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Seventh person dies after New York City explosion causes buildings to collapse

By Chris Francescani and Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) – The death toll from an explosion that collapsed two New York apartment buildings after an apparent gas leak rose to seven on Thursday, and the number of injured is close to 60, police said. New York City Police Detective Marc…

FAA will appeal dismissal of $10,000 fine over drone use for medical school ad

The U.S. aviation agency said Friday it will appeal the dismissal of a $10,000 fine it imposed on a Swiss entrepreneur who flew a drone over a college campus to make a commercial. Enthusiasts of the unmanned aircraft are closely following Raphael Pirker’s case, which they say could shape the…

Gov. shutdown stops NTSB investigation into bus crash that killed eight

The Tennessee bus crash that resulted in eight deaths and left fourteen injured will not be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board because of the government shutdown. “All of our highway investigators are furloughed,” Sharon Bryson, NTSB deputy director of communications told NBC. “I think it’s highly likely that…

UPS jet in Alabama crash was on autopilot seconds before impact

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – The UPS cargo jet that crashed in Alabama this week, killing its two crew members, was flying on autopilot until seconds before impact, even after an alert that it was descending too quickly, authorities said on Saturday “The autopilot was engaged until the…

Asiana pilot told passengers to stay in seats after San Francisco crash

The pilot of the Asiana Boeing 777 which crashed in San Francisco told attendants not to begin evacuating passengers in the chaotic immediate aftermath of the accident, air safety officials said Wednesday. The pilot has also reported being blinded by a flash of light upon approach as the plane came…

Ten killed in Alaska plane crash

Ten people were killed when an air-taxi plane crashed at the airport in the US city of Soldotna, in the state of Alaska, city police told AFP. The National Transportation Safety Board said late Sunday on its Twitter feed that it has sent a team to investigate the crash. Alaska…

Crash chopper with Indian newlyweds ‘was off course’

LOS ANGELES — A helicopter carrying four tourists including a young Indian newlywed couple crashed in a ravine near Las Vegas after veering off course, an initial investigation said Tuesday. The pilot and all passengers died last Wednesday when the chopper they were taking to see the Hoover Dam, a…

Airport geese to be cooked for poor

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City plans to capture pesky geese that threaten planes departing area airports and send them to Pennsylvania to be cooked for meals for the poor, city officials said. The plan is aimed at avoiding incidents like the forced landing of a U.S. Airways plane…

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