn't be the last fatal Boeing 737 MAX crash. That analysis, released Wednesday during a House Transportation Committee hearing and reported on by the Wall Street Journal , found... More »

38 Southwest Jets Lack Proper Paperwork

Airline is speeding up inspections after FAA raised issues about inspections

(Newser) - Southwest Airlines couldn't produce safety data for 38 jets, which caused the Federal Aviation Administration to consider—but ultimately delay—grounding those jets, the Wall Street Journal reveals. The airline brought 88 used foreign jets into its fleet between 2013 and 2017, and last year an FAA official uncovered... More »

Boeing Isn't the Only One to Blame for 737 Crashes

The FAA had surprisingly lax oversight

(Newser) - Boeing's role in adding dangerous technology to the 737 Max is well-documented —but the Federal Aviation Administration fumbled this just as badly, the New York Times reports. According to insiders, the regulatory agency was too cozy with Boeing and ultimately let the airline oversee the development of MCAS,... More »

Amid Scrutiny, FAA to Get New Boss

President Trump names his pick

(Newser) - President Trump is announcing the nomination of a permanent administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration as the agency faces new scrutiny over its oversight of industry in the wake of a pair of deadly crashes involving a new Boeing aircraft. The White House announced Trump has selected former Delta Air... More »

Report: Pilot Knew He Was in Trouble Immediately

He asked to return as 737 Max hit abnormal speed

(Newser) - The pilot of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 knew he was in serious trouble soon after the doomed flight took off from Addis Ababa on Sunday, a source who has reviewed air traffic communications tells the New York Times. Captain Yared Getachew calmly reported a "flight control" problem a minute... More »

Report: Trump Bad-Mouthed 737 Before Grounding Decision

He told officials Boeing model 'sucked'

(Newser) - The US became the last major county to ground the Boeing 737 Max on Wednesday—shortly before the aircraft's maker grounded the entire global fleet. Boeing says it "continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max," but it will ground all 371 of... More »

Today Is Not a Good Day to Fly

Flights halted at LaGuardia, delayed elsewhere Friday amid government shutdown

(Newser) - The government shutdown is now wreaking more havoc than ever on airports , with the FAA temporarily halting flights into New York's LaGuardia Friday morning. The agency cited a shortage of air traffic controllers for the disruption as well as for flight delays of an hour or more at several... More »

FAA: Air Traffic Controller Slurred Words, Went Dark

Officials are trying to figure out what went wrong at McCarran International Airport

(Newser) - Federal and airport authorities said Friday they're investigating why an air traffic controller became incapacitated and went silent while working a night shift alone in the tower at the busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. "No safety events occurred during this incident," the FAA said in... More »

Trump Has Plan for Big Changes to Air Traffic Control

He wants privatization, separation from FAA

(Newser) - President Trump plans to lay out his vision for overhauling the nation's air traffic control system on Monday, outlining his goals to privatize the system in a White House speech. Trump will push for the separation of air traffic control operations from the Federal Aviation Administration, embracing an approach... More »

Harrison Ford's Harrowing 45 Seconds Captured on Video

He mistakenly flies low over airliner

(Newser) - Video released Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a Southern California airport. The 45 seconds of soundless video show the 74-year-old star's potentially serious mishap at John Wayne Airport in Orange County last week,... More »

Much 'Miracle on the Hudson' Safety Advice Not Carried Out

Many of the recommendations remain unresolved

(Newser) - In the seven years since airline captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger saved 155 lives by ditching his crippled airliner in the Hudson River, there's been enough time to write a book and make a movie, but apparently not enough to carry out most of the safety recommendations stemming from... More »

FAA: Don't Use Samsung Phone on Planes

Rare warning issued after battery fires

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration has taken what the AP calls the "extraordinary step" of warning passengers not to use Samsung's new smartphone in the air. Samsung has had to recall the Galaxy Note7 worldwide due to battery fires, and it appears that the only safe way to have... More »

Prediction: 600K Commercial Drones in US by End of Year

After new safety rules put into place

(Newser) - Federal aviation officials estimate there will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the US within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday, the AP reports. Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, said at a news conference... More »

Gallon of 'Amazing! LIQUID FIRE' Could Cost Amazon $350K

FAA is more than a little peeved about shipping violation that injured UPS workers

(Newser) - Amazon has been on the Federal Aviation Administration's naughty list for a few years, with at least 24 violations for shipping hazardous materials. But now the agency is proposing a $350,000 fine after Amazon sent, via air, a package labeled "Amazing! LIQUID FIRE" from Louisville, Ky., to... More »

Trump's Jet Has Been Flying With an Expired Registration

It's an offense punishable by up to 3 years in prison

(Newser) - You have to be pretty wealthy to own your own jet. You don't have to be nearly as wealthy to register it, which costs just $5 every three years. But the New York Times reports that hasn't stopped Donald Trump from letting the registration for his private Cessna... More »

Your Pilot May Not Remember How to Fly a Plane

Feds warn about skills fading away as automation takes over

(Newser) - Where's Ted Striker when you need him? Probably not at the helm of a commercial flight, according to a new Department of Transportation report . It finds that automation has driven manual flying mostly out of the cockpit, leading to concerns that pilots may not be getting enough training to... More »

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