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'He could have turned around': Kobe Bryant's pilot shouldn't have flown in severe fog, expert says

'He could have turned around': Kobe Bryant's pilot shouldn't have flown in severe fog, expert saysAviation experts have expressed concerns over the decision made by Kobe Bryant’s pilot to fly his helicopter in severe weather conditions on Sunday, before it crashed killing all nine people aboard the aircraft.“He could have turned around and gone back to a safer place with better visibility," Randy Waldman, a helicopter flight instructor in Los Angeles, California, told the Associated Press following the deadly crash.



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The Delta pilot who dumped jet fuel on schoolkids told air traffic control moments before that he wasn't going to do it

The Delta pilot who dumped jet fuel on schoolkids told air traffic control moments before that he wasn't going to do itRadio transcripts record air traffic control asking Delta flight 89 if it needed to dump fuel. Despite replying "negative," the fuel was dumped.



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Russia's most advanced fighter jet crashes, pilot lives

Russia's most advanced fighter jet crashes, pilot livesRussian officials say their most advanced fighter jet has crashed on a training mission but that its pilot bailed out safely.



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Russia's most advanced fighter jet crashes, pilot survives

Russia's most advanced fighter jet crashes, pilot survivesRussian officials say a top-of-the-line fighter jet has crashed on a training mission but that its pilot bailed out safely. Russia's United Aircraft Corporation said in a statement Tuesday that the Su-57 fighter came down during a training flight near Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the country's far east. The Su-57, which made its maiden flight in 2010, is Russia's most advanced fighter plane.



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Suspect in deadly shooting at Florida naval base was reportedly a Saudi pilot in the US for training

Suspect in deadly shooting at Florida naval base was reportedly a Saudi pilot in the US for trainingThe suspect was reportedly a Saudi aviation student, and authorities are said to be investigating whether the deadly shooting was terrorism-related.



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The Latest: Pilot dies as plane crashes into California home

The Latest: Pilot dies as plane crashes into California homePolice say the pilot of a small plane that crashed into a Southern California home has died. Upland police Capt. Marcelo Blanco said Thursday that authorities believe the pilot was the only person aboard the single-engine Cirrus SR22. Blanco says authorities don’t know what caused the plane to crash into the residence, igniting a fire.



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A Chinese pilot was suspended over a viral photo of a woman posing and flashing a V-sign in his cockpit during a flight

A Chinese pilot was suspended over a viral photo of a woman posing and flashing a V-sign in his cockpit during a flightThe unidentified woman is seen sitting in the captain's seat with drinks in front of her on an Air Guilin flight in January this year.



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US F-16 warplane crashes in Germany with pilot taken to hospital

US F-16 warplane crashes in Germany with pilot taken to hospitalAn American F-16 fighter jet crashed Tuesday near the city of Trier in western Germany, the German air force told AFP, with the pilot surviving after using the ejector seat. After multiple emergency calls around 3:15 pm local time, emergency services reached the scene near the village of Zemmer, police said in a statement. The airman was taken to hospital. Police said it was not immediately clear how seriously he was injured in the crash. Authorities blocked off a large zone around the crash site including several roads, the police statement added, urging drivers to avoid the area. A spokesman for the nearby US military airbase at Spangdahlem told AFP he had no further information about the crash, its causes or the health of the pilot. Germany is no stranger to military aircraft crashes, including in its own shortage-plagued Bundeswehr armed forces. In June this year, two of the air force's Eurofighter jets crashed after colliding in mid-air in northeastern Germany. One of the pilots was killed, while the other ejected to safety. Less than a week later, a helicopter pilot died when his aircraft crashed near an army training centre. The last American military crash in Germany dates back to 2015, when one of the Spangdahlem base's F-16 fighters went down in northern Bavaria. In that incident, the pilot surviving after ejecting from the plane.



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The Latest: Pilot in B-17 crash logged 7,300 hours in bomber

The Latest: Pilot in B-17 crash logged 7,300 hours in bomberAn official from the National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot in a deadly Connecticut plane crash had more than 7,000 hours’ experience flying B-17s. The pilot, Ernest McCauley, was among the seven people killed in the crash Wednesday at Bradley International Airport. The wife of a man who died in a B-17 bomber crash in Connecticut says she had “a really bad feeling” the plane was going to go down.



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Japan refers US military pilot to prosecutors over Osprey crash

Japan refers US military pilot to prosecutors over Osprey crashJapanese authorities on Tuesday referred the case of a US military pilot to prosecutors over the 2016 crash of an Osprey aircraft that fuelled sentiment against a US base on Okinawa island. The crash did not kill anyone and only caused injuries to two of the five crew members aboard the US Marine MV-22 Osprey. The Pentagon described the December 2016 crash as a “mishap”, which saw the plane end up in shallow water off Okinawa.



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