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FILE- In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, passenger Cari Driggs, right, from Provo, Utah, waits to board a United Airlines flight to Hawaii for vacation at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. The CDC is strongly recommending that passengers on planes, trains and buses wear masks, but it's still stopping short of requiring face coverings to prevent spreading COVID-19. All leading U.S. airlines require passengers other than small children to wear masks during flights, but enforcement can be spotty. The Federal Aviation Administration has declined to require masks. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

CDC: 'Strong recommendation' but no rule for masks on planes

Oct. 20, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

The government’s top public health agency is raising the importance of wearing face masks on planes, trains and buses, although the Trump administration has resisted making masks mandatory for travelers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new interim guidelines for travelers, including a...

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2020 file photo, a Boeing 737 Max jet, piloted by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Steve Dickson, prepares to land at Boeing Field following a test flight in Seattle. The Boeing 737 Max might be flying over the East Coast before year end. All Max jets around the world have been grounded since early 2019 after two deadly crashes. American Airlines says it plans to operate one Max flight a day from Dec. 29 through Jan. 4, 2021 between Miami and New York. The airline says it will begin selling the flights on Friday, Oct. 23.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

American plans flights with Boeing 737 Max by year-end

Oct. 19, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Before long, American Airlines might find out how many travelers are reluctant to fly on the Boeing 737 Max. American plans to put the plane back in its schedule by the end of the year, assuming that federal regulators soon approve changes Boeing made after two crashes of Max jets...

2 killed in Louisiana plane crash

Oct. 17, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — The bodies of two people were pulled from the wreckage after a single-engine, fixed-wing plane went down in south Louisiana. The Cessna 182 crashed around noon Friday near Lake Hatch in Terrebonne Parish, news outlets reported. The bodies were released to the Terrebonne Parish Coroner's...

FILE - This March 12, 2013, file photo shows the air traffic control tower at Chicago's Midway International Airport. Federal regulators have not taken adequate steps to protect computer systems on airliners from hackers, a government watchdog agency reported on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The agency said the Federal Aviation Administration has not developed a training program for cybersecurity or test airplane computer systems that could be vulnerable to attack. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Watchdog urges more action to protect planes from hackers

Oct. 9, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

Federal regulators have not taken adequate steps to protect computer systems on airliners from hackers, a government watchdog agency reported on Friday. The agency said the Federal Aviation Administration has not developed a training program for cybersecurity or test airplane computer systems that could be...

In this photo provided by Spectrum News Buffalo, a helicopter circles the site of a small plane crash near Pembroke N.Y., Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Two people aboard the aircraft died. (Spectrum News Buffalo via AP)

Prominent NY attorney, niece, killed in small plane crash

Oct. 2, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Personal injury attorney Steve Barnes, whose law firm Cellino & Barnes was known on two coasts for its catchy TV jingle, was killed Friday in a small plane crash in western New York. Barnes, a registered pilot, died along with his niece, Elizabeth Barnes, his longtime law partner told...

US regulator fines Emirates $400,000 for flights over Iran

Oct. 1, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Transportation Department fined Emirates airline $400,000 on Thursday for flights through Iranian airspace during a time of heightened political tension between the U.S. and Iran last year. Half of the fine will be waived if Emirates avoids similar violations for one year. The...

A Boeing 737 MAX jet, piloted by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Steve Dickson, takes off on a test flight from Boeing Field, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Seattle. The MAX was grounded worldwide in early March 2019 after the second of two fatal accidents that together killed 346 people aboard almost-new aircraft. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

FAA chief tests changes to Boeing's grounded 737 Max

Sep. 30, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration, a former military and airline pilot, said Wednesday that he liked what he saw during a two-hour test flight of Boeing’s revamped 737 Max jetliner, a key step as the agency considers whether to let the plane return to flight after two deadly crashes....

3 hurt when small plane crashes northwest of Austin, Texas

Sep. 29, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

LAGO VISTA, Texas (AP) — Three people were injured when their single-engine plane crashed in a wooded area northwest of Austin on Monday afternoon, Texas authorities said. Capt. Darren Noak with the Austin-Travis County EMS said that of the three adults aboard, one who had to be extricated from the plane...

US lawmakers propose tighter rules for new airplanes

Sep. 29, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers who criticized regulators over the way they approved the Boeing 737 Max will propose changing the way that the Federal Aviation Administration certifies new plane designs and uses private-sector employees to perform safety analysis. Leading Democrats and Republicans on the House...

Officials ID 4 victims killed in airplane crash in Texas

Sep. 21, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

HILLTOP LAKES, Texas (AP) — Texas officials on Monday released the names of four people from Louisiana who authorities said were killed when their single-engine airplane crashed in a Texas pasture while attempting an emergency landing. The crash happened Sunday morning near the airport in Hilltop Lakes,...