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4 men die in small plane crash in southern Illinois

Jun. 1, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

CARLINVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Four men died when a small plane crashed into a southern Illinois farm field, authorities said Monday. The single-engine Piper PA28 crashed about 3:45 p.m. Sunday under unknown circumstances, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The plane was destroyed upon...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, traffic moves on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. Nearly two dozen states and several cities are challenging the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era mileage standards, saying science backed up the old regulations developed with the help of the nation's car makers. They asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, to review the actions of government agencies that led to the new rule being issued in March. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

States, cities challenge Trump mileage standards rollback

May. 27, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nearly two dozen states and several cities on Wednesday filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era mileage standards, saying science backed up the old regulations developed with the help of the nation's car makers. They asked the U.S. Court of Appeals...

In this undated image provided by Novant Health, a package is prepared to be placed inside a drone for delivery from Novant Health Logistics Center in Kannapolis, N.C., to Novant Health Medical Center in Huntersville, N.C. North Carolina is a testing ground for drone programs involving medical supplies, and this week one of the first deliveries of personal protective equipment in the U.S. was dropped at a hospital by drone. The drones carry up to 4 pounds, and have a round-trip range of 100 miles. (Davis Turner/Novant Health via AP)

In pandemic, using drones to drop medical supplies from sky

May. 27, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

With a loud whir and a whoosh, a fixed-wing drone slingshots out of a medical warehouse, zips through hazy skies at 80 mph, pops open a belly hatch and drops a box of medical supplies. Slowed by a little parachute, the box drifts downward and lands with a plop, less than 8 minutes after launch. For North Carolina...

FAA seeks $5.9 million penalty over 270 cargo flights

May. 20, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are seeking a $5.9 million penalty against an Atlanta aviation company that they say operated illegal cargo flights that were “careless or reckless” and posed a safety risk. The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that Humes McCoy Aviation...

FILE - This Nov. 17, 2017, file photo, shows a view inside an electric driverless shuttle produced by EasyMile, during an experiment, in Paris. The self-driving shuttle service that was ordered to stop carrying passengers in February has been cleared to resume operations with new safety precautions. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told France-based EasyMile to halt passenger operations on low-speed shuttles in 16 U.S. cities after a mysterious braking problem occurred Feb. 20 in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

US agency lets self-driving shuttle resume carrying people

May. 20, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A self-driving shuttle service that was ordered to stop carrying passengers in February has been cleared to resume operations with new safety precautions. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told France-based EasyMile to halt passenger operations on low-speed shuttles...

FILE - In this April 7, 2020, file photo, U.S. Air Force KC-46 tankers being built by Boeing sit parked at the Paine Field airport in Everett, Wash. Federal safety regulators are outlining planned changes in how they approve new passenger airplanes after two crashes involving a Boeing model. But key lawmakers say they plan to push ahead with legislation to change the current system that lets aircraft makers including Boeing play a key role in certifying their own planes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Lawmakers: FAA certification of new planes needs an overhaul

May. 20, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration outlined steps to change how it approves new passenger planes, but lawmakers said they will push ahead with legislation to change the current system that lets aircraft makers including Boeing play a key role in the certification process. The FAA has...

FILE - In this April 23, 2020 file photo a Frontier Airlines jetliner taxis to a runway for take off from Denver International Airport in Denver. There are thousands of airline customers who have canceled bookings because of the coronavirus epidemic and haven't gotten their money back. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and four other Senate Democrats proposed legislation on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 that would require airlines to give full cash refunds to passengers during the pandemic, even if it was the customer who canceled. Frontier has offered only a travel credit instead of a full refund. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Consumers, lawmakers rip airlines for withholding refunds

May. 13, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

When her Las Vegas hotel shut down and returned her money, and both Nevada and her home state of Ohio issued stay-home orders, Helen Moon canceled the flight that she and her husband had booked on Frontier Airlines and asked for a cash refund. No dice. Frontier offered only a travel credit instead of the refund...

Aviation student pleads guilty to bribing FAA test examiner

May. 13, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — A would-be airline mechanic has pleaded guilty to bribing a Federal Aviation Administration test examiner for a passing grade, federal prosecutors said. Frank A. Jalion Amaro, 21, was an aviation student in Las Vegas, preparing to take an exam for people who want to perform maintenance...

Officials probe why man killed on Texas runway was there

May. 12, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine how a man with apparently no security clearance ended up on a runway at a Texas airport where he was struck and killed by a landing commercial jet. Junin Ko, 22, died Thursday night when a Southwest Airlines plane struck him as it landed at...

Jetliner hits and kills man on Texas airport runway

May. 8, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A man was struck and killed by a commercial jet landing on a runaway at an Austin, Texas, airport, authorities said. The pilot of Southwest Airlines Flight 1392, a Boeing 737 arriving from Dallas, reported seeing a person on Runway 17R at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport shortly...