Latest Federal Aviation Administration News

Federal jury finds man guilty of filing false tax returns

Sep. 24, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A 58-year-old Pacific, Washington man faces up to three years in prison after he was convicted on 14 counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns. A federal jury found Jean Mpouli guilty on Wednesday, Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa Gorman...

US: Number of unruly air travelers lower, still too high

Sep. 23, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rate of unruly passengers on airline flights is down sharply from early this year but is mostly unchanged over the past three months and remains more than twice the level seen in late 2020, according to government figures. The Federal Aviation...

Air tour plans for Hawaii's national parks still in progress

Sep. 22, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has yet to submit a court-ordered management plan for air tours over its public land. The action is required 21 years after the Air Tour Management Act of 2000 was enacted and a year after a federal judge ruled in...

Report: Pilot in deadly balloon crash had drugs in system

Sep. 22, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report from the Federal Aviation Administration shows the pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in New Mexico in June had marijuana and cocaine in his system. Pilot Nicholas Meleski died along with his four passengers after the balloon...

System outage grounds United flights briefly

Sep. 17, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — United Airlines suffered a brief system outage early Friday and the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop of less than an hour for all United flights. The ground stop order was lifted before 8 a.m. at the airline's request, according to...

Pilot safely lands plane in Livingston Co after engine woes

Sep. 16, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A pilot safely landed his single-engine aircraft in a field after encountering mechanical trouble Thursday afternoon, Michigan State Police said. The 33-year-old pilot was able to land the plane with no damage or injuries in Handy Township in...

US will give runway rights at NJ airport to a budget airline

Sep. 16, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Department said Thursday it will give rights for several afternoon and evening flights in Newark, New Jersey, to a budget airline to drive down fares. The coveted takeoff and landing rights were previously used by Southwest...

Pilot killed in Middle Georgia crash was a local crop duster

Sep. 14, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

RHINE, Ga. (AP) — The pilot of small plane that crashed in Middle Georgia has been identified as a local crop duster. Jake Boney, 30, died when the plane crashed late Sunday near Highway 280 just outside the town of Rhine, Dodge County Sheriff Brian Robinson said. ...

No survivors in small plane crash at Lake Havasu airport

Sep. 13, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — At least one person has died after a small airplane crashed at the Lake Havasu City Airport and burst into flames. Lake Havasu City officials say police first received reports of a crash around 4:10 p.m. Sunday. Upon...

Small plane crashes in Middle Georgia, killing pilot

Sep. 13, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

RHINE, Ga. (AP) — The pilot of small plane died when it crashed in Middle Georgia over the weekend. The crash happened late Sunday near Highway 280 just outside the town of Rhine, WMAZ-TV reported. The single-engine plane crashed in a wooded area,...