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Plane Carrying 38 Disappears on Way to Antarctica

Chile lost contact with military aircraft

(Newser) - Chile's air force said it lost radio contact with a transport plane carrying 38 people on a flight Monday evening to one of the country's bases in Antarctica. It said the military had declared an alert and activated search and rescue teams. The C-130 Hercules carried 17 crew... More »

It's Supposed to Fly in Nuclear War. A Bird Took It Down

'Hulking' E-6B Mercury aircraft temporarily grounded after bird gets sucked into engine

(Newser) - A military "doomsday" aircraft that's supposed to serve as a command post during nuclear war got brought down by something much simpler than a nuke earlier this month: a bird. Per the Navy Times , an E-6B Mercury was trying to land at Maryland's Naval Air Station Patuxent... More »

At Least 7 Confirmed Dead After Crash of WWII Bomber

It was one of Connecticut's worst air disasters

(Newser) - Seven people have been confirmed dead in the crash of a World War II-era bomber in Connecticut Wednesday morning, making it one of the worst air disasters in the state's history. State public safety commissioner James Rovella says six of the 13 people on the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress... More »

American Airlines Mechanic Accused of Sabotaging Plane

Feds say he did it to get more overtime

(Newser) - An American Airlines mechanic is accused of sabotaging a flight over stalled union contract negotiations. According to a criminal complaint affidavit filed in federal court, Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani admitted during an interview Thursday that he tampered with a navigation system on the plane so that he could collect overtime... More »

Fighter Jet Display Team Flies Over Wrong Festival

The yodellers were surprised but pleased

(Newser) - Visitors to a yodelling festival in Switzerland were treated to an unexpected fly-by from the country's fighter jet display team—who were flying over the wrong town. The Patrouille Suisse, the equivalent of the US Navy's Blue Angels, were supposed to be flying over a town four miles... More »

Somehow, This Plane Landed Safely

Passenger jet in Myanmar comes down with no front wheels

(Newser) - With a less capable pilot, Flight UB103 could have been a disaster. Instead, all 89 passengers and crew escaped without injury Sunday after the Myanmar National Airlines pilot managed to land the aircraft despite a front landing gear malfunction, ABC reports. The airline says that after the front landing gear... More »

Report: Trump Bad-Mouthed 737 Before Grounding Decision

He told officials Boeing model 'sucked'

(Newser) - The US became the last major county to ground the Boeing 737 Max on Wednesday—shortly before the aircraft's maker grounded the entire global fleet. Boeing says it "continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max," but it will ground all 371 of... More »

Airbus Gives Up on World's Biggest Passenger Jet

A380 production will end in 2021

(Newser) - European plane manufacturer Airbus said Thursday it will stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 for lack of customers, abandoning the world's biggest passenger jet and one of the aviation industry's most ambitious and most troubled endeavors. Barely a decade after the 500-plus-seat plane started carrying passengers, Airbus... More »

Pilots Say Boeing Failed to Disclose New Jet Feature

Faulty sensor may have contributed to Lion Air crash

(Newser) - Boeing didn't tell airline pilots about features of a new flight-control system in its 737 MAX that reportedly is a focus of the investigation into last month's deadly crash in Indonesia , according to pilots who fly the jet in the US. Pilots say they were not trained in... More »

Pilots Spot UFOs Over Ireland: 'It Was Moving So Fast'

Irish Aviation Authority investigating bright lights seen Friday

(Newser) - The Irish Aviation Authority is investigating after multiple pilots spotted UFOs traveling faster than the speed of sound over Ireland on Friday. Shortly before 7am local time, a British Airways pilot contacted air traffic controllers at Shannon Airport on Ireland's west coast to ask about possible military exercises, per... More »

10 Injured After Passenger Falsely Claims to Have Bomb

Passengers ended up standing on the wing

(Newser) - Police say 10 passengers on an Indonesian flight preparing to take off from Borneo were injured, mostly with broken bones and head wounds, after a man falsely said there was a bomb on board. Police spokesman Nanang Purnomo says other passengers overheard the 26-year-old man, Frantinus Nirigi, telling a flight... More »

Airline Cancels 220 Flights After Running Low on De-Icer

Southwest axed all flights from Chicago airport

(Newser) - Thousands of travelers booked on Southwest Airlines flights out of Chicago's Midway Airport had to change their plans after the airline found out that it didn't have enough de-icing fluid—for the second time this winter. An airline spokesperson said Southwest had "actively worked to manage" its... More »

North Korea Reportedly Moving Aircraft to Coast

Analysts doubt US planes are in danger

(Newser) - The promised countermeasures to President Trump's supposed "declaration of war" on North Korea may already be in the works. A South Korean lawmaker briefed by the country's spy agency says North Korea is moving aircraft to its east coast in an effort to bolster its defenses, per... More »

Hijacked Plane Brought Home After 40 Years

Leftists took German plane to Somalia 40 years ago

(Newser) - A Lufthansa passenger jet that was hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of a far-left militant group's campaign against West German authorities has returned home. The DPA news agency reported Saturday that most parts of the Boeing 737 arrived Saturday in the city of Friedrichshafen, where... More »

Plane Lands With Gaping Hole in Engine

Passengers heard loud noise, smelled burning

(Newser) - Passengers and crew on a China Eastern Airlines flight out of Sydney survived to fly another day after what pilots told air traffic controllers was an "uncontained failure" of an engine. The Shanghai-bound flight returned to Sydney Sunday evening after the problem left a gaping hole in an engine... More »

First Large Chinese-Built Airliner Makes Maiden Flight

China touts C919 as Airbus, Boeing rival

(Newser) - The first large Chinese-made passenger jetliner completed its maiden test flight on Friday, a milestone in China's long-term goal to break into the Western-dominated aircraft market. The takeoff of the C919 brought cheers and applause from hundreds of invited guests at Shanghai Pudong International Airport and was broadcast live... 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 »

Russia Wants This 'Cool' New Jet to Dominate the Sky

MC-21 to rival Boeing, Airbus models

(Newser) - Who needs Western planes? Not Russia, apparently. The country has just unveiled the MC-21, the first Russian "medium-range passenger aircraft developed this century," reports RT . Revealed in what the Guardian calls a glitzy ceremony in Irkutsk, the twin-engine jet is meant to rival Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The... More »

Airport Wants to Know Who Left 3 747s Behind

Owner has 2 weeks left to pick them up

(Newser) - If you've counted your planes recently and found yourself three Boeing 747s down, you may be just the person that authorities at Kuala Lumpur International Airport want to speak to. The jets have been parked at the Malaysian airport for more than a year, and the airport operator, which... More »

This Is China's Answer to Boeing

State-owned firm rolls out C919

(Newser) - A state-owned manufacturer has unveiled the first plane produced by a Chinese initiative to compete in the market for large passenger jetliners. China is one of the biggest aviation markets but relies on Boeing and Airbus aircraft, and the multibillion-dollar effort to create the homegrown C919 jetliner is aimed at... More »

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