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Man arrested after boarding empty Mauritania plane on tarmac

Mar. 25, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man after he boarded an empty Mauritania Airlines plane sitting on the tarmac at the international airport in Nouakchott and threatened to set it on fire, the government news agency reported Thursday. There were...

NTSB calls for more safety oversight of air tour operators

Mar. 23, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

Federal safety officials are making another push for stricter oversight of air tour operators and hot-air balloon rides after several deadly crashes in recent years. The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday asked the Federal Aviation Administration to raise...

Air travelers top 1.5 million for first time in over a year

Mar. 22, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

More than 1.5 million people streamed through U.S. airport security checkpoints on Sunday, the largest number since the pandemic tightened its grip on the United States more than a year ago. It marked the 11th straight day that the Transportation Security Administration...

TSA hiring officers in Memphis, nationally as summer nears

Mar. 10, 2021 04:47 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is hiring part-time officers at Memphis International Airport to meet increased demand for air travel in coming months, the agency said. A TSA news release said the agency plans to hire 35 part-time...

China investigating in-air brawl between pilot, steward

Mar. 09, 2021 01:49 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s aviation regulator is investigating a reported fistfight between the captain and chief steward aboard a domestic passenger flight last month. The Civil Aviation Administration of China said it took the reported incident extremely seriously and...

Greenpeace paints Air France jet green in daring eco-stunt

Mar. 05, 2021 11:32 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Nine Greenpeace activists were arrested Friday for vandalizing an Air France jet with green paint in an airport eco-protest that raised concerns about security. Aeroports de Paris (ADP), the body that runs Paris’ airports, said the activists got inside...

EXPLAINER: Why a plane's engine exploded over Denver

Feb. 22, 2021 21:36 PM EST

The investigation into an engine explosion on a jetliner taking off from Denver is focusing on a fan blade that appeared to be weakened by wear and tear, a development reminiscent of a fatal failure on board another plane in 2018. These and other recent engine failures...

'I thought we were done': Parts fall from sky in plane scare

Feb. 20, 2021 23:22 PM EST

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — David Delucia was settling back into his airplane seat and starting to relax on his way to a long-awaited vacation when a huge explosion and flash of light interrupted an in-flight announcement and put him in survival mode. The Boeing 777-200,...

Debris falls from plane during emergency landing near Denver

Feb. 20, 2021 22:07 PM EST

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — Debris from a United Airlines plane fell onto Denver suburbs during an emergency landing Saturday after one of its engines suffered a catastrophic failure and rained pieces of the engine casing on a neighborhood where it narrowly missed a home. ...