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A single-engine airplane that took off Friday from an airstrip north of Spokane crashed in Western Washington, killing two people aboard, authorities confirmed Saturday. The deceased are believed to be a father and son from the Deer Park area, said Lt. Rob Palmer of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. The bodies had not been recovered Saturday from the wreckage, he said.
The U.S. Senate’s newly passed bill to modernize airports is being hailed a jobs measure that could create 2,200 jobs in Spokane County over six years. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the new chairwoman of the Senate’s aviation subcommittee, met with local politicians and business people Sunday morning in Spokane to laud the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. The $34.5 billion spending package allows airports to tap about $8 billion in user fees captured by the sale of every airline ticket to repave runways, upgrade hangars and buildings, and make other improvements.
The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday revoked the licenses of the two Northwest Airlines pilots who flew past their Minneapolis destination by 150 miles.
Washington – Senate Democrats, determined to seat Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court quickly, announced mid-July hearings on her nomination Tuesday in a move that surprised Republicans. GOP leaders lashed out after Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, announced that he would convene the hearings on July 13 – considerably earlier than Republicans wanted – saying the date presents a “fair and adequate” schedule in line with the timeline for past Supreme Court nominees.
Southwest Airlines will pay a fine of $7.5 million for flying planes that had missed critical safety checks – $2.7 million less than government regulators initially ordered. The agreement announced Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration also gives the Dallas-based airline nearly two years to pay the fine in three installments of $2.5 million each.