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FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2020, file photo, firefighters work the scene of a helicopter crash where former NBA star Kobe Bryant died in Calabasas, Calif. Federal safety investigators bypassed aviation regulators on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, and urged leading helicopter manufacturers to install so-called black boxes that would help determine the cause of crashes such as the one that killed former NBA star Kobe Bryant.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Safety board asks helicopter makers to install 'black boxes'

Jun. 2, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

Federal safety investigators bypassed aviation regulators on Tuesday and urged leading helicopter manufacturers to install so-called black boxes that would help determine the cause of crashes such as the one that killed former NBA star Kobe Bryant. The National Transportation Safety Board appealed directly to six...

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...

Bozeman couple apologizes for helicopter in wilderness area

May. 31, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Bozeman couple has apologized for landing a helicopter in the Bob Marshall Wilderness earlier this month. Sara and Sam Schwerin said in a statement released by a public-relations firm on Friday that they believed they had landed outside the wilderness boundary. The Bozeman Daily...

1 dead in helicopter crash near Roseburg

May. 28, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A person was killed in a helicopter crash near Roseburg. The crash happened around 2:15 p.m. Thursday on private property south of the Green district of Roseburg, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said. Local fire, EMS and police agencies responded and are coordinating with...

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...

NTSB releases report on April 24 fatal Mesa helicopter crash

May. 21, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board on last month’s fatal helicopter crash in Mesa notes a trail of parts that came off the chopper before it went down. The NTSB report released Thursday doesn’t list the possible cause of the April 24 crash and...

This photo from KEYT/KCOY-TV shows the wreakage of a small plane after it crashed and burst into flames on the grounds of a school in Orcutt, Calif., in Santa Barbara County in Southern California. County authorities say the single-engine Cirrus SR20 landed upside down on a basketball court outside Ralph Dunlap Elementary in Orcutt. The school was closed at the time and nobody on the ground was hurt. The pilot, the plane's only occupant, died at the scene. (Donald Weiting/KEYT/KCOY-TV via AP)

Pilot killed when small plane crashes at California school

May. 20, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

ORCUTT, Calif. (AP) — The pilot was killed when a small plane crashed and burst into flames Wednesday morning on the grounds of a school in Southern California, authorities said. The single-engine Cirrus SR20 landed upside down on a basketball court outside Ralph Dunlap Elementary in Orcutt, said Santa...

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 - 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...

Pilot who died in Wisconsin crash was flight instructor

May. 19, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — An 80-year-old pilot whose small plane crashed last week in southeastern Wisconsin has died of his injuries. Racine County Medical Examiner Michael Payne confirmed Tuesday that David Lee Schmutzler of Port Washington died Saturday. Schmutzler was piloting a Cessna Centurion that...