Aviation accidents and incidents

July 19, 2019 - 2:38 am
BERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities say three people have been killed in a small airplane crash in the Alps near the German border. Austrian police told the dpa news agency Friday that the identity of those killed in the Thursday evening crash was still not clear. The plane went down at about 5:30 p...
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Paul Njoroge testifies during a House Transportation subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, on aviation safety. Njoroge lost his wife and three young children on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. The plane was a Boeing 737 MAX. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 17, 2019 - 3:46 pm
Two men who lost family members in the crash of a Boeing 737 Max airliner in Ethiopia called on Congress to change Federal Aviation Administration procedures that let company employees perform safety inspections on planes as they are being built. Paul Njoroge, who lost three children, his wife and...
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July 17, 2019 - 12:29 pm
PARIS (AP) — A judicial official says French prosecutors want Air France to stand trial for manslaughter in the 2009 crash of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that killed all 228 people aboard. The official said Wednesday that prosecutors also asked to drop the case against Airbus, maker of...
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FILE - In this April 29, 2019, file photo, Paul Njoroge, who lost his wife and three young children in the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Njoroge believes Boeing should scrap the 737 Max, and he wants the company’s top executives to resign and face criminal charges for not grounding the plane after a deadly accident last October. On Wednesday, July 17, Njoroge will be the first relative of any of the 346 passengers who died in those crashes to testify before Congress. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)
July 16, 2019 - 6:12 am
A man who lost his wife, mother-in-law and three young children in the crash of a 737 Max in Ethiopia says Boeing should scrap the plane and top executives should resign and face criminal charges. Paul Njoroge, who is due to testify before Congress in the U.S. on Wednesday, said in an interview...
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Emergency services attend the accident site at a small harbor at Ume river, outside Umea, Sweden, Sunday July 14, 2019. Swedish officials say a small plane carrying parachutists crashed in northern Sweden and all nine of the people on board were killed. (Samuel Pettersson/TT via AP)
July 14, 2019 - 11:46 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish officials said a small plane carrying parachutists crashed in northern Sweden soon after takeoff on Sunday and all nine people on board were killed. The accident took place a little after 2 p.m. local time on Storsandskar island. Swedish media quoted witnesses reporting that...
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In this photo provided by Hurricane Fall, responders treat a passenger on an Air Canada flight to Australia that was diverted and landed at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu on Thursday, July 11, 2019. The flight from Vancouver to Sydney encountered "un-forecasted and sudden turbulence," about two hours past Hawaii when the plane diverted to Honolulu, Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah said in a statement. (Tim Tricky/Hurricane Fall via AP)
July 12, 2019 - 3:03 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Passengers on a flight from Canada to Australia said they had no warning about turbulence that suddenly slammed people into the ceiling of the plane and injured more than three dozen — a phenomenon that experts say can be nearly impossible to spot or predict. The Air Canada flight...
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FILE - In this Thursday, July 11, 2019 photo provided by Tim Tricky of the band Hurricane Fall, emergency workers treat a passenger on an Air Canada flight to Australia that was diverted and landed at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. The flight from Vancouver to Sydney encountered "un-forecasted and sudden turbulence," about two hours past Hawaii when the plane diverted to Honolulu, Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah said in a statement. Clear-air turbulence happens most often in or near the high-altitude rivers of air called jet streams. The culprit is wind shear, which is basically when two huge air masses close to each other are moving at different speeds. If the difference in speed is big enough, the atmosphere can’t handle the strain, and it breaks into turbulent patterns like eddies in water. (Tim Tricky/Hurricane Fall via AP)
July 12, 2019 - 1:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — They literally don't see it coming. "Clear-air turbulence," which evidently jolted an Air Canada flight Thursday over the Pacific Ocean, strikes almost literally out of the blue, with no visible warning in the sky ahead. An aircraft's radar can't spot it coming either. But...
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Andrew Szucs, right, who was on the Air Canada flight that made an emergency landing, waits for assistance at the Air Canada desk, Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Honolulu's international airport. Intense turbulence struck an Air Canada flight to Australia on Thursday and sent unbuckled passengers flying into the ceiling, leaving about 35 people with minor injuries and forcing the plane to land in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
July 11, 2019 - 8:47 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Intense turbulence struck an Air Canada flight to Australia on Thursday and sent unbuckled passengers flying into the ceiling, forcing the plane to land in Hawaii. The flight from Vancouver to Sydney encountered "un-forecasted and sudden turbulence," about two hours past Hawaii when...
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FILE - This Sunday, June 23, 2019 file photo released by the National Transportation Safety Board shows NTSB investigator Eliott Simpson briefing NTSB Board Member Jennifer Homendy at the scene of the Hawaii skydiving crash near Waialua, Hawaii on Oahu's North Shore. The National Transportation Safety Board says a witness to the crash that killed 11 people reported the plane's engines sounded normal before takeoff, but shortly after the plane left the ground it became inverted and crashed nose down. The NTSB's preliminary report was released Tuesday, July 9, 2019. No cause for the crash was given, which is typical for preliminary reports. (National Transportation Safety Board via AP, File)
July 09, 2019 - 4:14 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says two skydivers made a last-minute decision to board the Hawaii plane that crashed and killed 11 people last month. The NTSB's preliminary report was released Tuesday. No cause for the crash was given, which is typical for preliminary...
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FILE - This Dec. 7, 2015, file photo shows the second Boeing 737 MAX airplane being built on the assembly line in Renton, Wash. A new computer problem has been found in the troubled Boeing 737 Max that will further delay the plane's return to flying after two deadly crashes, according to two people familiar with the matter. The latest flaw in the plane's computer system was discovered by Federal Aviation Administration pilots who were testing an update to critical software in a flight simulator in the fourth week of June 2019 at a Boeing facility near Seattle, the people said. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because the development has not been made public. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
July 08, 2019 - 7:21 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi budget carrier says it is ordering 30 Airbus planes in a deal that replaces a $6 billion agreement it had with Boeing for its troubled 737 MAX jets, which are grounded around the world after two crashes. Flyadeal, operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines Corp.,...
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