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Man who tried to hijack Italian plane overpowered

ROME (Reuters) – A man who tried to hijack a Paris-Rome flight Sunday and take it toLibya was overpowered by cabin crew during the flight and arrested when the plane arrived in Rome, Italian news reports said. The Ansa and Agi news agencies said the man was in a very confused state…

NASA sets April 29 launch for Endeavour shuttle

WASHINGTON — The US space agency on Tuesday confirmed plans to launch the shuttle Endeavour on its final mission to the International Space Station on April 29. NASA’s confirmation came following a flight readiness review meeting at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 14-day mission, known as STS-134, will include…

U.S. investigates runway plane collision in New York

PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. investigators have impounded an Air France A380 which collided with a smaller jet at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport on Monday but the airline says transatlantic A380 flights will be unaffected. The Airbus superjumbo, the world’s largest jetliner with a wingspan of almost 80 meters (yards), hit the tail section…

US orders Boeing tests after mid-air scare

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspections of some 175 older Boeing 737s worldwide after a fuselage rupture forced a US regional flight into an emergency landing. The announcement came as Southwest Airlines said it had found cracks in three other planes after last…

More bodies found in Air France wreckage

PARIS (Reuters) – Parts of the wreckage of an Air France plane found in the Atlantic at the weekend contain the bodies of some of the passengers who died when the aircraft crashed off Brazil in 2009, the French government said on Monday. Air France flight 447, an Airbus 330-203 plane, plunged into the ocean…

Debris from downed 2009 Air France jet found

When Air France flight 447 disappeared en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009, all 228 people on board were killed, and the debris was strewn over the Atlantic Ocean. Now, in the robot-assisted fourth round of searches for any remnants of the crash, French investigators…

Boeing’s new 747 successfully completes first test flight

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co’s 747-8 Intercontinental, the new passenger version of its legendary jumbo jet, completed its maiden flight without a hitch on Sunday, marking a key milestone for the aircraft model more closely associated with Boeing than any other plane. The behemoth began its first test flight from Boeing’s…

Space shuttle Discovery fueled for its last flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Space shuttle Discovery was being fueled for liftoff on Thursday on its final mission to carry supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station. Workers at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida began pumping supercold liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen into Discovery’s fuel tank…

Bat-winged drone bomber in test flight, US Navy says

LOS ANGELES — A robotic, bat-winged bomber designed to take off from a US aircraft carrier has passed its first test in a debut flight in California, the US Navy said. The X-47B jet, which looks like a smaller version of the B-2 stealth bomber, stayed in the air for…

US hunting previously unknown 9/11 gang: cable

LONDON – The United States is conducting a manhunt for a previously unknown group believed to be involved in the planning of the 9/11 attacks, according to a US cable published in Wednesday’s Telegraph newspaper. In the memo, leaked by the WikiLeaks website, a US official in Qatar told the…

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