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3 dead, scores hurt, in Turkey plane accident

Feb 06, 2020 - 10:34 AM

The plane skids off the runway at an Istanbul airport, catches fire, and splits into 3

SPLIT. Rescuers work to extract passengers from the crash of a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 airplane, after it skidded off the runway upon landing at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul on February 5, 2020. Photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Plane skids off runway in Istanbul, breaks into 2

Feb 06, 2020 - 12:00 AM

It is not known how many people have been injured, but officials say no one died

Plane crashes in eastern Afghanistan – officials

Jan 27, 2020 - 7:18 PM

It is not immediately clear how many people were on board, or if the crashed plane was a passenger or military jet

3 U.S. firefighters die in Australia water bomber crash

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:17 PM

The 3 people killed in the Canada-owned C-130 Hercules aircraft were among the crews of specialist firefighters sent by several countries to help battle Australia's devastating bushfires

CRASH. This file photo taken on January 10, 2020 shows a C-130 Hercules plane from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service dropping fire retardent to protect a property during an operation to douse bushfires in Penrose, in Australia's New South Wales state. Photo by Saeed Khan/ AFP

Waterbombing plane missing as Australia bushfires flare

Jan 23, 2020 - 12:49 PM

(UPDATED) The incident brings the death toll in Australia's bushfires to at least 32 since the crisis began in September

AUSTRALIA FIRE. A helicopter dumps water on a bushfire in the outer suburbs of Melbourne on December 30, 2019. Photo by
William West / AFP

Bodies of Ukrainian victims of downed plane repatriated from Iran

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:37 PM

The caskets are to remain for a while at the airport terminal so that relatives and members of the airline could say their last goodbyes

A man reacts in front of a memorial for the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 crash in the Iranian capital Tehran, at the Boryspil airport outside Kiev on January 8, 2020. - A Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran Wednesday killing all 176 people on board, in a disaster striking a region rattled by heightened military tensions. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)

New footage shows Iranian missiles hitting Ukraine plane

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:34 PM

The blurry film, shot from a rooftop in a village 4 miles from an Iranian military site, shows the Kiev-bound plane on fire and circling back to Tehran's airport. Minutes later, the aircraft explodes and crashes.

SHOT DOWN. People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

Iran warns UK ambassador against 'interference'

Jan 14, 2020 - 4:16 AM

This comes hours after UK's foreign office had summoned Iran's ambassador in London to lodge its 'strong objections' to the arrest of Britain's ambassador Rob Macaire

(FILES) UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire is briefly arrested in Tehran on January 11, 2020. Photo courtesy of gov.uk

Ukraine, Canada demand accountability after Iran plane admission

Jan 11, 2020 - 2:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'This is a national tragedy, and all Canadians are mourning together,' Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in a statement

CRASH. People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/AFP

Ottawa lowers Canadian death toll in Iran air crash to 57

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:31 AM

'This is based on additional information we had about birth dates and comparing the travel documents that people were travelling on when they boarded the flight,' Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says

WRECKAGE. People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

U.S. gives Ukraine 'important' data on Iran plane crash

Jan 10, 2020 - 11:33 PM

'Our goal is to establish the undeniable truth,' says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 'The value of human life is above all political motives.'

'IMPORTANT DATA.' People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. File photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

Iran denies missile downed Ukrainian plane

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The declaration comes as Tehran faces mounting international pressure to allow a 'credible' investigation into the crash

IRAN DENIAL. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 10, 2020 shows Iran's civil aviation chief Ali Abedzadeh delivering a press statement in Tehran. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRAN PRESS

Ukraine in national mourning after deadly airliner crash

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:04 PM

'Ukraine's priority is to establish the causes of the catastrophe. We are undoubtedly going to get to the truth,' says Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky

NATIONAL MOURNING DAY. A man reacts in front of a memorial for the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 crash in the Iranian capital Tehran, at the Boryspil airport outside Kiev on January 8, 2020. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Kazakhstan observes day of mourning after fatal jet crash

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Kazakh authorities have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the disaster, and the plane's black boxes have been sent to Moscow for examination

CRASH SITE. A view of the site of a passenger plane crash outside Almaty on December 27, 2019. Photo by Ruslan Pryanikov/AFP

12 killed, dozens injured as plane crashes in Kazakhstan

Dec 27, 2019 - 1:12 PM

Kazakhstan responds to the crash by grounding the model, which makes up the whole of the Bek Air fleet, and launching an investigation

PLANE CRASH. This handout picture taken on December 27, 2019 and released by Kazakhstan's emergencies committee shows rescuers working at the site of a passenger plane crash outside Almaty. Photo by Kazakhstan's emergencies committee/AFP

Iran military plane crashes near dormant volcano

Dec 25, 2019 - 6:46 PM

State news agency IRNA says the jet went down near Mount Sabalan, in the Lesser Caucasus range

Chile starts identifying remains of plane crash victims

Dec 14, 2019 - 8:49 AM

The remains are turned over to the local coroner's office for identification

FLOWN HOME. Military personnel stand by an Air Force plane as they wait to unload human remains found during the search for the C-130 Hercules transport plane which crashed in the sea on its way to Antarctica late Monday with 38 people on board, at an air base in Punta Arenas, southern Chile, on December 13, 2019. Photo by Pablo Cozzaglio/AFP

Chile says no hope of survivors from missing plane

Dec 13, 2019 - 1:07 PM

'The condition of the plane wreckage that was found makes it practically impossible that there are survivors from this air accident,' says Chile's Air Force chief

Pilots get off a F-16 plane after combing waters off the southern tip of South America searching for the Chilean Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo plane that went missing with 38 people aboard, at Chabunco army base in Punta Arenas, Chile, on December 12, 2019. Chile confirmed Thursday that human remains and debris found by search ships are from a military plane reported missing with 38 people aboard, and the chances of finding survivors is "practically impossible." PABLO COZZAGLIO / AFP

First commercial electric plane takes flight in Canada

Dec 11, 2019 - 8:35 PM

'This proves that commercial aviation in all-electric form can work,' says Roei Ganzarski, chief executive of Seattle-based engineering firm magniX

FLYING HIGH. Magnix CEO Roei Ganzarski addresses media questions after The Harbour Air de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver plane test flight on December 10, 2019 in Richmond, Canada. Photo by Don MacKinnon/AFP

Rescuers search for Chilean plane missing near Antarctica

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:04 PM

(UPDATED) The plane went missing while flying over the Drake Passage, a maritime route between South America and Antarctica frequently hit by some of the world's worst weather

C-130 file photo from Shutterstock

7 dead in small plane crash in Canada

Nov 29, 2019 - 5:56 PM

'Five Americans and two Canadians were aboard,' Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman Nora Vallee says

'Armed men' hijack Papua New Guinea plane, steal baggage

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Tropicair says 8 armed men approached the plane as it was refueling in Gasmata, on the island of New Britain and forced the pilot to take off

TROPICAIR HIJACKING. Image from https://www.tropicair.com.pg

Plane crashes into homes in east DR Congo city, killing 29

Nov 24, 2019 - 8:03 PM

(UPDATED) The Busy Bee Dornier-228 smashes into two houses near the airport, deputy transport minister Jacques Yuma Kipuya says

PLANE CRASH. Residents react after a small aircraft carrying around 15 passengers crashed in a densely populated area in Goma on the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 24, 2019. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

Cebu Pacific signs $4.8-billion deal for 16 Airbus planes

Nov 04, 2019 - 10:43 AM

The fuel-efficient and eco-friendly planes are scheduled to be delivered between 2021 and 2024

BRAND-NEW PLANES. Cebu Pacific signed the purchase agreement for 16 A330 new engine option aircraft, in line with its fleet modernization program. Photo from Airbus

Ethiopian Airlines denies it tampered with flight records after crash

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:41 PM

Ethiopian Airlines says that directly after the crash 'all relevant hard copy maintenance records of the aircraft involved in the accident' were sealed, stored in a secure place, and delivered to investigators

TRAGEDY. Rescue teams collect bodies at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 10, 2019. File photo by Michael Tewelde/AFP

At least 7 dead as World War II plane crashes in the U.S. – reports

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The Boeing B-17 aircraft, which the US Air Force deployed against Germany and Japan, crashes at Bradley International Airport while trying to land

B-17. In this file photo taken on July 30, 2013, a World War II-era B-17 Flying Fortress flies over the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture 2013 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A B-17 bomber with 13 people on board crashed on October 2, 2019, at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, reportedly causing several deaths and serious injuries, according to local police and media. File photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America/AFP

4 bodies recovered from crashed Indonesia cargo plane

Sep 25, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Indonesia's search and rescue agency finds the bodies near the wreckage of the crashed plane

PLANE CRASH. The widow of a pilot, whose Twin Otter aircraft went missing en route to Ilaga, grieves at the Mozes Kilangin airport in Timika, Papua province, on September 25, 2019. Photo by Sevianto Pakiding/AFP

British pilot dies in ultralight plane crash in Pampanga

Sep 21, 2019 - 1:42 PM

Police identify the pilot as 55-year-old Mark Hogget, a resident of Tarlac City, Tarlac

ULTRALIGHT PLANE. A two-seater ultralight plane. Photo from the website of the Angeles City Flying Club

9 dead as small plane crashes at Calamba resort in Laguna

Sep 01, 2019 - 5:00 PM

(4th UPDATE) The light aircraft was used for medical evacuation. Among the dead are the patient being transported, the patient's wife, a doctor, and nurses.

Plane crash Calamba City Sept 1. Photo by Cabuyao Cabuyao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office

Plane crash in Ecuador's Amazon region kills 4

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:24 AM

The civil aviation authority launches an investigation to determine the cause of the plane crash

18 killed as Pakistan army plane crashes into residential area

Jul 30, 2019 - 8:58 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The plane crashes into a poor village near an upscale neighborhood in the garrison city that is home to the army's headquarters

Military personnel work at the scene where a Pakistani Army Aviation Corps aircraft crashed in Rawalpindi on July 30, 2019.  Fifteen people were killed when a small plane crashed into a residential area in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi near the capital Islamabad, a rescue official told AFP early July 30.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

Plane crash in Texas kills 10 people – officials

Jul 01, 2019 - 9:07 AM

(UPDATED) The plane was heading for St Petersburg, Florida, and was carrying two flight crew and 8 passengers, says a National Transportation Safety Board official

KING AIR 350. Photo shows the model of the twin-engine plane that crashed in Texas on June 30, 2019

9 killed in Hawaii twin-engine plane crash

Jun 22, 2019 - 7:03 PM

The Honolulu Fire Department says the aircraft was a skydiving plane that crashed on takeoff

2 pilots killed in Vietnam military plane crash

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Two pilots in central Khanh Hoa province die after their Russian two-seater training aircraft Yakovlev Yak-52 crashes near a mountain, killing one of them instantly

Training plane crash lands in Tarlac

Jun 01, 2019 - 3:21 PM

The pilot and his student survive the crash landing, says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Russia probes pilot error after deadly plane blaze

May 07, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Investigators are still examining the black boxes from the plane and have so far given no official reason for the crash

PROBE. This handout picture taken and released on May 6, 2019 by the City News Agency 'Moscow' shows emergency workers at the site of a crash of a Russian-made Superjet-100 at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, a day after the incident. AFP PHOTO / CITY NEWS AGENCY MOSCOW / SERGEI VEDYASHKIN

Pilot dies after plane hit live wire in Davao del Norte

Apr 27, 2019 - 12:17 PM

The pilot was conducting an aerial spraying activity when his agricultural plane got entangled in a high-tension wire in a banana plantation, says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Ethiopian crew followed procedure, but unable to control jet – report

Apr 04, 2019 - 5:13 PM

(UPDATED) 'The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft,' says Ethiopian transport minister Dagmawit Moges

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES. In this file photo taken on November 28, 2017,an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-700 aircraft takes off from Felix Houphouet-Boigny Airport in Abidjan. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Boeing must do more work on proposed 737 fix – U.S. regulator

Apr 02, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Additional work is needed 'to ensure that Boeing has identified and appropriately addressed all pertinent issues,' says a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman

BOEING 737. Boeing 737 airplanes are pictured on the company's production line, on March 27, 2019 in Renton, Washington. Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFPÂ

Boeing anti-stall system is activated in Ethiopia crash – source

Mar 29, 2019 - 3:43 PM

(UPDATED) The findings are based on flight recorder data and represent the strongest indication yet that the system, known as MCAS, malfunctioned in both the Ethiopian Airlines crash and the Lion Air crash in Indonesia

MIKE SINNETT OF BOEING. Mike Sinnett, Boeing Vice President of Product Strategy, makes opening remarks during a press conference in Renton, Washington on March 27, 2019. Photo by Jason Redmond/AFP

Anti-stall system likely activated in crash – Ethiopian Airlines CEO

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:10 AM

Tewolde GebreMariam says an automatic anti-stalling system specific to the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft was 'to the best of our knowledge' activated on the fatal March 10 crash of Flight ET 302

MOURNING. Mourners of victims of the crashed accident of Ethiopian Airlines react during the mass funeral at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 17, 2019. Photo by AFP

Identifying Ethiopia crash victims may take 6 months – airline

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:57 PM

In a document sent to family members of the crash victims, Ethiopia Airlines say DNA result 'will be announced approximately 5 to 6 months from the date the sample is collected'

6 MONTH. Ethiopia Airlines say it will take time for them to send the DNA results of the crash victims. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Boeing to upgrade stall prevention on 737 MAX – sources

Mar 16, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Sources say the fix was already underway before the Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed

BOEING 737 MAX 8. Boeing is set to roll out an upgrade to their MAX 8 models after two deadly accidents in recent months. File photo shows an Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet at the Toronto Pearson International Airport for a landing on March 13, 2019. Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

France probes 737 MAX black boxes as Boeing halts deliveries

Mar 15, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Investigators will now try to retrieve information from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, which were damaged in the crash

SEARCH. Forensics workers comb through the debris at the crash site of the Ethiopian Airlines operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, at Hama Quntushele village in Oromia region, on March 14, 2019, four days after the plane crashed into a field killing 157 passengers and crew. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Boeing black boxes flown to France as jets grounded worldwide

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:11 PM

France's BEA air safety agency confirms it has received the recorders from the plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa on March 10

MOURNING. Family members mourn the victims at the crash site of the Ethiopian Airlines operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, at Hama Quntushele village in the Oromia region, on March 13, 2019. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Ethiopia to send black boxes to Europe as questions mount over crash

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:27 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Ethiopian Airlines says it will decide by Thursday, March 14, which country will examine the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder

BOEING. The tail section of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 being built for Ethiopian Airlines is pictured at the company's factory, on March 11, 2019 in Renton, Washington. Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. says 'no basis' to ground Boeing 737 MAX jets after crash

Mar 13, 2019 - 3:36 PM

The US currently refuses to take action against Boeing's best-selling workhorse aircraft

BOEING 737 MAX. A SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (background C) is parked on the tarmac of Changi International Airport in Singapore on March 12, 2019 while a SilkAir Boeing 737-8SA (front) taxi on a runway. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Britain leads airspace bans on Boeing 737 MAX jets after Ethiopia crash

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:28 PM

(UPDATED) US regulators have ordered Boeing to make urgent improvements to the model and insisted they will take action if safety issues are detected

BANNED. A SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (background C) is parked on the tarmac of Changi International Airport in Singapore on March 12, 2019 while a SilkAir Boeing 737-8SA (front) taxi on a runway. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

United Nations mourns after 21 staff killed in Ethiopia plane crash

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:28 AM

'A global tragedy has hit close to home – and the United Nations is united in grief,' UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says

REMEMBERING THE DEAD. This United Nations handout photo shows UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as he makes remarks at the opening meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women 63rd session on March 11, 2019. Photo by Evan Schneider/United Nations/AFP)

U.N. environment talks open under shadow of Ethiopian plane crash

Mar 11, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Maimunah Sharif, head of UN Habitat, says at least 22 UN employees were among those who died when the Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed early Sunday, March 10

SILENCE. People have a moment of silence for the victims, including UN workers, of Ethiopia Airline's crash before the 4th UN Environment Assembly at the UN headquaters in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 11, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/