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First-Time Student to Traffic Control: My Teacher's Out Cold

Max Sylvester tries to land a Cessna two-seater in Australia

(Newser) - A flying lesson took a chilling turn Saturday when the flight instructor passed out on his student pilot in mid-air, ABC News Australia reports. "He's leaning over my shoulder, I'm trying to keep him up but he keeps falling down," Max Sylvester told traffic control at... 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 »

Politician Tweets Praise for Pilot's Feat ... in 'GTA 5'

'GTA 5' does have pretty realistic graphics—enough to fool this Pakistani politician

(Newser) - "Narrow escape of an aircraft which could have ended in a great disaster. Miraculous save by the pilot's presence of mind." Any pilot would be pleased to receive such kudos from a high-up politician. But Vice reports there was one problem when Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, secretary-general of... More »

NYC Helicopter Pilot 'Shouldn't Have Flown'

FAA says he wasn't rated to fly in poor visibility

(Newser) - Tim McCormack, the helicopter pilot who died in a crash-landing atop a Manhattan high-rise Monday, shouldn't have been in the air at all in that afternoon's cloudy weather conditions, the Federal Aviation Administration says. An FAA spokeswoman says the 58-year-old was not "instrument rated," meaning he... More »

Alleged Killer: I Wanted Victim to Live, Despite Affair With Wife

Christian R. Martin said Calvin Phillips would've defended him in court

(Newser) - One of the three people Christian R. Martin is accused of killing in 2015 had been set to testify in a court-martial stemming from allegations of physical and sexual abuse and the mishandling of classified information, levied by Martin's ex-wife, Joan Harmon. Martin, an Army major turned pilot, would... More »

Pilot Arrested at Airport in Triple Homicide

Christian R. Martin nabbed in Louisville, accused of killing 3 people in 2015

(Newser) - A pilot for an American Airlines subsidiary was arrested Saturday in the 2015 shooting deaths of three people in Kentucky. Christian R. Martin was arrested at the Louisville airport, a day after he was indicted by a Christian County grand jury in the November 2015 deaths of Calvin and Pamela... More »

They Say Their Layover at the Beach Turned Into a Nightmare

Jane Does 1 and 2 are suing JetBlue, 2 pilots after allegedly being drugged, raped

(Newser) - The women sipped from a can of beer, and the "rest of the night became a blur." So reads a lawsuit filed Monday by two JetBlue flight attendants, who claim they were drugged and one of them sexually assaulted—by JetBlue pilots. The suit describes Jane Doe 1... More »

Pakistan Keeps Promise, Lets Indian Fighter Pilot Go

Abhinandan Varthaman upon returning to India: 'It is good to be back'

(Newser) - Imran Khan has kept his promise. On Thursday, Pakistan's prime minister vowed to release Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who'd been captured after his MiG-21 jet was shot down Wednesday by a Pakistani fighter over the disputed Kashmir territory. And on Friday, Khan made good, with video showing the... More »

Minutes Before Takeoff From London to Philly, Pilot Arrested

The 62-year-old appeared intoxicated right before the late-morning flight

(Newser) - If you were booked on Flight AA35 out of the UK's Manchester Airport on Thursday morning, you may have been annoyed at your last-minute rebooking. Reading the news Friday, however, should ease your mind that the right call was made. USA Today reports that the American Airlines flight to... More »

Pilot Glides Right Past Destination While Napping: Officials

Aussie authorities say plane missed its mark by 30 miles or so before pilot woke up, turned around

(Newser) - The plane's destination: King Island, Tasmania. Where the pilot ended up: not King Island, Tasmania—at least not at first—after officials say the pilot took a snooze and overshot the planned landing by 30 miles or so. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is citing the pilot's "... More »

Pilot in Hot Water After Giving Airport-Goers an Eyeful

Andrew Collins stood in front of his hotel room window in the buff

(Newser) - Capt. Andrew Collins doesn't deny he stood in his birthday suit in front of his hotel window at Denver International Airport in September. He just didn't think anyone could see him, he now tells the Denver Post . But the 54-year-old United Airlines pilot was definitely visible to a... More »

Insult Reportedly Frazzled Pilot Before Fatal Crash

Inquiry suggests he suffered a breakdown, distracted the pilot at the controls in Nepal

(Newser) - A former Bangladesh air force pilot was in the midst of an emotional breakdown when an airliner crashed in Nepal's capital in March, killing 51 people, according to a leaked copy of the draft investigation report. It says US-Bangla Airlines Captain Abid Sultan appeared to "suffer an emotional... More »

Pilot Who Crashed Into Own House Was 'Golden'

'We thoroughly trusted' company pilot Duane Youd 'beyond measure,' says firm's president

(Newser) - A man who died when he flew a plane into his own house after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife had full access to his employer's plane because he had earned the firm's trust, the president of Utah engineering company VanCon Inc. said Tuesday. Duane Youd,... More »

Pilot's Mistake Triggers 'Nightmare' for Passengers

JetBlue flight's hijack alarm traced to incorrect code

(Newser) - Some 150 passengers waiting to take off from New York's JFK Airport got quite the scare Tuesday when a pilot accidentally triggered a hijacking alarm. "Woah. My worst nightmare," passenger Alexa Curtis tweeted alongside photos of authorities surrounding and searching JetBlue Flight 1623 ahead of departure to... More »

Pilots on Deadly Southwest Flight: We Used Hand Signals

ABC News offers snippet of Friday '20/20' interview with Tammie Jo Shults, Darren Ellisor

(Newser) - It's been nearly a month since a frightening Southwest flight that ended in the death of one passenger, and now the pilot with "nerves of steel" and her co-pilot are finally offering their takes. In a short clip promoting a longer 20/20 interview set to air Friday, pilot... More »

How Hurricane Irma Brought a Canadian Family Some Closure

Artifacts of Canadian navy pilot who vanished 60 years ago turned up on Florida shore

(Newser) - When Dick Troy got the news last September, "I almost buckled my knees," he tells the CBC , noting the "eerie feeling" that overtook him. What he was told over the phone by a US reporter: that wreckage from a plane and a parachute harness with the words... More »

Passengers: Southwest Pilot Had 'Nerves of Steel'

Tammie Jo Shults praised as a hero

(Newser) - A woman was fatally injured when an engine blew on a Southwest Airlines flight with 149 people on board Tuesday—but survivors say it could have been a much greater tragedy if not for pilot Tammie Jo Shults. The 56-year-old, who was one of the first female fighter pilots in... More »

Alaska Airlines Pilot Says She Was Raped by Captain

He remains at work, Betty Pina alleges in lawsuit against airline

(Newser) - Last June, an Alaska Airlines pilot reported that her captain drugged and raped her during a layover in Minneapolis. Nine months later, he's still in the job, according to her lawsuit against the airline. It describes how Betty Pina, 39, and Paul Engelien, 50, arrived in the concierge room... More »

Report: Passenger Bag Maybe Played Role in Copter Crash

Pilot told investigators it may have hit the fuel shutoff switch

(Newser) - It will take some time before investigators can say for sure what caused a helicopter to crash into the East River Sunday evening, but CNN reports on one possible explanation. The pilot told investigators that a passenger's bag may have hit the emergency fuel shutoff button, according to a... More »

2 Pilots Fired for Bizarre Fight in Cockpit

Male pilot allegedly slapped female co-pilot

(Newser) - An Indian airline says it has fired two pilots who reportedly fought in the cockpit, with the man allegedly slapping the woman during the New Year's Day flight from London to Mumbai. Jet Airways said in a statement that it "has terminated services of both the cockpit crew... More »

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