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Stories tagged: airplane

100 years ago in Spokane: Made-in-Spokane biplane takes flight

Spokane’s Northwest Aircraft Co. made a trial flight of its first airplane at the Parkwater Aviation Field.

At least 40 dead in Russian plane’s fiery emergency landing

A Russian airliner burst into flames while making an emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, and officials say at least 40 people died.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018

Woman brings ‘emotional support’ squirrel on plane. That doesn’t fly with Frontier

A passenger was removed from a Frontier Airlines flight late Tuesday when she attempted to fly with her “emotional support” squirrel, then refused to get off the plane when she …

‘Airplane of opportunity’? Richard Russell raised pilot’s suspicions a year before Sea-Tac plane heist

A commercial airline pilot says he encountered Richard Russell – the Horizon Air baggage handler who stole a passenger plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and took it for a wild …

Dog found dead in carrier during Delta layover near Detroit

Delta Air Lines is investigating the death of an 8-year-old pet dog during a layover at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, en route from Phoenix to Newark, New Jersey.

Southwest airplane is being repaired after fatal accident

The Southwest Airlines airplane that broke down midair in a fatal accident last month has made its way to a Seattle-area facility for repairs.

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017

Montana to decommission all but 1 of old airway beacons

Montana officials have decided to decommission all but one of the state’s old airway beacons that pilots used to rely on find their way in the night.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017

Passenger dragged off flight claims racial profiling

A woman seen on video being dragged off a Southwest Airlines flight in Maryland has said she believes she was a victim of racial profiling.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017

Commerce Department puts large tariff on Boeing rival Bombardier’s small jets

The U.S. Commerce Department sided with Boeing Tuesday in the jetmaker’s tense trade dispute with Bombardier, erecting a high barrier to sales of Bombardier’s CSeries jet in the U.S.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Alaska volcano sends up ash cloud; aircraft warning issued

The Alaska Volcano Observatory reports the latest eruption of a volcano in the Aleutian Islands sent up an ash cloud that could affect jet traffic.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017

Plane passenger spots man texting about exploiting children

Seattle police say a plane passenger contacted authorities as soon as his flight landed after he spotted a fellow traveler texting someone about sexually exploiting children.

Custom plane would call Pasco home, fly the world for research

Plans are being made to base a new aircraft at Pasco that will fly the world, collecting data on the Earth’s atmosphere.

Lighting should have alerted pilots of potential disaster

Investigators looking into the frighteningly close call involving an airliner that nearly hit planes on the ground at San Francisco International Airport will try to determine why the pilots made …

UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017

How hot is too hot aboard an airliner? The law doesn’t say

Every day, tens of thousands of U.S. airline passengers settle into their seats, lower the window shades and reach up to twist the air vents without the benefit of something …

Early arrival: Phoenix woman gives birth to boy on flight

Penton knew something was wrong within 15 minutes of takeoff, when the pregnant mother began to have contractions as often as every five minutes. Once her water broke, she knew …

Crowded airplanes heighten aggression – we know that from studying rats

It seems intuitive that the more passengers airlines cram into an aircraft, the more aggressive those passengers become. But there’s also some science that suggests that’s the case.

UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017

Paul Allen’s colossal Stratolaunch plane emerges from its lair

Paul Allen’s monstrous Stratolaunch airplane finally rolled out of its hangar in Mojave, Calif., Wednesday, showing off its complete twin-hulled majesty for the first time.

Disturbance on L.A.-to-Hawaii flight brings FBI, fighter jets

Two U.S. fighter jets were summoned Friday to escort a flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii after an unruly man was subdued by passengers and flight attendants, who used a …

Boeing halts test flights of new plane over engine issue

Boeing is suspending test flights of a new commercial airplane because of possible problems with a key engine part.

UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017

Washington county officials reach agreement with Japan

Airport officials in Snohomish County say they have reached a formal agreement with counterparts in Japan to help grow their aerospace businesses.

Harrison Ford won’t face any penalties over runway incident

Harrison Ford will not face any penalties over mistakenly landing on a taxiway at a Southern California airport earlier this year, the actor’s attorney said Monday.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017

Washington spends thousands on special flights for prisoners, report says

Washington state’s corrections department has been shuttling prisoners back to the state on airplanes routinely used by Gov. Jay Inslee. The King Air trips have cost taxpayers tens of thousands …

Rock musician charged with having loaded gun on Delta flight

Found with a loaded gun in his carry-on bag after stepping off a Delta Air Lines flight from Cancun, Mexico, Rick Derringer now faces a criminal charge in Atlanta, court …

Oregon man admits groping girl on Dallas-to-Portland flight

An Oregon man admitted to groping a 13-year-old girl on a flight from Dallas to Portland. Chad Camp pleaded guilty Thursday to assault and making an indecent sexual proposal to …

Powder falls from plane vent, triggers emergency response

Officials say a while powder fell from an air vent of an Alaska Airlines plane and triggered a hazardous material response when the flight landed in San Jose, California.

Pullman police want to go airborne with drone

The Pullman Police Department hoped to begin patrolling by air in the coming year. The department had budgeted $10,000 for a quadcopter in 2017, but the purchase may need to …

FBI closes inquiry into Brad Pitt over airplane incident; no charges filed

The FBI announced Tuesday that it had concluded its inquiry into Brad Pitt and his alleged behavior toward his teenage son aboard a private plane bound for Los Angeles.

Report: Cable error caused fatal airplane crash in Spokane River

A report from the National Transportation Safety Board said both the mechanic and pilot of a propellor airplane that crashed into the Spokane River in 2015 failed to notice improperly …

Suicidal Germanwings pilot had struggled in U.S. flight school

The German pilot who deliberately flew his airliner into a mountainside last year had struggled with learning to fly and had failed a key test of his skills during training …

People thrown ‘like little rag dolls’ in JetBlue turbulence

People were “thrown around like little rag dolls” when turbulence rocked a JetBlue flight from Massachusetts to California, a passenger said Friday, in an incident that left more than 20 …