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Crashed Pakistani jet's cockpit voice recorder found

May 29, 2020 - 12:18 AM

Pakistan's aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan says a French-led investigation team will analyze the Airbus A320's recorders

INVESTIGATION. In this file photo, firefighters spray water on the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. File photo by Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

40 bodies recovered, dozens more feared dead in Pakistan plane crash

May 22, 2020 - 6:32 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Pakistan International Airlines plane was close to landing when it came down among houses, sparking an explosion and killing several people on the ground

AFTERMATH. Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. File photo by Rizwan Tabassum/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

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

Pilot says lightning caused deadly Russian crash landing

May 06, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Pilot Denis Yevdokimov tells Russian media the craft lost communication and needed to switch to emergency control mode 'because of lightning' on the Aeroflot flight to the Arctic city of Murmansk

ACCIDENT. This handout picture taken and released on May 6, 2019, by the Investigative Committee of Russia shows destroyed fuselage at a site of a fire of a Russian-made Superjet-100 at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow. Photo by HO / RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITEE / AFP

Turkish passenger plane skids off runway onto seaside cliff

Jan 15, 2018 - 9:13 AM

The cause of the incident was unknown but an investigation is under way

OFF THE RUNWAY. A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane is seen struck in mud on an embankment, a day after skidding off the airstrip, after landing at Trabzon's airport on the Black Sea coast on January 14, 2018. Stringer/Ilhas News Agency/AFP

Japan Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Tokyo

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:30 PM

JAL: It seems that a bird got sucked into the left engine during take off

In this file photo, the landmark Tokyo Skytree tower is seen with the city skyline as a Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 777 takes off at Haneda international airport in Tokyo on August 2, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Huge hole in engine forces China Eastern plane to make emergency landing

Jun 12, 2017 - 9:56 AM

UPDATED A China Eastern Airlines passenger plane suffered a serious fault that tore a huge hole in one of its engine casings and forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing in Sydney

GROUNDED. A China Eastern Airbus A330 passenger aircraft, which suffered a serious engine fault following take-off, sits on the tarmac at Sydney Airport on June 12, 2017. William West/AFP

Relatives wait as bodies retrieved from Myanmar plane wreck

Jun 08, 2017 - 12:14 PM

UPDATED The commander in chief s office says 10 corpses including 5 children had been retrieved from the sea since a navy boat discovered wreckage from the plane early Thursday off the coastline near Dawei town

Kyrgyzstan blames pilot error for Turkish cargo plane hitting village

Jan 16, 2017 - 12:33 PM

7th UPDATE The majority of the dead are from the village of Dacha Suu where the plane – a flight from Hong Kong to Istanbul via Kyrgyzstan s capital Bishkek – crashed

CRASHED. The wreckage of a Turkish cargo plane is seen after it crashed in the village of Dacha-Suu outside Bishkek on January 16, 2017. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/ AFP

Brazil mourns fallen football team in pouring rain

Dec 03, 2016 - 12:54 PM

UPDATED The Brazilian city of Chapeco is in mourning for its little team that could cut down at the height of its glory

GOING HOME. Members of the Colombian Air Force load onto a plane in Rionegro, Antioquia department, Colombia, on December 2, 2016 the coffins with the remains of the members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense Real who died in a plane crash in the Colombian mountains earlier this week, to be repatriated to Brazil. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Bolivia shuts down airline after football team crash

Dec 02, 2016 - 7:22 PM

Investigators are examining pilot error and air traffic control problems as possible factors in Monday night s November 28 crash

GRIM TASK. Relatives of Nilson Junior Folle, one of the Brazilian team Chapecoense Real players killed in the plane crash, embrace each other close to the coffin at the Mortoury San Vicente in Medellin on November 30, 2016. Luis Acosta/AFP

Fans cram into Brazil football stadium to mourn dead players

Dec 01, 2016 - 1:15 PM

The stadium in Chapeco turns a solid wall of green as fans and mourners dress in the team shirt

MH370 plunged rapidly, not ready for landing – new report

Nov 02, 2016 - 2:20 PM

UPDATED The report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau finds the plane s final satellite communications were consistent with the aircraft being in a high and increasing rate of descent when it vanished

Malaysia Airlines planes are seen at departure gates at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on March 8, 2015. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

300 passengers evacuated from Korean Air plane at Tokyo airport

May 27, 2016 - 1:52 PM

UPDATED So far we know that 19 people were lightly injured some of whom said they feel ill says a fire department official

EVACUATED. A Korean Air Boeing 777 is seen on a runway in Tokyo's Haneda Airport on May 27, 2016. About 300 passengers and crew members were evacuated from the plane after one of the engines caught fire, official said on May 27. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

4 killed in plane crash at western Japan airport

Mar 26, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Television footage shows the front and back of the fuselage as severely damaged with the wing tips broken

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Mozambique debris 'almost certainly from MH370' – Australia

Mar 24, 2016 - 11:10 AM

The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight is expected to wrap up in June July if the aircraft is not found in the target zone of 120 000 square kilometers

SEARCH FOR MH370. A file picture dated May 10, 2014 shows Malaysians posing behind a slogan reading 'Pray for MH370' made of candles during a vigil for the missing Malaysia Airlines passengers, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. File photo by Azhar Rahim/EPA

Russia's Rostov-on-Don airport reopens after deadly crash

Mar 21, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Regional authorities say workers have finished clearing the runway of debris

DEBRIS. Russian investigators and policemen collect remains of bodies and inspect a site of the crash of Boeing 737-800 of FlyDubai airliner at the airport of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, March 20, 2016. Arkady Budnitsky/EPA

Investigators probe Russia plane crash that killed 62

Mar 20, 2016 - 10:51 PM

UPDATED Investigators are spending the day combing the scene for clues of what caused the crash

PLANE CRASH. A handout image, released by Russia Ministry's of the Emergencies shows a view of the place Fly Dubai Flight FZ981 crashed in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, March 19, 2016. EPA/Ministry's of the Emergencies

Flydubai downplays possibility terrorism caused crash

Mar 19, 2016 - 9:03 PM

The Dubai based airline s chief executive describes such a suggestion as speculation

FLYDUBAI. In this file photo, an aircraft (front) owned by 'Fly Dubai', the low-budget commercial airliner, is seen after landing at the runway of Dubai International airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 November 2011. Ali Haider/EPA

New find of suspected MH370 debris to be sent to Australia

Mar 12, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The suspected piece from MH370 will be sent to Australia as it is the country Malaysia assigned to identify any pieces found

Netherlands 'has all US information' on MH17 – investigator

Mar 08, 2016 - 1:41 PM

The announcement comes after a meeting between investigators and relatives of the victims who were concerned about the progress of the probe

A picture taken on November 7, 2014, shows parts of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Chinese MH370 relatives file suit in Beijing

Mar 07, 2016 - 1:25 PM

3rd UPDATE The compensation requests range between 1 5 million and 10 8 million per family

NEVER FORGET. Balloons with MH370 written on them during a remembrance ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the plane's disappearance, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 6, 2016. Fazry Ismail/EPA

5 dead in Myanmar military plane crash

Feb 10, 2016 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED No one survived the crash in Naypyidaw

CRASH SCENE. Firefighters and rescue workers put out a fire after a military aircraft crashed near the airport in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, February 10, 2016. Aung Gyi/EPA

Air India worker dies 'after being sucked into jet engine'

Dec 17, 2015 - 1:43 PM

The airline wrote on its official Twitter handle that one of its technicians had died in a mishap during pushback of flight AI 619 without specifying exactly what happened

In this file photo, an Air India airlines aircraft is parked at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India, 11 May 2012. Divyakant Solanki/EPA

2 killed as Tom Cruise movie crew plane crashes in Colombia

Sep 12, 2015 - 8:06 PM

UPDATED The crew has just wrapped up production on the upcoming film Mena when it went down while returning to the airport in Medellin

Bin Laden relatives killed in UK plane crash

Aug 01, 2015 - 2:59 PM

According to local police the pilot and 3 passengers died when the Phenom 300 jet attempted to land at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire

SAUDI-REGISTERED JET. Emergency services inspect the crash site at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, after four people died when a private Phenom 300 jet crash-landed in a car auction site and burst into flames as it approached the runway in Farnborough, Britain, July 31, 2015. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/EPA

Two dead as F-16, Cessna collide in South Carolina

Jul 08, 2015 - 8:01 AM

A supersonic F 16 fighter collides with a small Cessna trainer over South Carolina killing both people in the Cessna and spreading debris over a wide area

GRIM SEARCH. North Charleston police assist in a water search in a residential area where a US Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft collided with a small Cessna 150 private aircraft in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, USA, July 7, 2015. Richard Ellis/EPA

Taiwan pilot shut off engine before air crash – report

Jul 02, 2015 - 2:25 PM

Based on a black box the pilot said these words seconds before the crash: Wow pulled back wrong throttle

ENGINE MALFUNCTIONED. A file photograph released on July 2, 2015 shows the wreckage of TransAsia Airways ATR 72 plane after it crashed into a river in Taipei, Taiwan, February 4, 2015, killing 43 people. File photo by David Chang/EPA

Return of Germanwings victims' remains delayed

Jun 05, 2015 - 10:35 PM

Investigators only last month finished identifying the remains of all 150 people aboard the flight that crashed en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf

HARD CLIMB. A handout photo provided by the French Interior Ministry on 27 March 2015 shows search and rescue workers making their way through debris at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the French Alps, above the town of Seyne-les-Alpes, southeastern France, 26 March 2015. Francis Pellier/Dicom/Ministre Interieur/Handout/EPA

At least 4 dead in Spain military plane crash

May 09, 2015 - 10:06 PM

2nd UPDATE The Airbus transport craft crashes in a non residential area north of Seville airport Initial reports say there had been eight to 10 people on board with two seriously injured due to the crash

PLANE CRASH. The picture above shows the wreckage of an Airbus A400M military transport plane after crashing near Seville on May 9, 2015. Cristina Quicler/AFP

Helicopter crash kills Malaysian leader's chief of staff

Apr 04, 2015 - 10:11 PM

UPDATED Transport Minister Liow: This is indeed a great loss and my thoughts and prayers are with their families and the families of the other victims during this tragic time

Chinese MH370 relatives mark anniversary under police gaze

Mar 08, 2015 - 2:49 PM

Relatives say they have faced harassment from authorities in their own country as they seek answers on the world s biggest aviation mystery

GRIEF. Two relatives of passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cry as they arrive at the Yonghegong Lama Temple for prayers, in Beijing, China, 08 March 2015. Rolex dela Pena/EPA

Malaysia 'hopeful' to find MH370 a year after crash

Mar 08, 2015 - 11:03 AM

UPDATED Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says his country remains committed to the search for flight MH370 a year after it went missing

A YEAR AFTER. A man passes by the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 mural at Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 6, 2015. Photo by Fazry Ismail/EPA

Plane carrying Chile soccer stars found, 50 years later

Feb 09, 2015 - 2:43 PM

Images of the twisted wreck of the LAN Chile Douglas DC 3 that went down April 3 1961 were shown on Chilean television found by climbers in Maule south of the capital Santiago

Aerial view of the Andes mountain range, near the border between Chile and Argentina, on January 29, 2013. Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

Garuda Indonesia plane skids off runway on Lombok

Feb 04, 2015 - 5:12 PM

None of the 33 people on board the ATR 72 600 plane from Bali were hurt

Divers find more bodies, reach AirAsia fuselage

Jan 23, 2015 - 9:23 PM

Divers have reached the fuselage this morning but they could not get in because there were so many cables and debris says S B Supriyadi a rescue agency official coordinating the search

RESCUE. Indonesian rescue personnel unload body bags from a military helicopter in Pangkalan Bun on January 22, 2015 containing bodies recovered from the underwater wreckage of ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501. Photo by Yudha Manx/AFP

Crashed AirAsia flight QZ 8501 plane tail found

Jan 07, 2015 - 1:38 PM

UPDATED The discovery on the seabed could mark a breakthrough in the search as the tail of a plane usually houses the black box flight data recorders

A handout picture released by the Indonesian Search And Rescue Agency (Basarnas) on Jan. 7,  2015, shows a part of the crashed AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 laying on the sea floor, off Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo. Photo by EPA

Russian airport managers resign, staff detained over Total crash

Oct 23, 2014 - 3:48 PM

UPDATED The authorities at Vnukovo airport where the accident occurred also announce the resignations of its general director and his deputy after the management was accused of criminal negligence by investigators

Vladimir Martynenko (C), the driver of a snowplow involved in the crash that killed the head of French oil giant Total, is escorted to the Basmanny district court upon his arrival for a hearing in Moscow on October 23, 2014. Vasily Maximov/AFP

Snowplow driver in Moscow crash says on runway by mistake

Oct 22, 2014 - 3:37 PM

Vladimir Martynenkov tells investigators: When I lost my bearings I myself didn t notice when I drove onto the runway – that is let s say I drove out

CEO of French multinational oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie presents the company's 2011 financial results during a press conference in Paris France, 10 February 2012. Yoan Valat/EPA

CEO of oil giant Total killed in Moscow plane crash

Oct 21, 2014 - 8:03 AM

3rd UPDATE Just hours earlier De Margerie had met Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at his country residence outside Moscow to discuss foreign investment in Russia

CEO of French multinational oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie presents the company's 2011 financial results during a press conference in Paris France, 10 February 2012. Yoan Valat/EPA

10 confirmed dead in Colombia plane crash

Sep 08, 2014 - 1:57 PM

A Colombian Air Force helicopter took the bodies to the town of Araracuara where the aircraft had taken off the day before for Florence

Brazil presidential candidate dies in plane crash

Aug 13, 2014 - 11:56 PM

UPDATED Campos a 49 year old socialist who had been running third in opinion polls for the October election was flying to Sao Paulo to record a TV segment when his Cessna 560XL came down

PLANE CRASH FATALITY. A file photo dated 30 July 2014 shows Brazilian presidential candidate of Partido Socialista party Eduardo Campos during an event at National Confederation of Industry in Brasilia, Brazil. Fernando Bizerra Jr./EPA

Dutch firm to conduct MH370 underwater search

Aug 06, 2014 - 12:17 PM

The underwater search will aim to locate the aircraft and any evidence such as debris and flight recorders to assist the Malaysian investigation team on the disappearance of MH370

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY. A picture made available on 30 March 2014 shows a view of the Indian Ocean taken from a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion aircraft searching for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, over the southern Indian Ocean, 29 March 2014. Jason Reed/Pool/EPA

Investigators scour through debris at Air Algerie crash site

Jul 27, 2014 - 7:54 PM

French investigators scour through the debris of a shattered Air Algerie jetliner in Mali s remote desert north to get to the cause of the third global air disaster in eight days

AFTERMATH. A French soldier and a journalist look at debris of the Air Algerie Flight AH 5017 scattered at the crash site in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 26, 2014. Photo by Sia Kambou / AFP

Twin tragedies push Malaysia Airlines to the brink

Jul 27, 2014 - 1:10 PM

The flag carrier needs an immediate intervention from the Malaysian government investment fund that controls its purse strings and deep restructuring

Malaysia airlines planes are seen on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 18, 2014. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Experts to begin probe into Air Algerie crash

Jul 27, 2014 - 8:51 AM

Officials had reached Mali s remote barren Gossi area described a scene of devastation littered with twisted and burnt fragments of the plane

Foreign experts inspect Taiwan plane crash site

Jul 26, 2014 - 6:55 PM

TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 carrying 54 passengers and 4 crew plunged into houses near the airport in Magong in the Penghu islands Wednesday July 23 leaving just 10 survivors some of them badly injured

PLANE DOWN. Police and soldiers guard the crash site of the TransAasia Airways plane on the Penghu Islands in the Taiwan Strait, 24 July 2014. Stringer/EPA

Breathe deeply, it is safe to go on a plane, travelers told

Jul 26, 2014 - 12:47 PM

On Internet forums people are not quite so calm – fear of flying is rampant

Taiwan plane crash: Officials defend flight clearance

Jul 24, 2014 - 4:28 PM

The domestic TransAsia Airways flight was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members when it crashed in Magong in the Penghu island chain; 48 died while 10 survived

PLANE DOWN. Police and soldiers guard the crash site of the TransAasia Airways plane on the Penghu Islands in the Taiwan Strait, 24 July 2014. Stringer/EPA