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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020, file photo, Southwest airlines employee Oscar Gonzalez, right, assists a passenger at the ticket counter at Love Field in Dallas. In a report, Thursday, July 2, 2020, the government is recommending that travelers wear face coverings during air travel and says airlines should consider limiting capacity on planes to promote social distancing. But it stopped short of making new requirements. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

US issues guidelines but no new rules for safe air travel

Jul. 2, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

Federal officials said Thursday that airlines should consider limiting capacity on planes to promote social distancing, but they are not considering making the airlines do it. The officials also recommended — but did not move to require — that travelers wear face coverings in airports and on planes....

A Boeing 737 MAX jet heads to a landing at Boeing Field following a test flight Monday, June 29, 2020, in Seattle. The jet took off from Boeing Field earlier in the day, the start of three days of re-certification test flights that mark a step toward returning the aircraft to passenger service. The Federal Aviation Administration test flights over the next three days will evaluate Boeing's proposed changes to the automated flight control system on the MAX, a system that activated erroneously on two flights that crashed, killing 346 people. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Report: Boeing fell short in disclosing key changes to Max

Jul. 1, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

A government report says Boeing did not give regulators documents about changes it made in a key system blamed in two deadly crashes of its 737 Max jet, and that officials responsible for approving the plane did not know how powerfully the system could push the plane's nose down. Government personnel involved in...

Flight testing for Boeing's 737 Max could begin Monday

Jun. 28, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

Flight-certification testing for Boeing's 737 Max, which has been grounded since March 2019 because of two deadly crashes, could begin as early as Monday, according to an Federal Aviation Administration email sent Sunday to congressional oversight committees. The company needs clearance from the FAA before the...

FILE - This Dec. 21, 2019 file photo photo provided by the Washington County, Md., shows a freight line train in the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, W.Va.  A report from the Federal Railroad Administration says an engineer error caused a CSX freight train to derail as it crossed the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The derailment in December sent two cars into the water and damaged a footbridge that is part of the Appalachian Trail  (Washington County, Md via AP, File)

Report: Engineer error caused train derailment

Jun. 25, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — An engineer error caused a CSX freight train to derail as it crossed the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, sending two cars into the water and damaging a footbridge that is part of the Appalachian Trail, according to a report from the Federal Railroad...

FILE - In a Monday, March 23, 2020 file photo, an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 Max lands at Paine Field near Boeing's manufacturing facility in Everett, Wash., north of Seattle. U.S. regulators are requiring inspections and possible repairs to engine coverings of all Boeing 737 Max jets. That's because of a problem that regulators say could lead to loss of engine power. The problem isn't related to a system suspected in two deadly crashes involving Max planes, but it's another blow to the company's safety reputation.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

FAA orders fix for engine covers of Boeing 737 Max planes

Jun. 24, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. safety officials will require all Boeing 737 Max airliners to be inspected for a manufacturing defect on engine coverings that they say could lead to loss of power during flights. Inspections and repairs, if needed, will be required before the grounded planes are allowed to fly...

Plane was seen spinning and ablaze before crash, killing 5

Jun. 23, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) — Witnesses saw a burning airplane trailing black smoke and spinning as it plummeted to the ground in Georgia, killing all 5 people on board, federal investigators said in a newly released preliminary report. One of the two pilots on board had told air traffic controllers that he was...

Feds fine Panama's Copa for flights between US, Venezuela

Jun. 17, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Department said Wednesday that it fined Panama-based Copa Airlines $450,000 for operating flights between the United States and Venezuela after the Trump administration banned service between the countries. Half of the civil penalty will be dropped if Copa pays $225,000...

Michael Stumo holds a sign displaying photographs of the individuals who were killed in the March 10, 2019, crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, as Federal Aviation Administration administrator Stephen Dickson testifies during a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)

Lawmakers rip FAA for not disclosing documents on Boeing Max

Jun. 17, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

Senators of both parties lashed out at the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday, accusing it of stonewalling their attempts to understand how the agency approved a Boeing jet that later suffered two deadly crashes and whether it retaliates against whistleblowers in its ranks. Roger Wicker, a Republican...

FILE - This Dec. 7, 2015, file photo shows the second Boeing 737 MAX airplane being built on the assembly line in Renton, Wash. Pressure is growing in Congress for at least modest changes in how federal regulators approve new passenger planes after two deadly crashes involving the Boeing 737 Max. On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, two key senators on transportation issues proposed several changes that would increase Federal Aviation Administration's direct role in the aircraft-certification process. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Momentum grows in Congress for more FAA oversight of Boeing

Jun. 16, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

Pressure is growing in Congress for at least modest changes in how federal regulators approve new passenger planes after two deadly crashes involving the Boeing 737 Max. On Tuesday, two key senators on transportation issues proposed several changes that would increase Federal Aviation Administration's direct role...

Plane crashes in rural Georgia; 2 children among the 5 dead

Jun. 5, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) — A small plane crashed Friday in rural Georgia, killing all five on board, including four members of a Florida family who were traveling to a funeral in Indiana. Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told local news outlets no one survived the afternoon crash about 100 miles (161...