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U.S. grounds Boeing 737 MAX as black boxes flown to France for analysis

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) Ethiopian Airlines says the black box flight recorders from the Boeing 737 MAX 8 that crashed have been flown to Paris for analysis

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 13: An Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet approaches the Toronto Pearson International Airport for a landing on March 13, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. U.S. President Donald Trump announced today that all 737 MAX 8 jets would be suspended from use following the recent crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Several other countries, including Canada, China, and Australia have announced that they would also be grounding the jets. Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP  Cole Burston / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

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Mar 11, 2019 - 8:32 PM

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Fatal air crashes and deaths up in 2018 – watchdog

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:08 PM

Aviation Safety Network records more than 500 people killed in 15 plane crashes in 2018

MARCH 12 AIRPLANE CRASH. Nepali rescue workers gather around the debris of an airplane that crashed near the international airport in Kathmandu on March 12, 2018. File photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Pakistan national airline fires pilots with fake school degrees

Dec 31, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Pakistan International Airlines fires 50 staffers in total after a slew of mishaps in recent years

Indonesia's Lion Air must improve safety culture – crash report

Nov 28, 2018 - 8:26 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Investigators say that Lion Air kept putting the plane back into service despite repeatedly failing to fix a problem with the airspeed indicator in the days leading up to the fatal flight

IDENTIFICATION. In this file photo, Indonesian police and SAR personnel identify personal items of passengers of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 at the Jakarta port on October 30, 2018. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia wraps up Lion Air plane crash victim identification

Nov 23, 2018 - 2:58 PM

The identification is being called off because all the recovered remains have been tested

DEBRIS. This file photo shows a boat sailing in the background as debris from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 floats at sea in the waters north of Karawang, West Java province, on October 29, 2018. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Boeing issues advice over sensors after Lion Air plane crash

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:17 AM

The plane maker says local aviation officials believe pilots might have been given wrong information by the plane's automated systems before the fatal crash

This handout photo taken by Pertamina Hulu Energy and released on October 29, 2018 via the Twitter account of Sutopo Purwo Nugroho from Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency shows personnel looking at items believed to be from the wreckage of the Lion Air flight JT 610, recovered off the coast of Indonesia's Java island after the Boeing crashed into the sea. Photo handout from Pertamina Hulu Energy via National Disaster Mitigation Agency/AFP

Search teams recover chairs, wheels from Lion Air plane crash site

Nov 02, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Divers are searching an area about 25-35 meters deep, but have been finding fewer body parts than earlier in the week

'Black box' recovered from crashed Lion Air plane

Nov 01, 2018 - 1:22 PM

The devices record information about the speed, altitude and direction of the plane as well as flight crew conversations and could hold vital clues to the cause of the deadly accident

BLACK BOX. This picture from Indonesia media agency 'detikcom' shows officials displaying part of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610's black box, an FDR (flight data recorder), after it was recovered from the Java Sea, during search operations in the waters off Karawang on November 1, 2018. Photo by Pradita Utama/Detikcom/AFP

Indonesia military chief 'strongly believes' crashed Lion Air plane found

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Using sonar technology, Hadi Tjahjanto says authorities are confident they have pinpointed the location of the Boeing 737-MAX plane that plunged into the sea on October 29

INSPECTION. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L), Indonesia's Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi (C), and National Search and Rescue head Muhammad Syaugi (R) inspect recovered debris from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 while touring the operations center at a port in northern Jakarta on October 30, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Crashed Lion Air plane: What we know

Oct 30, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Here is what we know so far about the Lion Air crash and the investigation

IDENTIFICATION. Indonesian police and SAR personnel identify personal items of passengers of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 at the Jakarta port on October 30, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

More body parts found from crashed Lion Air plane

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:38 AM

(UPDATED) The accident has resurrected concerns about the patchy safety record of Indonesia's aviation industry

DEBRIS. A boat sails in the background as debris from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 floats at sea in the waters north of Karawang, West Java province, on October 29, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesian Lion Air plane crashes into sea with 189 passengers, crew

Oct 29, 2018 - 12:16 PM

(5th UPDATE) Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho tweets pictures of debris, including what appeared to be an emergency slide and various parts of a smashed mobile phone

This handout photo taken by Pertamina Hulu Energy and released on October 29, 2018 via the Twitter account of Sutopo Purwo Nugroho from Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency shows personnel looking at items believed to be from the wreckage of the Lion Air flight JT 610, recovered off the coast of Indonesia's Java island after the Boeing crashed into the sea. Handout photo by Pertamina Hulu Energy/AFP

'Suicidal' mechanic steals, crashes empty plane from Seattle airport

Aug 11, 2018 - 2:14 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'This is not a terrorist incident,' says the Pierce County Sheriff's office

CRASH. An airline employee "conducted an unauthorized takeoff" of an airplane without passengers at the Seattle-Tacoma airport in the northwestern US state of Washington late Friday, August 10, 2018, airport officials said. File photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

LOOK: Cebu Pacific's new in-flight, pre-order meal selection

Jul 30, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The offerings include Filipino cuisine classics as well as more modern dishes

Cuba in mourning after deadliest air crash in nearly 30 years

May 19, 2018 - 2:24 PM

(UPDATED) Among the dead were 99 Cubans, 6 Mexican crewmembers, and 5 foreign tourists: two from Western Sahara, a Mexican tourist and an Argentine couple

MOURNING. Relatives of a crew member of a jetliner that crashed in Cuba arrive at Mexican-based airline Global Air's office in Mexico City on May 18, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

2 pilots killed in Turkey military training jet crash

Feb 16, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The plane's debris and the bodies of the pilots are found by search and rescue teams 3 kilometers (less than two miles) from the base

Investigators search snow for clues to deadly Russian plane crash

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) Russia's Investigative Committee says it will consider explanations including human error, technical failure and weather conditions

HUDDLE. A picture taken in the Ramensky district on the outskirts of Moscow on February 11, 2018 shows an aerial view of Russian emergency vehicles arriving near to the site of air crash. Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP

A first timer's experience traveling business class

Jan 18, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Flying business class with Singapore Airlines is definitely a must for those who prefer a posh retreat

Passengers cry as AirAsia flight plunges 22,000 feet mid-air

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Passengers say they started saying goodbye to loved ones thinking they would die, as plane heading to Bali turned back to Perth

No laptop ban as U.S. says all airlines have raised security

Jul 21, 2017 - 3:11 PM

The more intense inspections of carry on electronics are expected to make airport boarding procedures longer than before

GREENLIT. Laptops remain allowed on flights as US authorities beef up on-ground security checks

Cebu Pacific to buy 7 Airbus jets for $812 million

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:03 PM

Cebu Pacific best known for its budget flights says the new planes will start arriving next March

Chinese military jets intercept U.S. aircraft – officials

May 19, 2017 - 10:36 PM

The US aircraft a WC 135 Constant Phoenix is conducting a routine mission in international airspace on May 17 when it was intercepted by two Chinese Sukhoi SU 30 fighter aircraft the Air Force says in a statement

US AND CHINA IN THE AIR. A WC-135 aircraft. Photo from Wikipedia.

Passengers flee to safety as Peru plane catches fire

Mar 29, 2017 - 11:09 PM

The head of the transport ministry s civil aviation authority Juan Carlos Pavic says the fire broke out when the plane s right wing touched the ground on landing

Iran signs deal to buy 80 Boeing planes

Dec 11, 2016 - 11:35 PM

Boeing says the deal worth 16 6 billion will support tens of thousands of US jobs directly associated with production and delivery of the aircraft

Farhad Parvaresh (L), Chairman and Managing Director of Iran Air, and Fletcher Barkdull (R), Boeing regional director, sign an agreement in the presence of Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi (C), Minister of Roads and Urban Development, in the capital Tehran on December 11, 2016. Iran Air finalised a contract to buy 80 planes from US firm Boeing, the official IRNA news agency, in the first deal of its kind since the 1979 Islamic revolution.  / AFP PHOTO / STR

Pakistan plane issued Mayday call before deadly crash

Dec 08, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The pilot of the ATR 42 turboprop aircraft contacts ground authorities after one engine failed issuing a Mayday call at 4:14 pm 1114 GMT Azam Saigol the airline s chairman tells a news conference in Islamabad

CRASH. Pakistani investigators scan the wreckage of the crashed PIA passenger plane Flight PK661 at the crash site near the village of Saddha Batolni, in the Abbottabad district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on December 8, 2016. Photo by Aamir Qureshi / AFP

Swiss unveil stratospheric solar plane

Dec 08, 2016 - 12:08 AM

The SolarStratos a sleek white two seater aircraft with long wings covered with 22 square meters 237 square feet of solar panels will attempt to become the first manned solar plane to make a stratospheric flight

SOLARSTRATOS. A picture taken on December 7, 2016 in Payerne shows SolarStratos stratospheric powered aircraft after its roll-out. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

Boeing, Airbus trade barbs as China competition heats up

Nov 02, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The two aerospace giants also face competition from homegrown firms backed by Beijing authorities which aim to eventually beat them

The front fuselage of an aircraft is seen at the Airbus Tianjin plant in Tianjin on March 1, 2016. Air China, which is China's third largest carier by passengers carried, on February 29 said it had ordered twelve Airbus A330-300 long-haul wide-bodied jets for 2.9 billion USD. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

Why do we fly?

Oct 28, 2016 - 2:22 PM

Every time you fly you are not just traveling from one point to another You are reliving one of mankind’s greatest feats: the ability to take dreams to the skies

CebGo propeller plane's wheel catches fire in Cebu airport

Sep 26, 2016 - 9:06 PM

The wheel of the Cebu Pacific aircraft caught fire All 67 passengers are evacuated safely

China to be first trillion-dollar air market – Boeing

Sep 13, 2016 - 8:15 PM

US aircraft manufacturer Boeing says China is expected to add more than 6 800 new aircraft to its commercial fleet by 2035 as passenger traffic is on the rise

People wave Chinese flags as an ARJ21-700, China's first domestically produced regional jet, arrives at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport after making its first flight from Chengdu to Shanghai on June 28, 2016. The ARJ21 -- which stands for Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st century -- is a culmination of a programme that has so far taken 14 years. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Aly SONG

Farnborough reels as Airbus slashes superjumbo output

Jul 14, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Airbus will halve production of its enormous A380 to one a month beginning 2018 due to weak demand

epa04316926 The Airbus A380 at the Farnborough AIrshow in Farnborough, Hampshire, south east England, 15 July 2014. Airbus state that the company?s widebody product line ? including the next-generation A350 XWB jetliner, is making its Farnborough Airshow debut, and the double-deck A380 ? along with two aircraft from Airbus? best-selling single-aisle A320 Family will beon display at the show wichruns from 14 - 20 July 2014. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Airbus and Boeing face off at rain-soaked Farnborough

Jul 12, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Airbus reveals a 4 4 billion firm order from Virgin Atlantic while Boeing announces that China s Donghai Airlines plans to buy jets worth over 4 0 billion

epaselect epa05420940 Plane enthusiasts watch an Airbus A-380 during a flight demonstration at the Farnborough International Airshow, in Farnborough, Britain, 11 July 2016. The Farnborough International Air Show runs from 11 to17 July 2016. EPA/HANNAH MCKAY

Boeing nears landmark deal to sell planes to Iran Air

Jun 21, 2016 - 9:00 PM

3rd UPDATE The agreement which could be worth as much as 25 billion is subject to the approval of the United States government

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 15, 2013 shows an Iran Air Boeing 747 passenger plane sitting on the tarmac of the domestic Mehrabad airport in the Iranian capital Tehran. Iran and US aerospace giant Boeing have reached an agreement for the purchase of 100 aircraft to renew the country's ageing fleet, the head of Tehran's civil aviation authority announced on June 19, 2016. The Islamic republic has ordered about 200 planes from three Western manufacturers since mid-January when economic sanctions were lifted following a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme. / AFP PHOTO / BEHROUZ MEHRI

Iran reaches deal to purchase 100 Boeing planes

Jun 19, 2016 - 7:55 PM

The deal still has to be approved by the US Treasury according to the head of Iran s civil aviation authority

epa05363314 A man walks under a Boeing 777 plane at Taoyuan airport, in Taoyuan, Taiwan, 14 June 2016. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Swiss fighter crashes in Netherlands ahead of air show

Jun 10, 2016 - 12:03 AM

The pilot from the aerobatics team of the Swiss air force ejects to safety

Etihad: 31 passengers injured in Indonesia turbulence

May 04, 2016 - 11:37 PM

Etihad: Twenty two are being treated by paramedics for minor injuries at the airport Nine other passengers have been taken to a local hospital

Indonesian planes' wings collide at airport in latest accident

May 03, 2016 - 7:39 PM

It is the latest scare in the country s beleaguered aviation sector

TIDAK AMAN. Maskapai Lion Air termasuk 10 maskapai paling tidak aman di dunia versi Foto oleh Bagus Indahono/EPA

Indonesia's Garuda signs $4B-deal for new generation Airbus planes

Apr 20, 2016 - 10:38 AM

Garuda signs a firm purchase order for 14 of Airbus new generation wide bodied A330 900neo airliner

FLAG CARRIER. A technician cleaning a Garuda Boeing 747-400 plane at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang. File photo by AFP

'I'm going to die': Panicked passenger recalls Indonesia plane collision

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:21 PM

A Batik Air plane with 49 passengers and 7 crew on board clips a TransNusa aircraft being towed across the runway

DAMAGED AIRCRAFT. The Trans Nusa plane's damage includes a broken tail. Foto istimewa

Airbus 2015 net profits soar to $3B

Feb 24, 2016 - 5:30 PM

UPDATED The plane manufacturer also expects record breaking order levels in 2016

epa05167352 Ground crew stand next to the fuselage and livery of an Airbus A350 XWB commercial jet during the Singapore Airshow, in Singapore, 18 February 2016. The fifth edition of the biennial Singapore Airshow will run from 16-21 February 2016 at the Changi Exhibition Centre. EPA/WALLACE WOON

Asian airlines more cautious with orders – Boeing

Feb 15, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Orders for new planes are affected as carriers profits go down and economic woes hound countries

epa05127352 (FILE) A file photo dated 19 February 2008 showing Boeing staff walking past a Boeing model plane on display at the Singapore Airshow in Singapore. Boeing is to release their annual results 27 January 2016. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

Ople hits MIAA: Why hassle OFWs over terminal fee refund system?

Jan 13, 2016 - 4:44 PM

UPDATED There is a continuing injustice going on when OFWs are forced to line up to refund the P550 that they are not even supposed to pay under our law

CONTINUING INJUSTICE. Advocate for OFWs Toots Ople blasts the MIAA for the collection of terminal fees from OFWs, calling it a 'continuing injustice' for migrant workers.

Cebu Pacific bans hoverboards due to safety concerns

Dec 21, 2015 - 2:33 PM

All battery operated personal transportation devices will not be accepted for check in or hand carry starting December 21

BANNED. Cebu Pacific also advises passengers that hoverboards will not be stored for safekeeping in the airport and ticket offices.

2 Air France flights from US to Paris diverted by 'bomb scare'

Nov 18, 2015 - 12:44 PM

Both aircraft – flight 65 out of Los Angeles and flight 55 out of Virginia – have landed safely

Britain: 'High probability' ISIS bomb downed Russian jet

Nov 10, 2015 - 8:18 AM

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond says the definitive cause of the crash would be determined by Egyptian Russian investigation of the wreckage

DEBRIS. A handout picture provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry press service on 02 November 2015 shows a piece of wreckage of Russian MetroJet Airbus A321 at the site of the crash in Sinai, Egypt, 01 November 2015. Maxim Grigoriev/Russian Emergency Ministry/Handout/EPA

Jessy Mendiola on moving on after airplane incident, forgiving detractors

Nov 08, 2015 - 2:01 PM

Jessy thanks friends family and fans for their support

JESSY MENDIOLA. The actress says she's slowly trying move on from the airplane incident last September that involved Enrique Gil. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/

US, UK say bomb may have downed Russian jet in Egypt

Nov 05, 2015 - 9:49 AM

UPDATED Britain and Ireland suspends flights to and from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh where the plane took off

DEBRIS. A handout picture provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry press service on 02 November 2015 shows a piece of wreckage of Russian MetroJet Airbus A321 at the site of the crash in Sinai, Egypt, 01 November 2015. Maxim Grigoriev/Russian Emergency Ministry/Handout/EPA

ISIS claims deadly Sinai bombing as experts probe Russian crash

Nov 04, 2015 - 11:28 PM

The Islamic State claims responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack on a police social club in El Arish

WAITING FOR THE BODIES. Members of the Egyptian security services stand guard as they await the bodies of the victims of the Russian passenger flight crash at Zeinhom morgue in Cairo, Egypt, October 31. Photo by Mohammed Hossam/EPA

At least 36 dead in S. Sudan air crash – Red Cross

Nov 04, 2015 - 8:15 PM

2nd UPDATE The Russian built Antonov An 12 cargo plan smashes into a farming community on an island in the White Nile river Rescue workers continue search for more bodies

CRASH SITE. People gather at the site where a cargo plane crashed into a small farming community on a small island in the White Nile river, close to Juba airport in the Hai Gabat residential area on November 4. Photo by Charles Lomodong/AFP