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Pilots Are Returning to Work, and Some Are Making Mistakes

Many have barely flown for 18 months

(Newser) - If you haven't flown for a long time because of the pandemic, you're far from alone—tens of thousands of pilots worldwide have barely flown in the last 18 months, and rusty pilots tend to make mistakes. Bloomberg reports that dozens of incidents involving out-of-practice pilots have been...

Wrong Fuel Led to Doctor's Fatal Plane Crash
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Wrong Fuel Led to Doctor's Fatal Plane Crash

Jet fuel was put in aircraft designed to run on standard aviation gas

(Newser) - Because putting jet fuel in the wrong kind of plane can have catastrophic consequences, the filler nozzles are designed not to fit into tanks that take standard aviation fuel. But that didn't prevent the basic error that led to a deadly crash in 2019, according to a National Transportation...

'Jet Pack Man' May Have Resurfaced Near LAX

Pilot reported possible sighting Wednesday

(Newser) - "Use caution, the jet man is back," an air traffic controller at Los Angeles International Airport warned pilots in a recording obtained by CNN after a possible appearance of the mysterious figure first sighted near the airport last fall. The FAA says the pilot of a cargo Boeing...

US Downgrades Mexico's Aviation Safety Rating

Move will stop Mexican airlines expanding flights to US as pandemic recedes

(Newser) - US regulators have downgraded Mexico's aviation safety rating, a move that prevents Mexican airlines from expanding flights to the United States just as travel is recovering from the pandemic. The FAA decision to lower Mexico from "Category 1" to "Category 2" puts it in a group of...

China: Cabin Crew Should Wear Diapers on Overseas Flights

Aviation authority warns that COVID risk in bathrooms could be high

(Newser) - Flight attendants on mainland Chinese airlines may soon be facing the prospect of working on long-haul flights where they're not allowed to use the bathrooms. New guidance from the Civil Aviation Administration of China suggests that cabin crew on flights to and from countries with high COVID infection rates...

Boeing 737 Max Is Cleared for Takeoff

After fixes, issue with plane's nose 'can no longer happen'

(Newser) - Following two fatal crashes and 20 months on the ground, the Boeing 737 Max has been cleared to fly in the US. The FAA said Wednesday that a review process was complete and the plane could take to the skies—but only after necessary changes are made, pilots receive simulator...

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Here's Another Something the 1% Do

1% of the population causes about half of air travel emissions, and researchers say it's time to rethink

(Newser) - With a 50% drop in passengers taking to the skies in 2020, there's no better time to overhaul an industry responsible for dangerous carbon emissions, according to researchers. "If you want to resolve climate change … then we should start at the top, where a few 'super...

Feds Plan to Block Chinese Flights to US

Move is retaliation for Beijing's refusal to allow American carriers to resume flights

(Newser) - The Trump administration says it is going to block all commercial flights to the US by Chinese airlines on June 16—or sooner, at the president's discretion. The Transportation Department says the move is a response to China's refusal to allow American carriers including Delta and United to...

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...

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...

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...

As Ethiopia Finds Black Boxes, Nations Ground 737 Max 8s

China, Indonesia among those to ground planes amid investigation into Ethiopia crash

(Newser) - China's civilian aviation authority ordered all Chinese airlines to temporarily ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes Monday after one of the aircraft crashed in Ethiopia . The Civil Aviation Administration of China said the order was issued at 9am on Monday and would last nine hours. It said the...

Pakistan to India: Here's Our 'Goodwill Gesture'

As closure of Pakistan air space snarls flights across Asia

(Newser) - Pakistan's prime minister pledged on Thursday his country would release a captured Indian jetfighter pilot the following day, a move that could help defuse the most-serious confrontation in two decades between the nuclear-armed neighbors over the disputed region of Kashmir. Prime Minister Imran Khan made the announcement in an...

Aviation Unions on Shutdown: We Can't Calculate the Risk

Reps for air traffic controllers, pilots, flight attendants say air safety system 'deteriorating'

(Newser) - Is it still safe to fly during the government shutdown? That's a question with a potentially uncomfortable answer, at least according to the unions representing more than 130,000 pilots, flight attendants, and air traffic controllers, per the New York Times . In a statement , the presidents of the three...

Military Deployed to Reopen Drone-Plagued Airport

UK transportation secretary calls disruption 'a new kind of attack'

(Newser) - After 36 hours of chaos caused by a rogue drone —or drones—flights resumed from London's Gatwick Airport early Friday, but the drone operator is still at large. Authorities at Gatwick say the runway was reopened and arrivals and departures resumed after the police and military introduced "...

Human Remains Found Where Stolen Plane Crashed

Aircraft is completely destroyed, authorities say

(Newser) - The 76-seat Horizon Air turboprop stolen by airport worker Richard Russell on Friday was completely destroyed when it crashed into an island in Puget Sound, authorities say. National Transportation Safety Board regional chief Debra Eckrote says the plane, stolen from Sea-Tac International Airport, was broken into small pieces by the...

Can North Korea's Planes Actually Get Kim to US Summit?

The 'Washington Post' takes a look at potential aviation limitations

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un on Monday finally acknowledged the planned North Korea-US summit, but there's still no word on where it will take place. At the Washington Post , David Nakamura looks at an interesting wrinkle: whether Kim has a plane that can actually get him to wherever it will be...

Report: Trump Wants Personal Pilot to Run FAA

It's not such a bad choice, insiders say

(Newser) - President Trump has described his longtime personal pilot as a "real smart guy"—so smart that insiders say the president wants to put him in charge of civil aviation. Sources tell Axios that Trump has been telling administration officials that he would like John Dunkin, who piloted his...

Air Canada Jet Almost Caused Massive SF Disaster

It lined up to land on crowded taxiway

(Newser) - Aviation experts say it could easily have been one of the deadliest air disasters of all time. An Air Canada Airbus A320 was cleared to land on a runway at San Francisco International Airport just before midnight Friday, when, to the shock of air traffic controllers and other pilots, the...

Passengers 'Asked to Pray' After Plane Has Engine Trouble

It shook like 'washing machine' for 90 minutes

(Newser) - Passengers on an AirAsia flight out of Australia say they endured 90 minutes of terror Sunday after the plane started shaking like "a washing machine" following a loud bang—and they say the pilot asked them to pray. The Kuala Lumpur-bound flight had to return to Perth after experiencing...

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