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23 dead as Taiwan plane crashes into river (with video)

23 dead as Taiwan plane crashes into river (with video)

A plane carrying mostly Chinese tourists has crashed into a river in Taiwan, killing at least 23 people. Dramatic video footage emerged showing the TransAsia Airways plane clipping a bridge as it came down shortly after take-off from a Taipei airport. The plane, carrying 58 people, has broken up and the fuselage is lying half-submerged in the Keelung River. Rescue efforts are ongoing. At least 15 people are believed to have survived, with 20 still missing. Television footage showed some passengers wading clear of the sunken wreckage and a toddler being pulled...

Virgin Atlantic flight reports 'non-standard' landing

Virgin Atlantic flight reports 'non-standard' landing

A Virgin Atlantic passenger plane "is preparing to implement a non-standard landing" at Gatwick airport because of "a technical issue with one of the landing gears", the airline has said. Virgin said flight VS43 travelling from Gatwick to Las Vegas is returning to the West Sussex airport. The aircraft circled repeatedly between Gatwick and the...

Passengers 'get out and push' frozen plane

Passengers 'get out and push' frozen plane

Passengers due to take a flight in Siberia had to get out and push the aircraft after its brake pads froze solid, it's reported. The plane was trying to take off from the Russian town of Igarka, but was unable to move after the temperature fell to -52C, the RIA Novosti news agency reports. Passengers...

'No survivors' from Air Algerie crash in Mali

'No survivors' from Air Algerie crash in Mali

There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali, says the French President, Francois Hollande. Hollande said one flight data recorder had been recovered, after French troops reached the crash site near Mali's border with Burkina Faso. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane early on Thursday after...

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Ukraine searchers comb sunflowers for plane debris

Ukraine searchers comb sunflowers for plane debris

Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners spread out Friday across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, searching the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines jet shot down as it flew high above the country's battlefield. The attack Thursday afternoon killed 298 people from nearly a dozen nations — including vacationers,...

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A Plane with no Pilot?

A Plane with no Pilot?

We've heard of flight delays because of 'technical failure'. Translated that means it's a really old,  rickety plane bought at a clearance sale from the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Sometimes it's because some VIP is taking his sweet time to board. Or it could be as simple as the crew not...

New ping signals spark confidence in MH370 search

New ping signals spark confidence in MH370 search

Australian officials said on Wednesday two new "ping" signals had been detected in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, boosting confidence after more than a month of fruitless searching for the missing jetliner. The signals, which could be from the plane's black box recorders, bring to four the number of overall "pings" detected...

MH370 search has 'best lead so far'

MH370 search has 'best lead so far'

An Australian vessel searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has detected signals consistent with those from aircraft black boxes. Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield acquired the signal twice, once for more than two hours, Australia said. Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is leading the search, called it the "most promising lead" so far. But...

Searchers seek confirmation of "pings" heard in MH370 hunt

Searchers seek confirmation of

International search planes and ships are heading to an area where a Chinese ship twice heard what could be signals from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370's black box locators, Australian search authorities said on Sunday. Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the head of the Australian agency coordinating the operation, told a media conference...

More ships head to probe signals in plane search

More ships head to probe signals in plane search

Naval vessels carrying sophisticated deep-sea black box detectors were rushing to the site of an "important and encouraging" lead in the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner, the head of the multinational search said on Sunday. But retired Australian Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston stressed the two electronic pulses that a Chinese ship reported...

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