Latest Federal Aviation Administration News

FAA to probe medical certification of pilot injured in crash

Jul. 15, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

VAIDEN, Miss. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether a Mississippi pilot injured in a crash had an expired medical certification. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the FAA requires pilots to have a valid medical license to fly, but 72-year-old pilot Walter J. Mitchell says...

Suit: Air controller at fault in deadly Kentucky plane crash

Jul. 13, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit by family members of victims of a deadly 2017 Kentucky plane claims an air traffic controller didn't provide the pilot the safest options. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader , the lawsuit targets the federal government. It claims the controller told pilot Scott T....

Turbulence injures dozens on Air Canada flight to Australia

Jul. 11, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

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 the...

Pilot dies in plane crash at airport in western Minnesota

Jul. 11, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

HAWLEY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot has died in an ultra-light plane crash at a municipal airport in western Minnesota. The plane crashed after noon Thursday at Hawley Municipal Airport. Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting says the pilot was the only person aboard and died at the scene. His name, age...

Indiana gets $1.47M in latest round of US airport grants

Jul. 10, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The latest round of federal airport infrastructure grants to Indiana include $1.47 million to Shelbyville Municipal Airport to rehabilitate a runway and more than $1.1 million to Elkhart Municipal Airport to install a perimeter fence. The Federal Aviation Administration this week...

Senate committee approves FAA nominee over Dem objections

Jul. 10, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Federal Aviation Administration won approval from a Senate committee Wednesday despite objections from Democrats who questioned the actions of the former Delta Air Lines executive in a case involving a pilot who raised safety issues. The Commerce, Science and...

$13.4M in federal grants awarded to 8 Mississippi airports

Jul. 10, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More federal grants have been announced for Mississippi airports. U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith say the Federal Aviation Administration is awarding $13.4 million to eight Mississippi airports. Hawkins Field in Jackson is getting more than $5 million to rehabilitate a...

FAA to reconsider Maryland airport noise case

Jul. 10, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is going to reconsider its position challenging Maryland over new flight patterns and the noise they bring residents near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The FAA filed a motion Tuesday to hold Maryland's case in abeyance...

Feds: 2 skydivers joined doomed Hawaii flight at last minute

Jul. 9, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

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 reports....

Lightning strikes Southwest flight from Baltimore

Jul. 9, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Federal aviation officials say a Southwest Airlines passenger flight from Baltimore was struck by lightning during its journey to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Southwest and Federal Aviation Administration officials told news outlets Flight 2133 was diverted and landed safely in Orlando,...