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Explosive Device Likely Caused Russian Plane Crash - Report

Evidence now suggests that a bomb is the likely cause of last weekend's crash of a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai peninsula, US and European security according to a media report. Islamic State, which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria and is battling the Egyptian army in the Sinai Peninsula, said again on Wednesday it brought down the plane, adding it would eventually tell the world how it carried out the attack. The Airbus A321...


Cargo plane with Russian crew crash-lands in S. Sudan, up to 40 reported dead

A plane has crash-landed near South Sudan’s airport shortly after taking off. Conflicting reports suggest that up to 40 people have been killed on board and on the ground. The crashed plane may have had about 20 crew and passengers, two of which survived, according to the South Sudanese president’s spokesman. Also, others on the ground may have been killed. Reuters says its eyewitness has counted over 40 bodies at the crash site, but it...


TransAsia Data Recorder Reveals Attempts To Regain Thrust

TransAsia flight GE235, that crashed into a river in Taipei, killing 35 people, failed to produce enough thrust after take-off, authorities said on Friday, revealing one engine was turned off and restarted. Flight GE235 was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it lurched nose-up between buildings, clipped an overpass and a taxi with one of its wings and then crashed upside down into a shallow river on Wednesday. Fifteen people...


Pilot's Body Found Clutching Joystick Of Crashed TransAsia Plane

The pilot, identified by TransAsia as 42-year-old Liao Chien-tsung, has been praised by Taipei's mayor for steering the plane between apartment blocks and commercial buildings before ditching the stalled aircraft in a river. TransAsia GE235 was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it lurched nose-up between buildings, clipped an overpass and a taxi with one of its wings and then crashed upside down into a shallow river after take off. The...


TransAsia Plane Crashes Into River, 23 Dead

A TransAsia Airways plane with 58 passengers and crew on board cartwheeled into a river shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport on Wednesday, killing 23 people and leaving 20 missing, officials said. Fifteen people survived the crash after the plane lurched between buildings, clipped an overpass with its port-side wing and crashed upside down in shallow water. Dramatic pictures taken by a car driver and posted on Twitter...


No Evidence So Far Of Terrorism In AirAsia Crash

Indonesian investigators said on Monday they had found no evidence so far that terrorism played a part in the crash of AirAsia flight QZ8501 last month that killed all 162 people on board. Andreas Hananto told Reuters news agency that his team of 10 investigators at the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) had found "no threats" in the cockpit voice recordings to indicate foul play during the flight. When asked if there was any...


AirAsia Jet's Fuselage Located

A military vessel on Wednesday located the fuselage of the AirAsia passenger jet that crashed more than two weeks ago off the coast of Indonesia, raising hopes that more bodies will be found. The fuselage was discovered around 3 km from where the tail of the aircraft was retrieved last weekend, Indonesian officials said. "A marker was placed on the engine. Beside the engine is the fuselage, the wing and a lot of debris," Ony Soeryo...


Investigators Hope For Clues To AirAsia Crash In Days

Indonesian investigators have begun examining the flight recorders from AirAsia QZ8501 and hope to unlock initial clues to the cause of the disaster within days. Divers retrieved the flight data and cockpit voice recorders this week from the sunken wreckage of QZ8501. The recorders were lifted from the bottom of the Java Sea and sent to the capital, Jakarta, for analysis. Both were found to be in relatively good condition. The flight data...


Fourth Ship To Join Search For Malaysia MH370

A fourth search vessel equipped with a sophisticated underwater drone is set to join the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the Australian search coordinator said on Wednesday. Months of searching have failed to turn up any trace of the Boeing 777 which disappeared on March 8, carrying 239 passengers and crew shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing. The current phase of the search is focusing on a...


Investigators Hope For Clues To AirAsia Crash In Days

Indonesian investigators have begun examining the flight recorders from AirAsia QZ8501 and hope to unlock initial clues to the cause of the disaster within days. Divers retrieved the flight data and cockpit voice recorders this week from the sunken wreckage of QZ8501. The recorders were lifted from the bottom of the Java Sea and sent to the capital, Jakarta, for analysis. Both were found to be in relatively good condition. The flight data...


AirAsia Jet's Cockpit Voice Recorder Recovered

Divers retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from the wreck of AirAsia QZ8501 on Tuesday, a key step towards determining the cause of the crash that killed 162 people. The cockpit voice recorder, which retains the last two hours of conversation between the pilots and with air traffic controllers, was found close to where the flight data recorder was recovered from the bottom of the Java Sea on Monday. When asked if the so-called black box...


AirAsia QZ8501 Data Recorder Recovered

Indonesian navy divers have retrieved the flight data recorder from AirAsia flight QZ8501 that crashed two weeks ago, killing all 162 people on board. "At 7:11, we succeeded in lifting... the flight data recorder," Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo, the head of the National Search and Rescue Agency, told reporters at a news conference. The cockpit voice recorder has been located, based on pings from its emergency transmitter, but not yet...


AirAsia Crash Makes Stronger Case For Ejectable Black Boxes

A long-delayed proposal to outfit commercial airliners with ejectable flight data recorders may have a better chance of being adopted following the AirAsia crash in the Java Sea, according to people familiar with ICAO discussions. The idea, which would equip commercial flights with data recorders that detach from the plane and float in water rather than sink, has bounced around ICAO committees for years and is back on the agenda at its...


AirAsia QZ8501 Aircraft Tail Located

Search teams looking for underwater wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 have located the tail of the aircraft, the section where the cockpit voice and flight data recorders are housed. "We've found the tail that has been our main target today," Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo, the head of the search and rescue agency, told a news conference in Jakarta. The tail had been identified using an underwater remote operated vehicle, Soelistyo said,...


Divers Join AirAsia Search, No Sign Of Black Boxes

Search teams including divers took advantage of a let-up in bad weather on Tuesday to try to reach the wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501, but nine days after the plane crashed officials said there was still no sign of the crucial flight data recorders. Indonesian officials believe they may have located the tail and parts of the fuselage of the Airbus A320 at the bottom of the Java Sea, but strong currents, high winds and big waves have...


Indonesian Navy May Have Located AirAsia QZ8501 Tail Section

An Indonesian naval patrol vessel has found what the captain said could be the tail of AirAsia flight QZ8501, the section where the cockpit voice and flight data recorders are located. Ships and aircraft seeking debris and bodies from the Airbus A320 widened their search area to allow for currents eight days after QZ8501 crashed into the water en route to Singapore with 162 people on board. "We found what has a high probability of being...


More AirAsia Wreckage Found, Weather Frustrates

The multinational team searching for the wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 found another large underwater object believed to be part of the plane, but persistent bad weather hampered efforts on Sunday to locate its data recorders and recover bodies. Indonesian officials say five pieces of wreckage have now been pinpointed on the sea floor off Borneo, where the Airbus A320 crashed a week ago with 162 people on board. Divers were sent to...


Rough Weather Hampers Search For AirAsia Plane

Ships and aircraft criss-crossed the seas off Borneo on Friday hunting for the wreck of AirAsia flight QZ8501, but bad weather again hindered the search for the plane and the flight data recorders that should reveal why it crashed. Officials said more than 20 bodies have now been recovered, along with pieces of the broken-up plane, in the Indonesian-led search that is concentrated on 1,575 square nautical miles of the northern Java...


Rough Weather Hampers Search For AirAsia Plane

Ships and aircraft criss-crossed the seas off Borneo on Friday hunting for the wreck of AirAsia flight QZ8501, but bad weather again hindered the search for the plane and the flight data recorders that should reveal why it crashed. Officials said more than 20 bodies have now been recovered, along with pieces of the broken-up plane, in the Indonesian-led search that is concentrated on 1,575 square nautical miles of the northern Java...


French Investigators On Way To AirAsia Crash Scene

France's crash investigation agency said its specialist flight data recorder search team and equipment would arrive early Friday at the search area for AirAsia flight QZ8501. France’s BEA crash investigation agency assists in the investigation of any air crash involving an Airbus aircraft because the company is France-based. Heavy seas stopped divers reaching the possible wreck of the Indonesia AirAsia jet off Borneo on Thursday and an...


AirAsia Data Recorder Search Could Take A Week

Heavy seas held back divers waiting to inspect the possible wreck of AirAsia flight QZ8501 off Borneo on Thursday, with an aviation official saying it could be a week before the flight recorders are found. Divers were on standby to investigate a large shadow sighted by a search and rescue pilot. Rescuers believe it may be the Airbus A320, which was carrying 162 people when it crashed on Sunday. "I am hoping that the latest information is...


Data Point To Steep Climb Before AirAsia Crash

Radar data being examined by investigators appeared to show that AirAsia flight QZ8501 made an "unbelievably" steep climb before it crashed, possibly pushing it beyond the Airbus A320's limits, said a person familiar with initial findings. The data was transmitted before the aircraft disappeared from the screens of air traffic controllers in Jakarta on Sunday, added the source, who declined to be identified. "So far, the numbers taken by...


Divers To Search For AirAsia Wreckage

Divers and ships will search for wreckage and the data recorders of AirAsia flight QZ8501 on Wednesday after Indonesian rescuers found several bodies and debris floating in shallow waters off the coast of Borneo. Aviation experts believe the fuselage may be easily found as the aircraft probably only broke up when it hit the water. "The fact that the debris appears fairly contained suggests the aircraft broke up when it hit the water,...


Bodies, Debris From Missing AirAsia Plane Recovered

Indonesian rescuers searching for AirAsia flight QZ8501 pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo on Tuesday as relatives of those on board broke down in tears on hearing the news. Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control early on Sunday during bad weather on a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. The navy said 40 bodies had been recovered as dusk fell. The plane has yet to be found...


Critics ask how AirAsia jetliner went missing in age of GPS

Air travel advocates are demanding global aviation authorities explain how an AirAsia jetliner with 162 people aboard got lost at a time when satellites and webcams monitor society's every move. "It should be impossible for an airliner to go missing" in an age when people can track their phones and cars to within a few feet, said Paul Hudson, president of Flyersrights.org and a member of a U.S. Federal Aviation Authority rulemaking...


Debris Seen Off Indonesia Likely From AirAsia Jet

Red and white debris spotted off the coast of Indonesia's part of Borneo island is likely to be part of AirAsia flight QZ8501, an Indonesian transport official said on Tuesday. Media quoted an air force official as saying a suspected body, luggage and a life vest were among the debris. "As we approached, the body seemed bloated," said First Lieutenant Tri Wibowo, who was on board a Hercules during the search operation, was quoted by the...


Indonesia Expands Search For Missing AirAsia Jet

Countries around Asia have stepped up the search for AirAsia flight QZ8501 that is presumed to have crashed in shallow waters off the Indonesian coast. Soelistyo, head of Indonesia's search and rescue agency, told local television the search area between the islands of Sumatra and Borneo would be expanded. Authorities would also begin scouring nearby islands as well as coastal land on Indonesia's side of Borneo. So far the focus of the...


Missing AirAsia Plane Could Be 'On The Sea Floor'

The missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people could be at the bottom of the sea after it was presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast, an official said, as countries around Asia sent ships and planes to help in the search. The Indonesia AirAsia plane, an Airbus A320, disappeared after its pilot failed to get permission to fly higher to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore on...


Search Resumes For Missing AirAsia Plane

Indonesia resumed the search on Monday for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people that went missing after its pilot failed to gain permission to alter course to avoid a storm cell during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. AirAsia flight QZ8501 did not issue a distress signal and disappeared five minutes after requesting a change of course on Sunday, government and transport officials said. Air Force spokesman Hadi...


AirAsia Faces Its Biggest Crisis

AirAsia was built up from two planes in 2001 to an airline industry giant that operates more than 180 aircraft in just over a decade but now faces its biggest ever challenge. A dream run for the airline and its flamboyant boss, Tony Fernandes, turned sour on Sunday, as Indonesia AirAsia reported an Airbus A320 with 162 people on board went missing during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. "This is my worst...


AirAsia Flight Carrying 162 People Missing

An AirAsia flight with 162 people on board lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday after the pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ 8501, an Airbus A320, lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control at 6:17 am local time, officials said. "The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due...


Emergency Services Start Collecting MH17 Wreckage

Local emergency services in eastern Ukraine have begun collecting parts of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from its crash site in the middle of the conflict zone, Dutch air accident investigators said. Dutch inspectors had hoped to collect the parts themselves, but they remain concerned about the safety of their staff in the rebel-held conflict zone, and have decided to work with local services following an initial focus on...


Key Function Of Crashed Virgin Spacecraft Deployed Early

An investigation into the deadly crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship has found that a function to help the craft descend into the atmosphere was deployed early, a federal safety official said, adding that pilot error could not be ruled out. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading the investigation into what caused the spacecraft to crash in California's Mojave Desert during a test flight on Friday, killing one pilot and...


Virgin Galactic Test Flight Ends In Fatal Crash

A passenger spaceship being developed for Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other. The crash of the suborbital vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, 95 miles (150 km) north of Los Angeles, came days after another private space company, Orbital...


MH17 Prosecutor Open To Alternative Theory

Dutch prosecutors investigating the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 believe the aircraft might have been shot down from the air but that a ground-to-air missile attack is more likely, a senior prosecutor said in a German media interview. The Russian government has always said it has radar imagery proving the fully laden Boeing 777 was shot down by a Ukrainian military aircraft flying in its vicinity, but Western officials have never...


Investigators Studying MH17 Metal Shards

Investigators trying to find out who shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine have recovered 25 pieces of metal from baggage and bodies, which could lead them to the missile believed to have brought down the airliner. Dutch prosecution service chief Fred Westerbeke, who is leading the international inquiry into the July 17 disaster, said the investigation was focusing on the theory that a surface-to-air missile had been...


Ten Killed In Colombian Plane Crash

A small plane crashed minutes after take-off in Colombia's southern jungle on Saturday, killing all 10 people aboard, the country's civil aviation agency said. "The plane was found, broken apart and burned, 10 km (6 miles) from populated areas in the municipality of Puerto Santander, Amazonas department," the agency said in a statement. The Air Force was carrying out the effort to retrieve the bodies of the eight passengers and two crew...


Three killed, two injured in small plane crash at Colorado airport

Three people were killed and two injured on Sunday when a single-engine airplane crashed in a field adjacent to a runway at a northern Colorado airport, authorities said. Peter Knudson, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said the Piper PA-46 aircraft went down shortly before noon near the Erie Municipal Airport, about 25 miles northwest of Denver. "We don't know yet know if it was taking off or landing," said...


Hamas Threatens Further Attacks On Tel Aviv Airport

The armed wing of the Hamas Islamist militant group that dominates Gaza has threatened to aim more rocket fire at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv and cautioned international airlines to avoid it. Citing Israel's air strikes in Gaza that have killed three people after rockets were fired at Israel in breach of a truce, a Hamas commander said in a statement the group "has decided to respond to the Israeli aggression," by making the...


Investigators Start Work At MH17 Crash Site

International experts started recovery work on Friday at the Malaysia Airlines MH17 wreckage site in east Ukraine despite clashes nearby between government forces and pro-Russian rebels. The group was the largest to reach the site since MH17 was shot down over rebel-held territory on July 17, killing all 298 people on board. Roads had for days been too dangerous to use because of heavy fighting, frustrating efforts to recover all the...


International Experts Reach MH17 Crash Site

The OSCE said its monitors, accompanied by Dutch and Australian experts, reached the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, two weeks after the plane came down. "OSCE... monitors reach MH17 crash site for first time in almost week, accompanied by four Dutch, Australian experts. Used new route to access," the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe posted on Twitter. Although most of the...


Armed Mission To MH17 Site "Not Realistic"

The Netherlands, Australia and Malaysia have ruled out sending an international armed mission to secure the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, the Dutch prime minister said on Sunday. "We concluded there was a real risk that an international mission would immediately be involved in the conflict in Ukraine," he said, adding that it was "not realistic" to attain military dominance over heavily armed...


Families Mourn Victims At Air Algerie Crash Site

Family members of those killed on the Air Algerie flight that crashed in Mali were taken to the wreckage on Saturday to grieve as French President Francois Hollande announced three days of mourning. Hollande ordered that flags on government buildings across France fly at half-mast for three days from Monday after the death of 118 people in the crash, including 54 French nationals. Hollande, who met relatives of victims for three hours on...


Bad Weather Likely Cause Of Air Algerie Crash

Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of the Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed all 116 people on board, French officials said. Investigators at the scene of the crash in northern Mali concluded the airliner broke apart when it hit the ground, the officials said, suggesting this meant it was unlikely to have been the victim of an attack. "French soldiers who are on the ground have started the...


Air Algerie Plane Wreckage Found In Mali, 116 Dead

Authorities have located the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight after it crashed in northern Mali carrying 116 passengers and crew, nearly half of them French, en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria. Regional aviation officials said they had lost contact with flight AH5017 at around 01:55 GMT on Thursday, less than an hour after takeoff, following a request by the pilot to change course due to bad weather. Two French Mirage fighter jets and...


Air Algeria has lost contact with one of its planes

Algeria's national airline, Air Algerie, says it has lost contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso. Contact was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou, the airline is quoted by Algeria's state news agency as saying. The passenger airliner, last seen at 0155 GMT, was bound for the Algerian capital Algiers, it added. Flight AH 5017 had 110 passengers and six crew on board, officials said. "In keeping with...


ICAO Says MH17 Voice Recorder In Good Condition

The cockpit voice recorder of the Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine is in good condition, the UN's ICAO said, adding that it was holding talks with airlines and states on how to assess the danger posed by conflicts. "The cockpit voice recorder is in good condition... the digital flight data recorder is still under review," ICAO said in a statement. The Dutch Safety Board, which is leading the international inquiry into the crash,...


Dutch Mourn As First MH17 Bodies Arrive In Netherlands

The bodies of the first victims from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 downed over Ukraine last week arrived on Wednesday at a military base in the Netherlands. Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in memory of the 298 people killed when MH17 came down in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists, in the first national day of mourning since wartime Queen Wilhelmina died in 1962. King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister...


TransAsia Plane Crashes In Taiwan, 47 Dead

A TransAsia Airways ATR 72 plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire, officials said. The plane, a 70-seat ATR 72, crashed near the runway on the island of Penghu, west of the mainland, with 54 passengers and four crew on board. No one was killed or hurt in the buildings. Eleven injured people on the plane were taken to...


Investigators Face Tough Task In MH17 Inquiry

As international investigators travel to rebel-held eastern Ukraine to piece together what, and who, caused Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to plunge into the steppe, securing evidence in the middle of a war zone is a major challenge. Proving what happened beyond doubt and to the satisfaction of the warring parties may already be all but impossible, after local people and rebel fighters have spent 24 hours sifting and moving debris and...