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Plane flies into ferris wheel in Australia

An ultralight plane crashed into a ferris wheel at a small town fair in Australia, narrowly missing two children, and dangled from the structure for hours before its occupants could be rescued. Locals were stunned on Saturday to see the Cheetah S200 fly into the ferris wheel at the Old…

Ray Kelly: NYPD has ‘means to take down a plane’

In an interview that aired Sunday, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly shocked CBS’ Scott Pelley by telling him that the NYPD has the capability to shoot down a plane if needed. “Are you satisfied that you’ve dealt with threats from aircraft, even light planes, model planes, that kind…

Iran says shot down a U.S. spy plane over nuclear site

(Reuters) – Iran has shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane over its Fordu nuclear site, a state-run website reported Wednesday, a day after it confirmed it was installing a new generation of advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges. “An unmanned U.S. spy plane flying over the holy city of Qom near…

Fighter jet intercepts plane near Obama

WASHINGTON — An F-15E fighter jet rushed out Saturday to intercept a small passenger plane flying near the presidential retreat of Camp David, where President Barack Obama is relaxing, US military officials said. The fighter jet intercepted the plane around 1:20 pm (1720 GMT) as it flew into restricted airspace,…

Russian plane crash leaves 44 dead

MOSCOW (AFP) – A Russian plane exploded into flames after crashing on a highway just short of its airport, killing 44 and leaving eight survivors fighting for their lives, officials said Tuesday. The RusAir Tupolev 134 was trying to land at its destination of Petrozavodsk in the Karelia region of…

40 dead in Russia plane crash: official

MOSCOW (AFP) – Forty people died late Monday when a Russian plane crashed onto a highway near Petrozavodsk airport in Karelia, northwest Russia, the emergency situations ministry said as quoted by Russian news agencies. The RussAir TU-134 carrying 43 passengers and five crew tried to land just before midnight Monday…

B-17 ‘Flying Fortress’ bomber crashes near Chicago

CHICAGO — A World War II era “Flying Fortress” bomber crashed into a field near Chicago and burst into flames Monday, but officials said all seven passengers on board escaped injury. Flames and thick black smoke billowed out of the wreckage of the historic plane which was ripped in half…

Florida group flies plane over Disney World to warn visitors of ‘Gay Day’

The Florida Family Association spent $7,000 to have an aircraft to fly near Disney World on Friday and Saturday with a banner that warned visitors of “Gay Day.” “Gay Day” is a six day celebration of gay and lesbian pride held in Orlando, FL, with Saturday spent at Walt Disney’s…

Homeland Security warns shoe bombs still a threat

LAS VEGAS — Shoe bombs remain a threat for US aviation, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who said passengers will have to continue to remove their shoes at airport screenings. Napolitano drew applause at a conference of travel and tourism industry leaders with her remarks that the department has…

Head of IMF facing sex assault charges

NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) – IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested and charged on Sunday with sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid, in a scandal that appeared to wreck his hopes of running for president of France. The charges threatened to create a leadership vacuum at the IMF, overseer of…

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