The Crash of Delta 1086 Is Exactly Why Airlines Cancel Flights for Snow

We've all moaned and groaned over flights cancelled due to weather. It's maddening to miss your connection (or even your whole trip) because of bad weather, but incidents like today's crash of Delta 1086 in a snowy New York City are exactly why they make that tough call that can affect millions of travelers. » 3/06/15 8:50am 3/06/15 8:50am

Local Newscaster Wants to Know if Waluigi Is Behind Crash Landing

Local news has been speaking "truth to power" since the invention of towns, and there's no better example of why we need regional newscasters than today's LaGuardia plane accident. It's unclear if a fictional villain from the Mario franchise is responsible, but watchdogs at Atlanta's CBS 46 are on it. » 3/05/15 3:48pm 3/05/15 3:48pm

What It's Like Inside A Plane Crash And How To Survive One

Last night's insane crash in Taipei got me wondering what it'd be like to experience such an event. So I talked to legendary adventurer Robert Young Pelton, who survived a very similar experience. Here's his story and advice on living through it. » 2/05/15 12:33pm 2/05/15 12:33pm

Despite 'Pings,' Air Asia 8501 Black Boxes Still Not Retrieved

Accident investigators at the site of the Air Asia 8501 crash site say they have discovered tell-tale "pings" believed to be coming from the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorders of the downed Airbus A320. And while they have been tracing the pings for a couple of days now, the boxes have not been located. » 1/09/15 2:54pm 1/09/15 2:54pm

Parachutes Save Thirteen Lives As Skydiving Plane Crashes Into Lake

People who are too wimpy to skydive will often invoke a defensive phrase that goes something like, "Why would I want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane?" But in New Zealand on Wednesday, one of those skydiving planes was not good at all, and forced all of its occupants to bail out in a moment of despair. » 1/06/15 11:20pm 1/06/15 11:20pm

Boy Scout Troop Rescues Pilot Who Crashed Into A River

The pilot of a downed Mooney M20 was lucky his bad day was met by a troop of scouts who lived up to their motto to always be prepared. Shortly after takeoff engine trouble required the pilot to ditch in the nearby Congaree River near Columbia, S.C. » 12/26/14 8:54am 12/26/14 8:54am

Wedding Ring Lost In Plane Crash Gets Returned 55 Years Later

Hugh and Hazel Armstrong were flying from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington one day in 1959, when for unknown reasons, their plane went down in a forest in Centralia, Washington. Though both passengers died, Hazel's wedding ring was found and recently returned to her family. » 12/06/14 10:59am 12/06/14 10:59am

Lucky Pilot Survives Two Crash-Landings, May Give Up Flying

If you've ever asked a pilot about his or her landing, or had the nerve to actually judge it yourself, you were probably given this response: "A good landing is one that you can walk away from." Well, one Connecticut pilot is now fortunate enough to have survived two such "good landings." » 12/02/14 1:23pm 12/02/14 1:23pm

Police Would Rather You Not Tweet Photos Of Dead Plane Crash Victims

Bahamas police are investigating the posting of photos of victims from the site of a recent business jet crash to social media. The Learjet 36 hit a crane at the Grand Bahama Shipyard while flying in bad weather on Sunday, November 9th, and killed 9 people. » 11/21/14 9:12pm 11/21/14 9:12pm

How And Why We 'De-Ice' Aircraft Before Takeoff

Winter weather is hitting hard and fast in parts of the country right now. Sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice means that planes have to be de-iced before taking flight, so here's an explainer of aircraft deicing, why it's done, and the the different methods used. » 11/17/14 12:38pm 11/17/14 12:38pm

Researchers Say They Have Found A Piece Of Amelia Earhart's Plane

A 19-by-23 inch piece of aluminum found in 1991 has now been identified as a piece of Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra, "with a high degree of certainty." The famous aviatrix disappeared on July 2, 1937. The incident became one of aviation's greatest mysteries, prior to the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 this… » 10/29/14 3:34pm 10/29/14 3:34pm

Oil Exec Killed When Plane Hits Snowplow Driven By Drunk Russian

The CEO of France's Total Oil company, was killed in Moscow on Monday night, when his private jet hit a snowplow on the runway. The Russian operator of the snowplow was allegedly intoxicated. » 10/21/14 10:08am 10/21/14 10:08am

A Firefighting Plane Has Crashed In Yosemite

The crash of a Cal Fire tanker plane on Tuesday afternoon has added to the tragedy of this year's wildfires in Yosemite National Park. The Grumman S-2T went down while fighting the Dog Rock fire, near Arch Rock, killing the pilot. » 10/08/14 3:35am 10/08/14 3:35am

Initial Investigation Shows MH17 Was Asked To Fly Higher

Dutch aviation investigators have released their initial findings on the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 crash, which occurred on July 17th and claimed 298 lives. The report confirmed the plane was shot down, but it also showed the pilots were asked to climb to 35,000 feet and denied the request from Air Traffic Control. » 9/10/14 12:34pm 9/10/14 12:34pm

Unresponsive Crashed Plane Was The World's First Delivered TBM 900

It was only five weeks ago that I was in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at EAA Airventure 2014, watching a press conference by Daher Socata as they introduced the TBM 900. Now, sadly, the first one ever delivered to a customer has crashed into the sea near Jamaica, resulting in two fatalities. » 9/06/14 3:23am 9/06/14 3:23am

F-16s Escort Plane Carrying Dead Pilot Out To Sea - Updated

ABC News is reporting that a private plane mysteriously wound up in the ocean, after having entered restricted airspace in Washington, D.C. It was met by fighter jets, but did not respond. Speculations abound as to the cause of the crash. » 8/30/14 7:52pm 8/30/14 7:52pm

Fishing Boat Hauls In Plane Wreckage Along With Its Catch

Late last week, a fishing trawler off the coast of New Zealand made a gruesome discovery while hauling in its catch — the wreckage of a small aircraft, with human remains inside of it. » 8/11/14 1:42pm 8/11/14 1:42pm

Sepahan Airlines Flight Crashes in Iran, Killing 38 (UPDATED)

A Sepahan Airlines Iran-140 crashed near an airport in Tehran on Sunday, killing 38 passengers on board, and sending nine to the hospital. It was reported earlier that all on board had perished. » 8/10/14 10:03am 8/10/14 10:03am

Bedtime Argument Saves Child From Plane That Crashed Into His Room

"It pays to be indulgent sometimes," said Sabrina Ertell after her son's bedroom was hit by a plane, in a crash which killed all 5 on board. Her 11 year-old son, Augusto had argued to be allowed to sleep with his parents that night, and likely would have been killed in his own bed if the parents had not relented their… » 8/07/14 1:19pm 8/07/14 1:19pm

Crash Claims Pilot's Life At AirVenture (UPDATED)

This morning, I was working on quite a different post for Flight Club, when I received a text from another writer: "Something just happen? Reports of smoke and emergency crews?" I walked out to the flight line and saw the scene above. » 7/31/14 11:58pm 7/31/14 11:58pm