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Search for small plane missing near North Carolina airport

Oct. 20, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Operations were temporarily halted at a busy North Carolina airport Sunday night after it lost radar contact with an approaching small plane, launching a search by fire and rescue units around a densely forested state park nearby. A statement posted on the Raleigh-Durham International...

Boeing says it regrets concerns over internal messages

Oct. 20, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing says it regrets concerns raised about internal communications it recently handed over to Congress and federal regulators that are investigating two deadly crashes of the company's 737 Max airplanes. The company said in a statement Sunday it's unfortunate that messages between...

Pennsylvania glider crash death ruled accidental

Oct. 20, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

TAMAQUA, Pa. (AP) — The death of a New York City man in a glider crash in Pennsylvania has been ruled accidental. The Schuylkill County coroner says 65-year-old William Hanson of Queens died of multiple blunt force trauma but his death was "as close as instantaneous as possible" in Friday afternoon's crash...

Messages from former Boeing test pilot reveal Max concerns

Oct. 18, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A former senior Boeing test pilot told a co-worker that he unknowingly misled safety regulators about problems with a flight-control system that would later be implicated in two deadly crashes of the company's 737 Max. The pilot, Mark Forkner, told another Boeing employee in 2016 that the...

Report: 2 Illinois routes among Amtrak's worst performing

Oct. 18, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two of Amtrak's Illinois trains routes are among the worst-performing in the nation, according to a new government report. Amtrak's Illini and Saluki trains run between Union Station in Chicago and Carbondale in Southern Illinois. The Office of Inspector General for Amtrak released a report...

FAA to test whether packed planes affect evacuation time

Oct. 17, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The size of your seat and how much legroom you'll get on a future flight could be decided by 720 Oklahomans taking part in a first-of-its-kind test to determine if jam-packed planes slow emergency evacuations. Frequent flyers on U.S. airlines are all too aware that cramped economy...

Coast Guard, Mexican Navy search for plane, surgeon pilot

Oct. 17, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard plane and a Mexican Navy vessel searched the Gulf of Mexico for a small plane Thursday after a trauma surgeon flew the aircraft hundreds of miles (kilometers) beyond its intended destination. Steven Schumacher's family reported him overdue at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, two...

Pilot unhurt in small plane crash north of Reno

Oct. 17, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A pilot apparently escaped any serious injury in a small plane crash north of Reno between Pyramid Lake and the California line. Washoe County sheriff's spokesman Bob Harmon says hunters discovered the aircraft wreckage Thursday morning. He told the Reno Gazette Journal the pilot...

Senate confirms former ambassador as new Air Force leader

Oct. 16, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a former ambassador and senior official at the Federal Aviation Administration as civilian leader of the Air Force. Wednesday's 85-7 vote makes Barbara Barrett the third consecutive woman to lead the Air Force, following Heather Wilson and Deborah James. Wilson...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Oct. 16, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Black boxes in cars must be priority Altoona Mirror Oct. 16 Most Pennsylvania motorists, at least the owners or leasers of many newer models, probably are unaware that their personal vehicles might be equipped with a...