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Crash kills 257 in Algeria's deadliest aviation disaster

Crash kills 257 in Algeria's deadliest aviation disasterALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A hulking military transport plane crashed just after takeoff in Algeria Wednesday, killing 257 people in the worst aviation disaster in the North African nation's history and plunging the country into mourning.



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Transport hub UAE says Qatar fighter jets harassing civil aviation

Transport hub UAE says Qatar fighter jets harassing civil aviationThe United Arab Emirates said two Qatari fighter jets “dangerously approached” an Emirati passenger flight and a civilian helicopter on Monday, sparking a swift denial by Doha in the latest such incident between the Gulf rivals. The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority condemned the “reckless manner” in which the Qatari fighter jets purportedly harassed its planes. “The distance was so close that the traffic collision avoidance system was triggered,” said Ismail al-Blooshi, assistant director of the aviation authority’s safety affairs division.



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Indonesia raises aviation warnings after Sumatra volcano emits ash cloud

Indonesia raises aviation warnings after Sumatra volcano emits ash cloudIndonesia on Monday raised flight warnings around the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island to their highest level after it sent a towering plume of ash more than 7 kilometers (4.4 miles) into the air, its biggest eruption this year. Areas around the crater of the volcano, located about 1,900 km (1,181 miles) northwest of the capital, Jakarta, have been off-limits for several years because of frequent volcanic activity. The Bureau of Meteorology’s Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VACC), in Australia’s northern city of Darwin, issued maps on Monday showing an ash cloud heading in three directions from Sinabung, to the north, northwest and south-southeast.



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Grand Canyon crash that killed Britons happened on tribal land with fewer aviation regulations

Grand Canyon crash that killed Britons happened on tribal land with fewer aviation regulationsInvestigators are continuing to probe what caused a helicopter to plunge into the Grand Canyon as it emerged that the crash happened on tribal land where air tours are not as highly regulated as those inside the national park itself. Three British tourists died when the helicopter went down on Saturday. They were in Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday and took a helicopter sightseeing tour on the Hualapai reservation. Becky Dobson, 27, her boyfriend Stuart Hill, 30, and his brother, Jason Hill, 32-year-old lawyer died. Three friends and the pilot are in hospital where investigators want to interview them about what went wrong. Unlike the national park, air tours on the Hualapai reservation are not subject to federal regulations that restrict routes, impose curfews and cap the amount of flights over the Grand Canyon each year. The Federal Aviation Administration granted the Hualapai Tribe an exemption 18 years ago after finding that the regulations would harm the tribe's economy where tourism is a major driver. Most of the flights over the reservation originate from Las Vegas, and air tour operators aggressively market them. The pilots can fly between canyon walls and land at the bottom next to the Colorado River on the reservation, which isn't allowed at the park other than for emergency operations. Quartermaster Canyon locator The National Transportation Safety board says it can't say with any certainty yet what caused Saturday's crash. Gary Robb, an attorney who has represented crash victims for almost 40 years, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal it may take investigators as long as nine months to establish the cause of Saturday’s crash. “It’s too early to speculate, but early indications suggest that perhaps heavy gusts could have been a factor that drove the aircraft to strike a wall of the canyon,” he said. “The other possibility is some sort of in-flight mechanical issue, including an engine problem or main rotor blade fracture or defect. Stuart Hill and Becky Dobson died when a helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon on Saturday Credit: facebook “You also cannot rule out human error, whether it be some sort of pilot incapacitation or neglect.” Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters said it is co-operating with the investigation and that it abides by flight safety rules and regulations that exceed those required by the Federal Aviation Administration. Saturday’s crash was its fourth fatal accident in the past 20 years, claiming eight lives.



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Aviation officers who dragged Dr David Dao off United Airlines flight are fired

Aviation officers who dragged Dr David Dao off United Airlines flight are firedTwo aviation security officers have been fired for their roles in forcibly removing a doctor from an overbooked United Airlines flight. Dr David Dao, 69, was dragged off a flight from Chicago O’Hare airport to Louisville, Kentucky, to make room for four crew members on the plane. A third officer resigned after the incident and two other officers involved in Dr Dao’s removal were temporarily suspended, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.



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Chicago Aviation Dept fires two officers involved in dragging man off flight

Chicago Aviation Dept fires two officers involved in dragging man off flightThe Chicago Department of Aviation has fired two security officers for their roles in the forcible removal of a passenger on a United Airlines flight in April, an incident that provoked international outrage. The firings were included in a report on the incident released on Tuesday by the Chicago Office of the Inspector General. David Dao, a 69-year-old Vietnamese-American physician, was hospitalized after aviation officers dragged him from a United Airlines plane to make space for four crew members on the flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky.



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San Francisco airport: Picture shows how close landing plane was to causing 'the worst aviation disaster in history'

San Francisco airport: Picture shows how close landing plane was to causing 'the worst aviation disaster in history'A picture and audio recording of a plane that almost crash landed into a busy taxiway has shed more light on what one aviation expert said could have been the “greatest aviation disaster in history”. Air Canada Flight 759 was moments way from tragedy as it approached San Francisco International Airport, mistaking the taxiway for the runway, before pilots pulled the plane up again at just 18 metres above the ground to try another landing. United Airlines pilots queuing at the front of the taxiway alerted air traffic controllers, and Philippine Airlines pilots in the plane behind switched on their landing lights to signal danger.



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Pictured: Moment when Air Canada jet almost caused 'greatest aviation disaster in history' in San Francisco

Pictured: Moment when Air Canada jet almost caused 'greatest aviation disaster in history' in San FranciscoNewly released data and photos show how shockingly low an Air Canada jet was when it pulled up to avoid crashing into planes waiting on a San Francisco International Airport taxiway last month. The Air Canada pilots mistook the taxiway for the runway next to it and flew their jet to just 59 feet (18 meters) above ground before pulling up to attempt another landing, according to National Transportation Safety Board information released on Wednesday.That's barely taller than the four planes that were on the taxiway when the incident occurred late at night on July 7. Pilots in a United Airlines plane alerted air traffic controllers about the off-course jet, while the crew of a Philippine Airlines jet behind it switched on their plane's landing lights in an apparent last-ditch danger signal to Air Canada. The sequence shows the Air Canada plane flying just above a United Airlines flight waiting on the taxiway Credit: NTSB NTSB investigators said they have not determined probable cause for the incident that came within a few feet of becoming one of the worst disasters in aviation history. "It was close, much too close," said John Cox, a safety consultant and retired airline pilot. Top image shows a map of the runway created from Harris Symphony OpsVue radar track data analysis. The middle image is from a transmission to air traffic control from a United Airlines airplane on the taxiway. The bottom image was taken from San Francisco International Airport video and annotated by source.  Credit: AP/NTSB The investigators said that as the Air Canada jet approached the taxiway just before midnight after a flight from Toronto, it was so far off course that it did not appear on a radar system used to prevent runway collisions. Those systems were not designed to spot planes that are lined up to land on a taxiway – a rare occurrence, especially for airline pilots. But the Federal Aviation Administration is working on modifications so they can, agency spokesman Ian Gregor said. The incident happened at San Francisco Airport on July 7 Both pilots of the Air Canada Airbus A320 jet were very experienced. The captain, who was flying the plane, had more than 20,000 hours of flying time, and the co-pilot had about 10,000 hours. The pilots told investigators "that they did not recall seeing aircraft on taxiway but that something did not look right to them," the NTSB said. Audio of Air Canada plane's near-miss with four other aircraft 00:25 Investigators could not hear what the Air Canada captain and co-pilot said to each other during the aborted landing because their conversation was recorded over when the plane made other flights, starting with a San Francisco-to-Montreal trip the next morning. Recorders are required to capture only the last two hours of a plane's flying time. Peter Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for Air Canada, declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation. Retired United Airlines captain Ross Aimer, now CEO of Aero Consulting Experts, said at the time: “If it is true, what happened probably came close to the greatest aviation disaster in history." Air traffic control | Five things you never knew  



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Putin shows off Russian advances at MAKS-2017 Aviation and Space Salon

Putin shows off Russian advances at MAKS-2017 Aviation and Space SalonThe MAKS airshow and exhibition is a major international event in the aerospace business. Here are photos from the first day of this year’s gathering.



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C919 jet set for maiden flight, in test of China's aviation ambitions

C919 jet set for maiden flight, in test of China's aviation ambitionsChina’s home-grown C919 passenger jet is set to take to the skies on its long-delayed maiden flight on Friday, a major step for Beijing as it looks to boost its profile in the global aviation market. The narrow-body aircraft, which will compete with Boeing’s 737 and the Airbus A320, is a key symbol of China’s ambitions to muscle into a global jet market estimated to be worth $ 2 trillion over the next 20 years. The jet will take to the skies at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport on China’s affluent east coast, at a ceremony expected to be broadcast live on state TV.



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