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Air Traffic Staff to Alarmingly Low Flight: 'You Good?'

Southwest flight drops to 500 feet above ground in Oklahoma, triggering air traffic control concern

(Newser) - If you're low-key wary of flying lately, we can't say we blame you , and the latest news out of Oklahoma probably won't ease your concerns. The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into Southwest Flight 4069 out of Las Vegas, which dipped to an alarmingly low altitude just...

Airliner Plunged, Stopping Just Above Ocean Off Hawaii

FAA investigates Southwest flight after first officer's error

(Newser) - A Southwest Airlines pilot inadvertently sent a Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 into a plunge off the coast of Hawaii, dropping at a rate of more than 4,000 feet per minute before the flight crew pulled the plane up. A Southwest memo to pilots said the airliner came within...

'Dutch Roll' at 34K Feet Damages Boeing 737 Max

Southwest flight landed in Oakland without injuries

(Newser) - A Southwest Airlines plane went into a rare wobble in midair last month, causing substantial damage to the Boeing 737 Max 8's tail section and prompting a federal investigation. The Phoenix-to-Oakland flight reached its destination without injury to the 175 passengers and six crew members, per CBS News . The...

'Trump Force One' Gets Into Fender Bender at Airport

The Boeing 757 clipped a VistaJet in West Palm Beach, Florida; not clear if Trump was on board

(Newser) - Donald Trump's private plane had a seemingly minor mishap in Florida over the weekend. WFLA reports that on Sunday, a Boeing 757 with the registration number N757AF clipped an empty private jet parked at West Palm Beach International Airport, with an FAA notice announcing the moving plane was taxiing...

Boeing Says Workers Falsified 787 Inspection Records

FAA is investigating the incident

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it has opened an investigation into Boeing after the beleaguered company reported that workers at a South Carolina plant falsified inspection records on certain 787 planes. Boeing said its engineers have determined that misconduct did not create "an immediate safety of flight issue....

Emergency Slide Separates From Boeing 767-300

Delta flight returns to JFK after reports of loud noise

(Newser) - The flight crew on a Delta Air Lines flight declared an emergency after taking off Friday morning from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and returned instead of going on to Los Angeles. The airline said the crew reported a "flight deck indication related to the right...

FAA Investigates Post Showing Coach in Cockpit

Airline benches pilots who were handling charter flight

(Newser) - The FAA is investigating "some fun in the cockpit" after a Colorado Rockies coach posted a video showing him apparently sitting in a pilot's seat during a team flight. United Airlines also is investigating what happened on the April 10 charter flight from Denver to Toronto and pulled...

Eclipse Flight Goes Off Course at Controllers' Instruction

FAA, Delta had suggested heavy traffic might disrupt airline plans

(Newser) - Passengers who booked a special flight to have an airborne view of totality during the eclipse on Monday were thwarted by air traffic controllers, Delta Air Lines said. The plane veered slightly off the path of totality when controllers would not allow it to make the turns planned so passengers...

Boeing Supplier Used Dawn Liquid Soap as Lubricant

It's one of the anomalies that turned up in an FAA audit

(Newser) - After a door plug flew off an Alaska Airlines jet, the FAA took a closer look at the Boeing manufacturing process for the 737 Max. The New York Times has details from the six-week audit, which flagged "dozens of problems" at Boeing and supplier Spirit AeroSystems. However, two in...

FAA Gives Boeing 90 Days to Come Up With Safety Plan
FAA Gives Boeing
a 90-Day Deadline

FAA Gives Boeing a 90-Day Deadline

'Boeing must commit to real and profound improvements'

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration is giving Boeing 90 days to come up with a plan to fix quality problems and meet safety standards for building new planes. The agency said Wednesday that the directive follows meetings with Boeing CEO David Calhoun and other top company officials at FAA headquarters in...

Boeing 737 Max 9s Will Start Returning to the Skies

FAA approves inspection process to clear grounded planes

(Newser) - Despite the ongoing scrutiny of Boeing aircraft following a panel blowing off an Alaska Airlines plane midflight earlier this month, the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday opened up a path for the company's 737 Max 9s to return to service. The FAA grounded 171 planes after the Alaska Airlines...

This Is the Least Surprising Lawsuit of 2024

Complaint filed on behalf of passengers who were on Alaska Airlines flight when door plug blew off

(Newser) - There was bound to be fallout from the Alaska Airlines plane that lost a door plug last week , and the first of it is here in the form of a lawsuit. As Axios reports, a Seattle firm has filed a proposed class-action complaint Thursday on behalf of six passengers and...

Agencies Look at Whether Boeing Made Part as Designed

FAA tells 737 Max 9 builder to find the reason panel blew out within 10 days

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether Boeing failed to make sure a panel that blew off a jetliner in midflight last week was safe and manufactured to the design that regulators approved. The FAA investigation announced Thursday is focusing on plugs used to fill spots for extra exits when...

Alaska Airlines Restores, Then Pulls Some 737 Max 9s
Alaska Airlines Backtracks
on Clearing 737 Max 9s
the rundown

Alaska Airlines Backtracks on Clearing 737 Max 9s

FAA says more work might be required after part of fuselage blew out in midair

(Newser) - Alaska Airlines had to take a step backward Sunday in returning its 65 737 Max 9 aircraft to service after hearing from the Federal Aviation Administration. The airline inspected and put 18 of the planes back online Saturday, a day after part of the fuselage blew out during one of...

If You Think You've Had a Scary Flight, This May Beat It

Alaska Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Oregon after panel flies off, leaving huge hole

(Newser) - A flight from Oregon took a frightening turn as the weekend kicked off, though no one was hurt. KING 5 reports that the Alaska Airlines plane out of Portland International Airport on Friday afternoon—a Boeing 737 Max 9 jet headed to Ontario, California—was forced to turn around and...

Helicopter Crashes Into Miami-Area Canal

Woman survived but man later succumbed to his injuries

(Newser) - Emergency workers in South Florida on Wednesday rescued two people, one who later died, from a canal after their helicopter crashed, reports the AP. The helicopter, a Hughes 369 aircraft, was carrying two people from Fort Myers when it crashed into a canal about three miles west of Miami Executive...

NTSB Says 2 Jets Collided at Houston Airport

Nobody was injured in Tuesday incident

(Newser) - Hours before Michael Whitaker was confirmed by the Senate as the new Federal Aviation Administration chief on Tuesday, two private jets collided at a Houston airport. The FAA says a Hawker 850XP took off without permission at William Hobby Airport, colliding with a Cessna Citation coming in to land on...

FAA Nominee Withdraws
After 19 Months,
the FAA Has a Leader

After 19 Months, the FAA Has a Leader

Michael Whitaker confirmed in 98-0 Senate vote

(Newser) - After 19 months, there's finally somebody in charge at the Federal Aviation Administration. Michael Whitaker, a deputy FAA administrator during the Obama administration, was confirmed to a five-year term running the FAA in a 98-0 Senate vote Tuesday. Whitaker, who has held senior roles at several airlines, had the...

Elon Musk: Starship Is Ready for Launch. FAA: Not So Fast

Agency says investigation into disastrous first launch is still open

(Newser) - More than four months after the most powerful rocket ever created exploded soon after liftoff , SpaceX is ready to try again. The company has stacked its Starship rocket on top of a Super Heavy booster at its launch pad in Boca Chica in southern Texas. "Starship is ready to...

US Airlines Are Having Lots of Close Calls

'New York Times' investigation discoverers nearly 50 last month alone

(Newser) - On the bright side, no US airline has had a fatal air crash since 2009, the longest such streak on record, reports the New York Times . The flip side? Close calls are happening with what the newspaper calls "alarming" regularity. The newspaper's investigation, based on a review of...

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