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Pilot's Text Reveal Concerns With 737 Max Back in 2016

Boeing just now turned over transcripts to FAA

(Newser) - A Boeing pilot using a flight simulator to try out the 737 Max in 2016 complained in text messages that a new automated system was making the plane hard to control. Boeing found the texts four months ago, Reuters reports, and the FAA now wants to know why they weren'... More »

At Least 7 Confirmed Dead After Crash of WWII Bomber

It was one of Connecticut's worst air disasters

(Newser) - Seven people have been confirmed dead in the crash of a World War II-era bomber in Connecticut Wednesday morning, making it one of the worst air disasters in the state's history. State public safety commissioner James Rovella says six of the 13 people on the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress... More »

'It Sounded Like an 18-Wheeler': Plane Crash in Connecticut

WWII-era B-17 goes down at Bradley International Airport

(Newser) - "It sounded like an 18-wheeler coming down the street and then it got louder," said one witness. Then came the crash and the fireball. A World War II-era plane went down at Connecticut's Bradley International Airport around 10am Wednesday; the plane reportedly slid off the end of... More »

Someone Else Is at Fault in Boeing 737 Crashes

Inexperienced pilots are also to blame, says the New York Times

(Newser) - Boeing isn't the only one to blame. So concludes an impressively detailed New York Times article about two fatal Boeing 737 Max crashes since last year—which, it turns out, were caused at least partly by pilot error. "Look, we know as a fact that half of airline... More »

184 Survived 'Non-Survivable' Plane Crash, Thanks to Him

'Humble' hero, former United Airlines pilot Al Haynes has died

(Newser) - Al Haynes was credited with saving 184 lives, but up to his death Sunday in Seattle at age 87, he continually shrugged off the label of hero. Haynes—the pilot of United Airlines Flight 232, which crash-landed in Iowa on July 19, 1989, killing 112 of 296 passengers and crew—... More »

Thrill-Seeker Shoots Video After Plane Crash

David Lesh filmed as the plane sank into the Pacific Ocean

(Newser) - A pilot and self-professed thrill seeker said Wednesday he was forced to bring his new plane down into the ocean off Northern California as it lost power, recording dramatic videos as he and his passenger treaded water in the chilly ocean awaiting rescue, the AP reports. (See clips here , here... More »

Earnhardt Jr. Releases First Statement After Plane Crash

'We are truly blessed,' he says

(Newser) - NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. thanked supporters and said his family is "truly blessed" in his first public statement since last week's plane crash . The four adults, one baby, and one dog on Earnhardt Jr.'s private plane escaped with only minor injuries after it rolled off... More »

Stunt Plane Crash Kills Beloved NOLA Anchor

Nancy Parker was reporting a story on pilot when crash killed them both

(Newser) - An Emmy-winning anchor who was a beloved fixture on New Orleans television screens for more than two decades died Friday in a stunt plane crash that also killed the pilot. Nancy Parker, 53, was doing a story for WVUE on pilot Franklin Augustus when the pair crashed in a field... More »

Earnhardt Plane Crash Had a Lucky Twist

Their Cessna Citation ended up on a freeway

(Newser) - Investigators say the plane carrying NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family bounced, veered off the runway, and ended up on a highway during a crash landing at a small airport in Tennessee, the AP reports. Elizabethton Police Chief Jason Shaw said at a news conference Friday "it'... More »

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Family Survive Plane Crash

'Everyone is safe,' tweet says

(Newser) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family suffered only cuts and abrasions when their private plane caught fire as it landed Thursday afternoon at a small airport in Tennessee. Their Cessna Citation had gone off the runway after landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport, officials told ESPN . Everyone was taken to a... More »

Plane Takes Unfortunate Detour in Bahamas

All 3 people aboard are rescued by fishermen after crash

(Newser) - A fishing crew plying the waters in the Bahamas made an unexpected discovery—a raft with three plane crash survivors. It seems the three men were in a Piper PA-34 en route to Miami when the small plane went down in the ocean about 20 miles off Bimini, reports ABC... 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 »

Witnesses Saw Skydivers Try to Jump Before Deadly Crash

9 killed in Sweden accident

(Newser) - Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a plane crash that killed eight parachutists and their pilot in Sweden on Sunday. Witnesses say they heard a loud noise before the single-engine GippsAero GA8 Airvan plunged nose-down into Storstarskar island, the Local reports. Some witnesses say they saw skydivers try... More »

Boeing Hopes Its $100M Will 'Bring Comfort'

Sets aside that amount to help affected families in wake of 737 MAX crashes

(Newser) - Boeing says it's providing $100 million over several years to help families and communities affected by two crashes of its 737 MAX plane that killed 346 people. The company said Wednesday that some of the money will go toward living expenses and to cover hardship suffered by the families... More »

10 Dead After Small Plane Crashes Into Hangar

'It's a very sad day for Dallas County'

(Newser) - Ten people were killed when a small airplane crashed into a hangar as it was taking off from a Dallas-area airport Sunday morning, says a spokeswoman for the town of Addison, Texas. Mary Rosenbleeth says no one aboard the twin-engine plane survived at the Addison Municipal Airport, about 20 miles... More »

Simulator Flights Reveal New Flaw on Boeing 737 Max

Problem could keep plane grounded longer

(Newser) - A series of simulator flights to test new software has uncovered a previously unknown flaw in the Boeing 737 Max computer system. Government pilots found that a microprocessor failure could push the plane downward, two sources familiar with the testing told CNN . The airliner has been grounded since March after... More »

Fatal Plane Crash Stuns Hawaii

The plane was operated by a skydiving company

(Newser) - A skydiving plane crashed and burst into flames just after takeoff from a small seaside airfield on the island of Oahu, killing 11 people, officials said Saturday. Authorities initially reported that nine people died in the crash Friday evening and that three of them were customers of a skydiving company... More »

Family Waited as They Flew Off for a Skydive. Then, 'Terrible Tragedy'

Twin-engine plane crashes in Oahu, all 9 on board perish

(Newser) - A twin-engine skydiving plane took off Friday evening for a "sunset tandem" flight, but it never made it back to loved ones waiting on the ground. Per NBC News , officials say the plane—reported by Hawaii News Now to be a Beechcraft King Air 65 run by the Oahu... More »

Boeing CEO Uses the Word 'Mistake'

But Dennis Muilenburg says the company will be 'better and stronger'

(Newser) - The chief executive of Boeing said the company made a "mistake" in handling a problematic cockpit warning system in its 737 Max jets before two crashes of the top-selling plane killed 346 people, and he promised transparency as the US aircraft maker tries to get the grounded model back... More »

Fathers of Bride, Groom Left Bachelor Party, Died

'The love and the support they showed their children will carry on'

(Newser) - An upcoming wedding in Canada will be "bittersweet" after the fathers of the bride and groom died in a plane crash on their way home from the groom's bachelor party. Jim Wilk, the father of the groom, was piloting the plane en route to Moose Jaw, Sask., where... More »

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