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Al Haynes, pilot of United Flight 232 and reluctant hero, dies 30 years after deadly crash in Iowa

Al Haynes, pilot of United Flight 232 and reluctant hero, dies 30 years after deadly crash in IowaFlight 232 pilot Al Haynes deflected the title "hero" and focused attention on the crew and unprecedented rescue coordination after the 1989 crash.



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A flight from the UK to Portugal was forced to make an emergency landing after the pilot reportedly fainted

A flight from the UK to Portugal was forced to make an emergency landing after the pilot reportedly faintedA Jet2 plane from Manchester, England, to Madeira, Portugal, diverted to Porto. The First Officer landed the plane, and an off-duty pilot helped.



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New Orleans: Pilot told tower of problems before plane crash

New Orleans: Pilot told tower of problems before plane crashThe pilot of a small plane in a deadly crash near New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport radioed the control tower shortly after takeoff about unspecified problems and sought clearance to return, federal investigators said Saturday. The pilot and an award-winning television journalist aboard were both killed in the crash Friday afternoon. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement that the pilot contacted the tower just before the Aerotek Pitts S-2B went down in a field not far from the airport.



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Putin gives pilot who landed in cornfield Russia's top medal

Putin gives pilot who landed in cornfield Russia's top medalRussian President Vladimir Putin on Friday awarded the nation’s highest medal, the Hero of Russia, to the pilot who managed to smoothly land his disabled passenger plane in a cornfield after a flock of birds hit both engines and knocked them out. The experienced captain, 41-year-old Damir Yusupov, said Friday that a quick landing was his only chance and he was not afraid of handling it. Putin also awarded the Hero of Russia to the plane’s second pilot, 23-year-old Georgy Murzin and bestowed other top awards on the plane’s cabin crew.



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Jihadists down regime plane, detain pilot in northwest Syria

Jihadists down regime plane, detain pilot in northwest SyriaJihadists Wednesday downed a regime plane flying over northwest Syria as it took part in a deadly campaign that has seen loyalists inch forward against their opponents, a monitor said. An AFP correspondent saw smoke rising in the south of Idlib province above the debris of the plane, with its wing bearing the Syrian flag. After eight years of civil war in Syria, the Idlib region — controlled by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate — is the last major stronghold of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.



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Airline pilot flies dad's remains home from Vietnam 52 years after seeing him off at same Dallas airport

Airline pilot flies dad's remains home from Vietnam 52 years after seeing him off at same Dallas airportWhen Air Force Maj. Roy Knight, Jr., left Dallas for Vietnam 52 years ago, his 5-year-old son, Bryan, came to Dallas Love field to see him off. On Thursday, Bryan, now a captain for Southwest Airlines,  brought back his father's remains aboard a flight to the same Dallas airport.



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Here's why the pilot of Enola Gay had no regrets about dropping the first atom bomb

Here's why the pilot of Enola Gay had no regrets about dropping the first atom bombOn August 6, 1945, US bomber the Enola Gay launched the world's first nuclear attack, dropping an atom bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.



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Navy identifies Lemoore pilot killed in crash in Death Valley National Park

Navy identifies Lemoore pilot killed in crash in Death Valley National ParkThe Navy has identified the Lemoore pilot killed in a crash in Death Valley National Park earlier this week.



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Navy confirms pilot died in jet crash in Death Valley

Navy confirms pilot died in jet crash in Death ValleyThe pilot of a U.S. Navy jet fighter that crashed in Death Valley National Park was killed, the military said Thursday. The F/A-18E Super Hornet was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-151 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California’s Central Valley. The jet went down Wednesday during low-level flying in what was described as routine training.



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Pilot missing after US fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, leaving sightseers injured

Pilot missing after US fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, leaving sightseers injuredA US Navy pilot is missing and seven people have been injured after a fighter jet crashed in California's Death Valley.The F/A-18E Super Hornet was being flown on a routine training mission when it went down around 10am local time, Lieutenant Commander Lydia Bock, public affairs officer for the Joint Strike Fighter Wing, said.Search and rescue teams scoured the crash site, but have so far been unable to locate the pilot, Lt Cmdr Bock added.The seven injured people were at a scenic overlook where aviation enthusiasts watch military pilots flying low through a steep and narrow chasm dubbed Star Wars Canyon.Injured tourists told KABC-TV they were taking photos of the sweeping landscape when the jet screamed into view and suddenly slammed into the canyon wall.The news station said they were treated for minor burns and cuts from flying fragments after the plane crashed and exploded.US and foreign militaries train pilots and test jets in the gorge, officially called Rainbow Canyon, near the park’s western entrance. Military flights there date back to the Second World War.The chasm was nicknamed Star Wars Canyon because the mineral-rich soil and red, grey and pink walls resemble the home planet of Star Wars hero Luke Skywalker.Lt Cmdr Bock said the cause of the crash was under investigation.The jet was from strike fighter squadron VFA-151 stationed at Lemoore. The squadron is part of an air group attached to the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis.Additional reporting by agencies



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