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Official: 4 sent to hospital after N Carolina plane crash

Feb. 17, 2020 6:48 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A small plane crashed on Monday at a central North Carolina airport, sending four people -- three of them students -- to the hospital, authorities said. The Cessna 172 crashed shortly before 2 p.m. at Gray’s Creek Airport south of Fayetteville, Federal Aviation...

Dale Earnhardt Jr., team owner and TV analyst answers questions during a news conference before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Dale Jr. alters approach to flying after scary plane crash

Feb. 16, 2020 1:02 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent decades taking risks on the track and in the air. He’s trying to minimize both these days. Earnhardt said Sunday before the Daytona 500 that he’s changed his approach to flying following a harrowing crash landing near Bristol Motor Speedway...

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks on the second day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Canada, others nations push Iran on downed airliner probe

Feb. 15, 2020 1:57 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Diplomats from nations that lost citizens when Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner pushed Iran’s foreign minister Saturday for more cooperation from Tehran on the investigation and other issues. Amid heightened tensions with the United States, Iran said it accidentally shot the...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, an United Airlines Boeing 737 Max airplane takes off in the rain at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. United Airlines said Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, that it is removing the grounded Boeing 737 Max from its schedule until early September, forcing it to cancel thousands more flights. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

United and American push back expected return of Boeing Max

Feb. 14, 2020 5:22 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines and American Airlines said Friday they are removing the grounded Boeing 737 Max from their schedules longer than previously planned, which means thousands more flights will be canceled during the peak summer travel season. The reduction in flights could mean slightly higher...

Federal watchdog to examine pilot training on new planes

Feb. 10, 2020 4:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog office said Monday it will evaluate U.S. and international standards for pilot training after two crashes involving a new Boeing jet. The Transportation Department's office of inspector general said the review will consider the role of automation in modern airliners....

NTSB to examine weather, other factors in crash of small jet

Feb. 10, 2020 8:49 AM EST

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) — Wreckage of a small jet that crashed in the north Georgia mountains, killing all four people on board, will continue to be examined Monday, federal investigators said. Three men and one woman were killed in the crash, Gordon County Deputy Coroner Christy Nicholson said. Their names...

FILE - In this April 13, 2018 file photo, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, speaks at a briefing in Moscow. Russia’s Defense Ministry says Israeli air forces nearly shot down a passenger jetliner in Syria during a missile strike on the suburbs of Damascus.  In a statement released Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, Konashenkov said the strike was carried around 2 a.m. local time Thursday. Israel did not respond to a request for comment. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Russia says Israeli strike in Syria jeopardized civilian jet

Feb. 10, 2020 7:38 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Defense Ministry said Friday that a passenger jetliner in Syria was endangered by Israeli fighter jets that used it as shield while striking the suburbs of Damascus the previous day. The allegation comes as tensions run high in Syria, where fighting has escalated in the...

U.S. investigators inspect site of fatal Turkish plane crash

Feb. 8, 2020 5:33 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — U.S. aviation investigators have arrived at the site of a fatal plane crash in Istanbul, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday. A team from aircraft manufacturer Boeing and the U.S. civil aviation authority inspected the wreckage of the Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737...

Officials work on the wreckage of a plane operated by Pegasus Airlines after it skidded Wednesday off the runway at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport, in Istanbul, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Flights resumed Thursday after the airliner skidded off a runway, killing three people and injuring dozens. The Boeing 737 landed during strong winds and heavy rain and overshot the runway. It skidded about 50-60 meters (yards) before it dropped into the ditch from a height of about 30 meters (98 feet) (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

A rapid descent leads to screams on severed Turkish plane

Feb. 6, 2020 11:41 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — As their flight abruptly descended into Istanbul and hit the ground with a rumble, a Turkish couple tensed up. They soon relaxed when they heard a routine announcement telling passengers they could use their cellphones while the airliner raced down the runway. But seconds later, the...

Troopers: 5 killed in commuter plane crash in Alaska

Feb. 6, 2020 10:45 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five people were killed in a small commuter plane crash in southwest Alaska on Thursday, Alaska State Troopers said. The pilot and four passengers on a Yute Air flight were killed, Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said in an email to The Associated Press. Names have not been...