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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 »

Plane Blows Tires, Skids Down Runway

But passengers in Newark only suffer light injuries

(Newser) - Authorities say a plane blew tires while landing at Newark Liberty International Airport, sending it skidding on the runway before coming to a halt, the AP reports. United Airlines says Flight 627 from Denver was landing at 1pm Saturday with 166 passengers when the tires blew. United spokesman Robert Einhorn... 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 »

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 »

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 »

5 Dead After Plane Plunges Into Florida Lake

FAA and NTSB are looking into the crash in Lake Okeechobee

(Newser) - Five people have died in Florida after a small twin-engine Piper aircraft plunged into the waters of Lake Okeechobee on Friday afternoon. Per the AP , records indicate the plane took off from Tampa International Airport; NBC News notes it was headed toward Pahokee when it crashed around 3:30pm. The... More »

UK Police: Body Found in Channel Is Soccer Star Sala

Pilot David Ibbotson is still missing, and the search has been called off

(Newser) - On Thursday it was announced a body had been recovered from the wreckage of the plane that had been carrying Emiliano Sala. Now, Dorset Police confirm: the body is that of the 28-year-old soccer star. The BBC details the timeline of the recovery efforts after the Jan. 21 plane crash,... More »

Before His Plane Vanished, Soccer Player's Message: I'm 'So Scared'

Officials are focusing search on possibility Emiliano Sala is on a life raft, but odds don't look good

(Newser) - For 15 hours on Tuesday, rescuers searched for any sign of a plane that was carrying Cardiff City soccer player Emiliano Sala and one other, with no luck—and now local police are saying chances of the missing fliers' survival is "slim." That's per the BBC , which... More »

The Ground Shook. Then, a Noise and a 'Yellow Ball of Fire'

2 dead after small plane crashes outside homes in Sioux Falls, SD

(Newser) - Both people who were on board a small plane that crashed and caught fire in a residential neighborhood of South Dakota's largest city died, authorities said Wednesday. The plane crashed at around 5pm Tuesday in the backyards of four homes in Sioux Falls, causing significant damage to two of... More »

After Fiance Goes Down With Plane, a Poignant Photo Shoot

Intan Syari dressed in her wedding dress

(Newser) - An Indonesian woman who was engaged to a man who died on a Lion Air flight that plunged into the sea has worn her wedding dress on the day they were to have been married. Intan Syari's fiance, medical doctor Rio Nanda Pratama, was among 189 people who were... More »

Autopsy: One of 2 Pilots on Doomed Plane Had Drugs in System

But it's still not clear which pilot was flying plane that crashed in Scottsdale in April

(Newser) - Pieces are slowly coming together regarding an April plane crash in Scottsdale in which all six aboard were killed. At the front of the six-seat Piper PA-24 Comanche, which included as its passengers several young Instagram stars, were student pilot James Pedroza and certified airline transport pilot Erik Valente, though... More »

Airline Pilot 'Sucked Halfway Out' of Cockpit Window

Sichuan Airlines flight makes emergency landing Monday morning

(Newser) - The plane reached its cruising altitude of 32,000 feet some 30 minutes into the flight, and then the trouble began, says the captain of a Sichuan Airlines flight en route from China to Tibet on Monday morning. Reuters quotes Liu Chuanjian as explaining that a booming sound was heard... More »

Captain Replaced Hubby on Deadly Southwest Flight

Shift change was to allow Tammie Jo Shults to attend son's track meet

(Newser) - Tammie Jo Shults, the heroic ex-Navy pilot who successfully landed a Southwest plane with a shattered engine, wasn't supposed to be on the flight. Shults' husband, also a pilot, had been scheduled to captain Flight 1380 on April 17 but offered to switch with Shults so she could attend... More »

'Great Tragedy' in the Sierra Nevada

Snowmobiler finds plane with bodies of couple missing more than a month

(Newser) - Authorities have discovered the wreckage of a small plane buried in snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California and the bodies of a couple missing for more than a month inside it. Sierra County sheriff's officials say a snowmobiler found a piece of the plane's tail... More »

A Peaceful Snooze on a Plane, Then an Explosion

Woman's headphones caught fire as she flew from Beijing to Melbourne in February

(Newser) - A flight from Beijing to Melbourne, Australia, turned terrifying last month when a woman's headphones exploded midflight, burning her hands, face, and hair, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The unidentified woman had dozed off a couple of hours into the Feb. 19 flight while wearing the headphones, and per... More »

'Flying Bum' Crashes —Ever So Slowly

Airlander 10, world's longest aircraft, went down after tangle with telephone pole

(Newser) - The world's longest aircraft is likely going to have a similarly lengthy repair bill after a bit of a bumpy landing on Wednesday during its second test flight in the UK, the BBC reports. The $33.1 million, 302-foot-long Airlander 10—officially named the Martha Gywn, but called "... More »

Found: Black Box for Crashed EgyptAir Plane

Egyptian investigators say cockpit voice recorder was pulled out of Mediterranean Sea

(Newser) - The cockpit voice recorder of the doomed EgyptAir plane that crashed last month, killing all 66 on board, has been found and pulled from the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt's investigation committee said Thursday, per the AP . The development raises hopes of finding clues as to the cause of the May... More »

For Fliers, 2015 Was an Unbelievably Safe Year

No fatal jetliner accidents happened globally

(Newser) - It once seemed impossible, but the airline industry has finally pulled off a long-sought-after global goal: It got through an entire year without a single jetliner fatality due to pilot snafus, plane malfunctions, and/or weather conditions, per the Wall Street Journal . Stats issued by the International Air Transport Association called... More »

We Don't Know What Happens If a Jet Engine Sucks in a Drone

Pilot drone sightings have already more than doubled last year's total

(Newser) - In July, the Department of Homeland Security said it counted more than 500 incidents of drones passing near "critical" sites such as airports since 2012. And the Federal Aviation Administration said the number of pilot sightings of unmanned aircraft as of Aug. 9 is more than double the number... More »

Planes on Collision Course Avoid Near Disaster

Chicago Midway Airport controller cries out desperate warning

(Newser) - Two commercial planes flirted with disaster tonight after beginning their takeoffs on intersecting runways at Chicago Midway International Airport, the Chicago Tribune reports. "Stop, stop, stop, stop!" an air controller can be heard shouting on a recording of the incident posted at LiveATC.net . The two pilots—one... More »

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