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Report: EgyptAir Crash Likely Caused by Pilot's Cigarette

Terrorism was initially blamed for 2016 crash that killed 66; French investigators found otherwise

(Newser) - Smoke was detected on EgyptAir Flight 804 shortly before it plunged into the Mediterranean on May 19, 2016, killing all 66 aboard, and initial analyses pointed toward terrorism. Now, a report from French investigators points to something far less nefarious: a fire caused by a cigarette smoked by one...

They Tried to Swap Planes Midair. It Didn't Quite Work

FAA probing Sunday stunt in Arizona, which led to one plane crashing; both pilots are OK

(Newser) - Update: The Federal Aviation Administration has launched a probe into a failed stunt in the sky. Cousins Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington, daredevil Red Bull skydivers who'd hoped to swap Cessna single-seat airplanes in midair, didn't see their feat go as planned on Sunday: One of the pilots...

Challenging Search at Muddy Crash Site Yields 49K Debris Pieces

All 132 on board China Eastern Flight MU5735 died in March 21 accident; search is now ending

(Newser) - Chinese officials said Thursday that the search for wreckage in last week's crash of a China Eastern Boeing 737-800 is basically done, and that more than 49,000 pieces of debris had been found. Flight MU5735 plunged from 29,000 feet into a mountainside in southern China's Guangxi...

4 US Troops Die During NATO Exercise in Norway

Cold Response exercise unrelated to war in Ukraine, Norway's PM says

(Newser) - Four US soldiers were killed in a plane crash in a Norwegian town in the Arctic Circle during a NATO exercise unrelated to the Ukraine war, Norway's prime minister said Saturday. Jonas Gahr Stoere tweeted that they were killed in the crash on Friday night. The cause was under...

'Residual Effects' of 2019 Crash Remain for Earnhardt Daughter

Racing star's wife, Amy, says 3-year-old Isla still gets frightened at takeoff

(Newser) - When Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s private plane caught fire and ran off the runway during a crash landing in Tennessee in August 2019, reports noted that the racing legend and his family escaped with just "cuts and abrasions." But while the physical effects may have been minimal,...

Plane Crash Kills 7 in Peru
7 Die in Peru Plane Crash

7 Die in Peru Plane Crash

Group was heading to famous Nazca lines, officials say

(Newser) - Seven people from three countries died Friday in a plane crash over the famous Nazca Lines in Peru, according to Reuters . The plane carried three Dutch tourists, two Chilean tourists, a Peruvian pilot, and a Peruvian co-pilot, the Guardian reports. The Cessna 207 plane was owned by a tourism company...

Passengers in NC Plane Landing Got a Wild Ride

No injuries after Delta Air Lines flight skidded off runway in snow, rolled right into mud

(Newser) - States in the South have been hit with some extreme winter weather of late, and the snow coming down Friday evening in North Carolina led to a scary incident for one plane arriving at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Per NBC News , Delta Air Lines Flight 5501 had just safely touched down...

After Plane Crash, Cops Rescue Pilot Seconds Before Train Hit

Watch as police pull pilot from small aircraft from tracks right before train smashes into it

(Newser) - One very lucky pilot in California is alive after surviving not one, but two back-to-back crashes over the weekend. Per the LAPD's Valley Bureau , a small plane lost power and crashed onto the railroad tracks in the Pacoima neighborhood of Los Angeles on Sunday, with ABC7 noting the accident...

'I Think We're Making History,' Pilot Said. Then He Crashed

Marc Olson died Tuesday during pioneer mission to battle Colorado wildfire at night

(Newser) - A pilot who'd flown for 42 years—32 of those spent in the Army and Air Force— died Tuesday during a pioneering effort to fight a Colorado wildfire at night. Marc Thor Olson of CO Fire Aviation successfully completed a water drop over the Kruger Rock Fire in Larimer...

Night Vision Plane That Was a First Goes Down in Colorado

Air tanker fighting wildfire crashes near Estes Park, killing pilot in what was meant to be a historic flight

(Newser) - A single-engine, one-seat air tanker that was thought to be the first fixed-wing plane to fight a fire at night using night vision crashed near Estes Park, Colo., on Tuesday night, killing the pilot, reports 9News . According to a release from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, the accident was...

Plane Went Up With a Marriage Proposal, Came Crashing Down

1 dead in Montreal accident

(Newser) - A particularly wrenching detail has emerged in the story of a small plane crash on Saturday in Montreal. The Washington Post reports the plane that went down around 6pm was towing a "Will you marry me?" banner. It had taken off just 15 minutes prior. Pilot Gian Piero Ciambella,...

Plane 'Encountered' Bird, Burst Into Flames at Takeoff

Spirit Airlines passengers and crew are fine after bird strike Saturday evening

(Newser) - Everyone says the hard part is landing. Well, some people say the hard part is the time spent shoeless in the TSA line. But nobody ever says the hard part is when you’re almost off the ground when a bird strikes the planes engine, which catches fire, ends your...

She Heard About Midair Crash on the News. Then 'the Cops Came'

2 are dead after collision between plane, helicopter over Chandler, Ariz.

(Newser) - Authorities are asking for witnesses in Chandler, Ariz., after a midair crash between a plane and a helicopter Friday morning that killed two. Local police and the Federal Aviation Administration say the collision at Chandler Airpark took place between a single-engine Piper PA-28 and a Robinson R22 helicopter, both operated...

Indonesian Crash Investigators Find 'Needle in Haystack'

Dredging ship pulls up Sriwijaya Air Flight 182's memory module

(Newser) - On Jan. 9, a Boeing 737-500 crashed into the Java Sea , diving more than 10,000 feet in under a minute. It wasn't until March 30 that a potentially vital clue was found—and at the 11th hour. The New York Times reports the cockpit voice recorder's memory...

After Plane Disaster in Denver, Bad News for Boeing's 777s

Company calls for 128 planes with Pratt & Whitney engines to be grounded

(Newser) - It hasn't been a good couple of years for Boeing , but the beleaguered airplane manufacturer had just started to turn things around, getting its Boeing 737 Max back up in US skies and trying to move on from the crisis surrounding that plane model . Now, a backslide after a...

Air Force Training Jet's 375-Mile Hop Ends in Tragedy

2 pilots dead after T-38 aircraft flying from Mississippi to Florida goes down in Alabama

(Newser) - An Air Force training jet flying from Mississippi to Florida never made it to its destination. Per a statement from the 14th Flying Training Wing, a T-38 trainer aircraft that took off from Columbus Air Force Base on Friday with two people on board, headed for Tallahassee, crashed into the...

Plane Didn't Fly for 9 Months. Then, 132 Recent Flights and a Crash

Expert suggests Boeing 737 used for Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 deteriorated in storage

(Newser) - The unexplained crash of Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 in Indonesia has raised concerns for other planes around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic. Though the 26-year-old Boeing 737-500 had been cleared to fly—with a certificate of airworthiness valid until Dec. 17, 2021, per the New York Times —the...

Witness Saw Plane Emerge From Clouds, Then Fiery Crash

Michigan homebuilder, wife, and teen son die after small aircraft slams into home

(Newser) - An accident in Michigan has taken the lives of a local businessman, his wife, and their teen son after their small plane crashed into a home. Per the AP , David Compo, who recently ended his stint as the head of the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan, was piloting a...

26 Dead, One Survivor in Fiery Crash of Military Plane

Just one survivor after accident Friday night in Chuhuiv, Ukraine

(Newser) - Searchers combing the area where a Ukrainian military aircraft crashed found two more bodies Saturday, bringing the death toll to 26. The plane, a twin-turboprop Antonov AN-26 belonging to the Ukrainian air force, was carrying a crew of seven and 20 cadets from a military aviation school when it crashed...

State Lawmaker, 6 Others Die in 'Unfathomable Tragedy'

2 planes collide over Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, killing Rep. Gary Knopp

(Newser) - Seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker, died Friday when two small airplanes collided in midair near Soldotna, a small community on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Alaska State Troopers said state Rep. Gary Knopp of Kenai, believed to be in his early 60s, was the sole occupant of one plane....

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