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FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo a Boeing 737 MAX 8, being built for American Airlines, is partially obscured by the engine wash as it takes-off on a test flight in Renton, Wash. A government committee reviewing how the Federal Aviation Administration certifies new passenger planes for flight has determined that the system is safe and effective but small changes need to be made. The committee was appointed by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in April after two deadly crashes involving Boeing's 737 Max. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Panel finds FAA followed procedures in approving Boeing Max

Jan. 16, 2020 7:04 PM EST

A government advisory committee has concluded that federal regulators followed established procedures when they certified the Boeing 737 Max and did not delegate too much safety analysis for the plane to Boeing. In a report Thursday, the panel said the FAA correctly treated the Max as an update to older 737s and...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo workers walk near a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max airplane parked at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. Southwest Airlines said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, that it has taken the grounded Boeing 737 Max out of its schedule until early June and is dropping more than 8% of its planned flights as a result. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Southwest joins rivals in again delaying Boeing jet's return

Jan. 16, 2020 2:56 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines said Thursday it has taken the grounded Boeing 737 Max out of its schedule until early June and is dropping more than 8% of its planned flights as a result. With the moves, Southwest joined rivals in acknowledging that the plane won't be ready before the start of the peak...

Emergency crews look through the debris from a small plane that crashed in a Roy, Utah, residential neighborhood, narrowly missing townhouses in the area, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Roy police Sgt. Matthew Gwynn said the 64-year-old pilot was making a short flight from Bountiful to Ogden in a twin-engine Cessna Wednesday but crashed in the city of Roy about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City.  (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP)

Small plane crashes in Utah neighborhood, killing pilot

Jan. 16, 2020 12:00 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A small plane crashed Wednesday in a Utah neighborhood, killing the pilot as the aircraft narrowly avoided hitting any townhomes, authorities said. The 64-year-old pilot who died in the crash was identified as David Goode, according to the Roy City Police Department. The twin-engine...

In this photo from video, Delta Air Lines Flight 89 to Shanghai, China dumps fuel over Los Angeles before returning to Los Angeles International Airport for an emergency landing Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Fire officials say fuel apparently dumped by the aircraft returning to LAX fell onto an elementary school playground. A fire department tweet says firefighters are assessing

Aviation experts puzzled after airliner dumps fuel over city

Jan. 15, 2020 7:25 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some aviation experts said Wednesday that they were puzzled after the crew of a commercial airliner decided to dump fuel at low altitude during an emergency landing, causing a vapor to fall on schoolyards and neighborhoods east of Los Angeles International Airport. “No one is...

This Jan. 2, 2020, photo shows red lights from wind turbines´┐╝´┐╝´┐╝ in the distance in the area of Genoa and Hugo, Colo., where sightings of unidentified large drones in the air have been reported. An official investigation into reports of large drones flying in groups over the western U.S. plains in the hours after sunset has confirmed nothing illegal or out of the ordinary, a finding of little solace to folks who say the truth is still out there. Investigators will scale back flights of a heat-detecting plane to try to corroborate reports as they're made but will continue to look into new reports, Colorado officials said Tuesday, Jan. 14. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP)

Theories persist about mystery drones seen in rural region

Jan. 15, 2020 1:07 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — People insist they have spotted fleets of large drones crisscrossing rural America’s night sky, their mission mysterious, raising questions that have veered into conspiracy theories and launching an investigation. Authorities in Colorado have tried to put those theories to...

In this photo from video, Delta Air Lines Flight 89 to Shanghai, China dumps fuel over Los Angeles before returning to Los Angeles International Airport for an emergency landing Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Fire officials say fuel apparently dumped by the aircraft returning to LAX fell onto an elementary school playground. A fire department tweet says firefighters are assessing

Jet dumps fuel that lands on schoolkids near Los Angeles

Jan. 14, 2020 10:58 PM EST

CUDAHY, Calif. (AP) — An airliner with engine trouble dumped jet fuel that fell as a smelly mist on dozens of schoolchildren while the plane made an emergency return to Los Angeles International Airport, officials said. The fuel, described by fire officials as a vapor, caused minor skin and lung irritation...

Four bodies recovered from small-plane crash in Montana ID'd

Jan. 14, 2020 11:32 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities said Monday that four men from Billings died in a small-plane crash over the weekend in southern Montana. The coroner identified the pilot as David Healow, 69, and his passengers as Rusty Jungels, 36, Mikel Peterson, 35 and Raymond Rumbold, 32, Yellowstone County Sheriff...

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2011 file photo, Nielsen Company CEO David Calhoun, center, watches progress as he waits for the company's IPO to begin trading, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Calhoun took over Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, as Boeing's third CEO in the last five years, following the firing last month of Dennis Muilenburg. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

New Boeing CEO inherits crisis created under his predecessor

Jan. 13, 2020 7:57 PM EST

Changing CEOs was the easy part. Now it's up to Boeing's new leader to deal with a crisis caused by two crashes and the grounding of the company's best-selling plane. David Calhoun took over Monday as Boeing's third CEO in the last five years, following the firing last month of Dennis Muilenburg. Calhoun will...

'No signs of life' in crash of small airplane in Montana

Jan. 12, 2020 4:26 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A small airplane crashed near Billings, and there were “no signs of life” in the wreckage, Yellowstone County officials said Sunday. The Cessna 182 crashed around 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The wreckage was found Sunday morning...

FAA seeks $3.9 million fine against Southwest Airlines

Jan. 10, 2020 8:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking to fine Southwest Airlines $3.9 million for failing to properly calculate the weight of planes and make sure that loads were balanced before more than 21,500 flights in 2018. The FAA said Friday that the violations occurred on 44 Southwest's...