Latest Federal Aviation Administration News

Boeing finds a new issue with Max, debris in fuel tanks

Feb. 18, 2020 10:39 PM EST

Boeing said Tuesday that it found debris contaminating the fuel tanks of some 737 Max jets that it built in the past year but was unable to deliver to airline customers. A Boeing official said the debris was discovered in “several” planes but did not give a precise number. Boeing built about 400...

Official: 4 sent to hospital after N Carolina plane crash

Feb. 17, 2020 6:48 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A small plane crashed on Monday at a central North Carolina airport, sending four people -- three of them students -- to the hospital, authorities said. The Cessna 172 crashed shortly before 2 p.m. at Gray’s Creek Airport south of Fayetteville, Federal Aviation...

An American Airlines plane taxis past parked Alaska Airlines planes, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. American Airlines and Alaska Airlines announced Thursday that they will cooperate more closely on West Coast service, including new American flights from Seattle to India's technology hub in Bangalore. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

FAA allows US civilian flights to resume over Persian Gulf

Feb. 15, 2020 2:22 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday that American civilian flights can resume operations over much of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, loosening restrictions announced five weeks ago amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The...

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump to give command to start engines at Daytona

Feb. 13, 2020 5:20 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the Daytona 500. Daytona International Speedway officials named Trump the grand marshal for NASCAR's season opener, meaning he will deliver the most famous four words in auto racing....

Small plane crashes in front yard, killing two occupants

Feb. 13, 2020 1:54 PM EST

EAGLE LAKE, Fla. (AP) — A small single-engine plane crashed into the front yard of a home in central Florida Thursday, killing the aircraft's two occupants. No one on the ground was injured, officials in Polk County said in a news release. An image provided by Polk County officials showed the remnants of...

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo a worker looks up underneath a Boeing 737 MAX jet in Renton, Wash. Boeing sold no new airline jets in January, and now the company is worried that the virus outbreak in China could hurt airplane deliveries in the first quarter. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Virus outbreak in China poses a new problem for Boeing

Feb. 12, 2020 4:07 PM EST

Boeing sold no new airline jets in January, and now the company is worried that the virus outbreak in China could hurt airplane deliveries in the first quarter. Chief Financial Officer Greg Smith said Wednesday that the company is “spending a lot of time” with Chinese airline customers, trying to...

FILE - This Wednesday, July 17, 2019 file photo shows Southwest Airlines planes at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. The Transportation Department's inspector general said in a report Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 that Southwest Airlines continues to fly airplanes with safety concerns, putting 17 million passengers at risk, while federal officials do a poor job overseeing the airline. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Federal report faults Southwest Airlines and FAA on safety

Feb. 11, 2020 7:44 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines continues to fly airplanes with safety concerns while federal officials do a poor job overseeing the airline, a government watchdog said Tuesday. The airline has flown more than 150,000 flights on 88 jets it bought on the used-plane market and which had unconfirmed...

Federal watchdog to examine pilot training on new planes

Feb. 10, 2020 4:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog office said Monday it will evaluate U.S. and international standards for pilot training after two crashes involving a new Boeing jet. The Transportation Department's office of inspector general said the review will consider the role of automation in modern airliners....

In this photo provided by WSB-TV, authorities work the scene of a jet crash in a remote area in Gordon County, Ga., Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. The wreckage of a small jet has been found in the area of Georgia, north of Atlanta. The Gordon County Sheriff's Office said Saturday that there were no signs of survivors. (WSB-TV via AP)

Wreckage of small jet found north of Atlanta

Feb. 8, 2020 7:16 PM EST

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) — The wreckage of a small jet was found Saturday in a remote area of northern Georgia, hours after the plane went missing from radar shortly after takeoff from the Atlanta area. There were no signs of survivors, the Gordon County Sheriff's Office said. It wasn't known how many people...

Troopers: 5 killed in commuter plane crash in Alaska

Feb. 6, 2020 10:45 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five people were killed in a small commuter plane crash in southwest Alaska on Thursday, Alaska State Troopers said. The pilot and four passengers on a Yute Air flight were killed, Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said in an email to The Associated Press. Names have not been...