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5 Killed in Mid-Air Crash of Alaska Sightseeing Planes

Both floatplanes carried cruise ship passengers

(Newser) - Two floatplanes carrying cruise ship passengers collided in mid-air in Alaska on Monday, killing at least five people, Princess Cruises says. The cruise line says four passengers and a pilot were killed in the crash over George Inlet near Ketchikan, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The Federal Administration Aviation says... More »

Miami Air Offers $2.5K to Crash Survivors

Landing feature 'inoperative' during Friday crash

(Newser) - Miami Air International says it is offering a "goodwill gesture" to the 137 passengers involved in a crash at Naval Air Station Jacksonville on Friday night: a $2,500 payment, which the airline says will not affect anybody's right to sue. "We understand and appreciate the difficult... More »

Boeing Failed to Tell Airlines That Safety Alert Was Off

Move would have 'reduced confusion,' FAA says

(Newser) - Boeing said Sunday that it discovered after airlines had been flying its 737 Max plane for several months that a safety alert in the cockpit was not working as intended, yet it didn't disclose that fact to airlines or federal regulators until after one of the planes crashed. The... More »

Bad News in Jacksonville Plane Crash

At least 4 pets were aboard the plane, in the now-submerged cargo hold

(Newser) - All 143 humans aboard the plane that slid off the runway in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday night survived, but the news is much more grim for the four pets who were also aboard. The plane is partially submerged in the St. Johns River, and as US Navy rep Kaylee LaRocque... More »

Plane Slides Off Runway Into Florida River

All survived after Boeing 737 fell off runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida

(Newser) - A charter plane carrying 143 people and traveling from Cuba to north Florida ended up in a river at the end of a runway Friday night, though no critical injuries or deaths were reported, officials said. A Boeing 737 arriving at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay,... More »

Incredible Photos Show Plane Atop a 60-Foot Tree

Firefighters managed to rescue pilot uninjured

(Newser) - A 79-year-old pilot spent a tense few hours in a Piper Cub PA-18 perched at the top of a 60-foot tree Monday night. Authorities say that after the man's plane lost power, he ended up in the giant white fir after trying to crash-land in a field a few... More »

All 6 Aboard Small Plane Dead After Texas Crash

FAA, NTSB will investigate

(Newser) - All six people aboard a small plane died Monday when it crashed while preparing to land in central Texas, authorities said. The twin-engine aircraft went down just before 9am as it was approaching an airport in Kerrville, about 70 miles northwest of San Antonio, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman... More »

Pilot's Fatal Mistake? Letting Dog Sit in Passenger Seat

NTSB says pet likely hit controls, caused 2017 crash of small plane

(Newser) - A man's decision to let his dog ride in the passenger seat of his small plane ultimately doomed him, the NTSB says in a new report on a 2017 plane crash. The single-engine airplane flown by Jerry Naylor, 90, a former commercial pilot, crashed into a cornfield 50 yards... More »

6 Minutes of Chaos Preceded Jet's Crash

Warning of 'don't sink' kept going off as pilots tried to gain control of Boeing 737 Max

(Newser) - The report from investigators released Thursday about the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet says pilots acted properly as they struggled to regain control of their Boeing 737 Max when an anti-stall system went awry. Bloomberg adds a caveat: Three pilots who reviewed the report tell the outlet that the... More »

737 Pilots Tried Over and Over to Regain Control of Jet

Ethiopia's first official report is out on Boeing crash

(Newser) - It wasn't a single, quick plunge to death: The Boeing 737 Max that crashed in Ethiopia nosedived multiple times as its pilots tried in vain to stop it, according to the first official report on last month's disaster. "The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly [that were]... More »

Report: Pilots Followed Boeing Procedures—at First

Pilots reactivated MCAS as plane continued to aim downward: 'WSJ'

(Newser) - Emergency procedures touted by Boeing in the wake of October’s Lion Air crash "apparently didn’t work as expected" come March. The pilots of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 initially followed emergency procedures in killing power to stall-prevention feature MCAS , the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people briefed on... More »

Plane Crash Kills One of Russia's Richest Women

Natalia Fileva co-owned Siberia Airlines

(Newser) - A double tragedy in Germany: Authorities say Natalia Fileva, one of Russia's richest women, died along with the pilot and another passenger when a small plane crashed into an asparagus field near Frankfurt on Sunday, the New York Times reports. A police car rushing to the scene then collided... More »

Report on Ethiopia Crash Will Be Bad News for Boeing: WSJ

Investigators reportedly believe anti-stall system was triggered

(Newser) - Expected within days, the preliminary report on the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 will give "the strongest indication yet" that the Boeing 737 MAX's stall-prevention system was to blame , as suspected with the earlier Lion Air crash in Indonesia. That's according to the Wall Street Journal... More »

As Boeing Makes Fixes, Harsh Words From Capitol Hill

FAA 'put fox in charge of henhouse,' senator says

(Newser) - It's not admitting faulty systems in its 737 MAX planes were the cause, but Boeing has still gone ahead with updates to the aircraft after two crashes in recent months that killed hundreds. The BBC reports the aerospace company has reconfigured anti-stalling software that investigators suspect may have jammed... More »

737 Max Pilots Have 40 Seconds to Fix Problem

Simulations find automated system quickly can't be overridden

(Newser) - Flight simulations have found that Boeing 737 Max pilots would have less than a minute to disengage an automated system and manually prevent a nosedive caused by a failed sensor—the scenario that is suspected in two recent airliner crashes . The sensor failure causes software designed to prevent a stall... More »

Instead of Remains, Ethiopia Gives Families Scorched Earth

Remains are proving exceptionally hard, if not impossible, to identify

(Newser) - Grieving family members of victims of the Ethiopian air disaster are being given sacks of earth to bury in place of the remains of their loved ones. Officials have begun delivering bags of earth to family members of the 157 victims of the crash instead of the remains of their... 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 »

Ethiopian Airlines Pilot Had 'Flight Control Problems'

Trump says modern aircraft are too complex

(Newser) - The pilot of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight reported having "flight control problems" soon before the crash, the airline's CEO says. "He was having difficulties with the flight control of the airplane, so he asked to return back to base," Tewolde GebreMariam tells CNN . The CEO... More »

Small-Plane Crash Revealed Pilot's Secrets

Antonio Pastini used different names, lied about his police background

(Newser) - A stolen police badge was just part of the mystery and lies surrounding the 75-year-old pilot killed when his plane crashed into a Southern California neighborhood last month. Antonio Pastini was never a police officer, but often rubbed elbows with cops while operating Nevada restaurants in the early 1990s, reports... More »

Safety Expert, Asked About Boeing, Gives a Telling Answer

He'd board a 737 Max 8, but he'd keep his granddaughter off it

(Newser) - Two crashes in five months have put the spotlight on the plane involved in both, the Boeing 737 Max 8. On NPR Tuesday, David Greene asked former FAA accident inspector David Soucie whether he'd get on one of these planes, and the answer was telling. "I personally would,... More »

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