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Lion Air crash: Investigators say plane was 'not airworthy'

Lion Air crash: Investigators say plane was 'not airworthy'

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Indonesian investigators have said the Lion Air plane that crashed last month killing 189 people was not airworthy and should have been grounded.The Boeing 737 Max plane crashed into the Java Sea shortly after departing Jakarta on 29 October.A preliminary report has found technical problems had been reported on previous flights.The 737 Max is a new version of Boeing's original 737 and has become its fastest selling plane. The preliminary report details what is known by authorities about the short time the plane was in the air, but investigators said it does not give a definitive cause for the accident.What's in the report?The findings by the National Transport Safety Committee (KNKT) suggest that Lion Air put the plane back into ...
Four die in Iowa plane crash after pilot aparently had heart attack

Four die in Iowa plane crash after pilot aparently had heart attack

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Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Four people died in a small plane crash in rural Iowa after the pilot apparently had a heart attack and a student pilot was going to attempt an emergency landing, authorities said Saturday. Around 5 p.m. Friday, air traffic control in Des Moines requested an emergency landing for a single-engine aircraft at the airport east of Guthrie Center, Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright said in a release to local media. Traffic control reported that 1979 Piper single-engine plane dropped off radar approximately 4 miles southwest of the airport. Guthrie is 60 miles west of Des Moines. The Sheriff's Office launched an extensive search and rescue mission to find the aircraft but was hampered by pitch-black conditions in forested areas. A resident reported seeing a small plane cr...
France impounds Ryanair plane on tarmac before take-off

France impounds Ryanair plane on tarmac before take-off

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Storms, strikes, computer failures — you can now add "your plane has been seized by the government" to the list of things that can delay your flight. In France, 149 passengers were preparing to take off for London late Thursday when French authorities ordered their Ryanair Boeing 737 impounded. The budget carrier owed money and it was "regrettable that the state was forced" to evacuate the plane, the civil aviation authority said. The passengers had gone through passport control and security and were about to walk on the tarmac to board the plane when airport authorities told them to turn around, passenger Boris Hejblum said. "The airport staff told us there was an issue with the plane," he told The Associated Press in an email. No Ryanair staff members were available, and the only...
Black box from downed Lion Air plane retrieved

Black box from downed Lion Air plane retrieved

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One of the black boxes from the Lion Air flight that crashed off Indonesia has been found. Divers equipped with "pinger" locators have been searching for the piece of equipment, which could hold the key to finding out why the plane, which had been delivered in August, went down.Local TV stations showed images of the black box - which refers to the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder - being transferred from an inflatable dinghy to a larger ship. Image: A diver said he found the device on the sea bed A diver described pulling the device, which is actually orange in colour, intact from mud and debris on the ocean floor.The spokesperson for Indonesia's search and rescue agency, Yusuf Latif, has not confir...
Russia blames Israel after Syria shoots down plane

Russia blames Israel after Syria shoots down plane

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Russia has blamed Israel and threatened retaliation after one of its military planes was shot down by Syrian missiles in a "friendly-fire" incident. It said Israeli jets attacking targets nearby had "used the Russian plane as a cover, exposing it to fire from Syrian air defences".Russia's defence ministry said the aircraft, carrying 15 servicemen, disappeared from radar 22 miles (35km) off Syria on Monday night as it was returning to Hmeimim airbase, near Lattakia.It said Israel had not warned it about the jets' attack until a minute before, and that it reserved "the right to proper retaliatory actions". Image: The aircraft was heading to Hmeimim air base when it disappeared Everyone on board died when the IL-20 reconnaissance plane wa...