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Iranian Plane Crashes Into Mountain, Kills All Aboard

'After searching the area, we learned that unfortunately our dear passengers lost their lives'

(Newser) - An Iranian commercial plane crashed on Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, killing all 65 people on board, state media reported. An Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near its destination of the Iranian city of Yasuj, some 485 miles... More »

At Root of Russian Crash: Something Pilots Forgot

Heating unit related to the pressure measurement equipment wasn't turned on

(Newser) - Investigators say the crash of a Russian passenger plane that killed all 71 people on board may have been caused by the pilots' failure to activate heating for pressure measurement equipment, resulting in flawed speed data. The Interstate Aviation Committee said Tuesday, after studying the plane's flight data recorder,... More »

Russia Crash Raises Questions About the An-148

The model's safety record is spotty

(Newser) - Tramping through snowy fields outside Moscow, emergency workers found both flight data recorders from a crashed Russian airliner on Monday as they searched for debris and the remains of the 71 passengers and crew who died. The An-148 twin-engine regional jet bound for Orsk in the southern Urals went down... More »

What's Known So Far About Russian Plane Crash

71 are dead, and investigators are not ruling anything out yet

(Newser) - The unfortunate big development after Sunday's crash of a passenger jet outside Moscow comes from the country's transportation minister. "Judging by everything, no one has survived this crash," says Maxim Sokolov. Here is what is known:
  • The victims: Sixty-five passengers and six crew members were aboard
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Pilot's Maneuvers 'Inexplicable' in Fatal Crash

Plane was half a mile off course when it made sudden turn north of Sydney

(Newser) - A Sydney Seaplanes aircraft carrying six people "should not have been where it was" when it crashed in Australia on New Year's Eve, leaving no survivors, the company's CEO says. The DHC-2 Beaver carrying Compass Group CEO Richard Cousins and family members, along with pilot Gareth Morgan,... More »

Autopsy Reveals Baseball Star Had Drugs, Alcohol in System

Roy Halladay crashed his plane off coast of Florida in November

(Newser) - Former baseball star Roy Halladay had evidence of morphine, an amphetamine, Ambien, alcohol, and Prozac in his system when he crashed his plane into the Gulf of Mexico last November, USA Today reports. The two-time Cy Young winner's autopsy report was released Friday. A cause of death was listed... More »

7 Have Died in This Plane—in 2 Crashes

1996 incident preceded New Year's Eve crash near Sydney

(Newser) - When a seaplane crashed near Sydney on New Year's Eve, killing the pilot, a British businessman, and his four family members, it was, in a sense, deja vu. According to the Sydney Morning Herald , a pilot died when the same aircraft crashed in 1996 in Armidale, more than 250... More »

Plane Did 'Cartwheel' Before Costa Rica Crash

Crash wiped out 2 American families

(Newser) - The single-engine turboprob plane that crashed in Costa Rica Dec. 31 did what looked a "cartwheel" maneuver before going down in a wooded area, a witness says. "It was kind of low and I looked up to see it turn. I turned away and then heard the crash.... More »

Compass Group CEO Dies in Plane Crash

Richard Cousins and his family were on vacation in Australia

(Newser) - A prominent British businessman and his family have been identified as victims of a seaplane crash in Australia, the AP reports. Officials said Monday that Compass Group CEO Richard Cousins, his fiancée and her daughter, and his two sons were killed. Australian pilot Gareth Morgan from the tour company... More »

10 Americans Among 12 Dead in Costa Rica Plane Crash

Victims include New York family of 5

(Newser) - A plane carrying 10 US citizens and two local crew members crashed in a wooded area Sunday, killing all aboard, Costa Rica's government says. The Public Safety Ministry posted photographs and video of the crash site showing burning wreckage of the plane in Guanacaste, in northwest Costa Rica. Authorities... More »

'Clearly, No One Should Have Tried a Takeoff'

5 dead when small plane crashes in dense fog in Florida

(Newser) - Five people are dead after a small aircraft crashed on Christmas Eve in Florida, and while the official investigation will take some time, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says one obvious factor is at play: "Clearly, no one should have tried a takeoff," he tells WFLA , referring to... More »

3 Navy Sailors Still Missing After Pacific Crash

8 rescued personnel are in good condition

(Newser) - US and Japanese ships and aircraft were searching in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a US Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier, the AP reports. Eight people were rescued about 40 minutes after the crash of the C-2 Greyhound transport aircraft Wednesday afternoon, the Navy... More »

Navy Plane Crashes in Pacific With 11 Aboard

It was on its way to aircraft carrier near Japan

(Newser) - In what is believed to be another fatal accident for the 7th Fleet, a Navy plane with 11 passengers and crew on board crashed into the Pacific Ocean Wednesday. The C-2 Greyhound was on its way to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. Japan's defense minister, Itsunori Onodera, said... More »

Roy Halladay Was Flying 'Jet Ski With Wings'

Fatal crash came in aircraft designed for novice, recreational pilots

(Newser) - Investigators still don't know what caused the fatal crash involving former star pitcher Roy Halladay in his recreational plane off the coast of Florida on Tuesday. Halladay, who was the lone occupant, had issued no mayday call prior to the crash, reports Sports Illustrated . The 40-year-old had been flying... More »

Final Report: Mystery of MH370 'Almost Inconceivable'

ATSB investigators say they 'deeply regret' the Malaysia Airlines plane was never found

(Newser) - The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was officially nixed in January, and now Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators have submitted their final report , per the BBC . In it, they say it's "almost inconceivable" that, three and a half years after the Boeing 777 plunged into the water... More »

Eyes Turn to US Over UN Chief's 1961 Death

US, UK archives could hold crucial evidence in Dag Hammarskjold case: UN report

(Newser) - Conspiracy theories claiming the 1961 plane crash that killed UN chief Dag Hammarskjold was orchestrated by the US government and its allies have been circulating for years—and may have just gained some weight. A fresh investigation into the Swedish diplomat's death has uncovered a "significant amount of... More »

Families Blame Tom Cruise for Deadly Plane Crash

They're suing over American Made crash

(Newser) - Tom Cruise and American Made director Doug Liman are partly to blame for a plane crash that killed two pilots during filming in Colombia, according to a lawsuit from the pilots' families. The families blame Cruise and Liman for deciding to make a "high-risk, action-packed motion picture" and say... More »

Human Remains on Mont Blanc Could Be Decades Old

Daniel Roche found a hand, part of a leg

(Newser) - Daniel Roche's quest is an unusual one. As the AFP reports, he's been searching Mont Blanc's Bossons Glacier for years, looking for decades-old body parts. They could very likely be there: Two Air India flights crashed on the mountain, one in 1950 and one in 1966. And... More »

Lynyrd Skynyrd Biopic Pits Band Against Ex-Member

Lawsuit seeks to block ex-drummer's account of plane crash

(Newser) - Current members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with representatives of members now deceased, are suing to block a new documentary, claiming it tells only a "compressed" and "sensationalized" story about the group. Judith Van Zant—the widow of Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Ronnie Van Zant, one of six people killed... More »

'You Looked Up and You Saw the Plane Twirling Around'

Military plane crash kills at least 16 in Mississippi

(Newser) - A US military plane crashed into a field in rural Mississippi on Monday, killing at least 16 people aboard and spreading debris for miles, officials said. Leflore County Emergency Management Agency Director Frank Randle told reporters at a late briefing that 16 bodies had been recovered after the KC-130 spiraled... More »

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