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Iran unveils first domestic fighter jet

Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet at a defence show in Tehran on Tuesday

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August 21, 2018


Air China Paris-Beijing flight turns back over ‘false’ terror alarm

An Air China flight from Paris to Beijing turned back on Thursday over a terrorism threat, but Chinese state media later quoted the flag carrier saying it was believed to be a false alarm. Air China said flight CA876 had returned to Paris after the airline “received suspected terrorist information,” giving no further information on…

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July 26, 2018


Nine aboard US military plane destroyed in fiery crash

An aging US military cargo plane carrying nine troops was destroyed in a fiery crash Wednesday as it made its final scheduled flight before being mothballed, officials said. The C-130 “Hercules” cargo plane from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard crashed around 11:30 am (1530 GMT) near the Savannah airport. Footage of the crash showed…

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May 3, 2018


Faced with global warming, aviation aims to turn green

Oslo, Norway: Will we someday be able to fly without the guilt of causing environmental damage? A handful of firms and regulators hope that the electric revolution in cars will also take to the skies, helping the industry cope with an expected boom in travel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Many people say that we…

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April 8, 2018


In world first, Air India crosses Saudi airspace to Israel

TEL AVIV: Air India launched on Thursday the first scheduled service to Israel to be allowed to cross Saudi airspace, a sign of a behind-the-scenes improvement in ties between the Arab kingdom and the Jewish state. Flight AI 139 landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport about 30 minutes after its scheduled arrival time of…

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March 23, 2018


Gross mistake: Pilots leave cockpit absolutely empty during flight

MUMBAI: An Indian airline said Tuesday it had fired two pilots after reports they fought and both briefly left the cockpit unmanned during a New Year’s Day flight from London to Mumbai. Jet Airways took the step after investigating allegations that a male pilot slapped his female colleague during a heated argument when the plane…

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January 9, 2018


Video shows panicked passengers scream as two jets collides

The frightening collision of two airplanes triggered panic inside WestJet plane where panicked shouts and cries of those aboard can be seen in this Instagram video shot by a passenger. Watch the clip.

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January 6, 2018


Two planes collide on ground in Canada

MONTREAL: Two jets collided on the ground at a Toronto airport on Friday, setting the tail of one aircraft alight and prompting passengers to evacuate the other via an emergency slide. Both WestJet and Sunwing confirmed that their planes were involved in the collision at 18:19 local time (2319 GMT) at Toronto Pearson International, the…

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January 6, 2018


French start-up takes off with flight-sharing app

LONDON: A French start-up is reaching for the skies with a flight-sharing app, matching pilots with passengers looking for a low-cost way to take off in a private aircraft. “It’s a great way to get on planes. It’s quite a unique experience. It’s something new,” says Adam Nicholas, 27, at an airfield close to London….

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August 9, 2017


Children get hand-on with aviation

Flying is a phenomenon often embedded with the vocation of an adult segment of audience. Yet there remains an elusive quest for the younger minds to reach out and discover the science of being air borne. Pak AeroBotics is a club which has ventured into training and exposing younger minds in the art of aviation….

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July 4, 2017


Unusual reasons that made flights delay or fail to reach destinations

SHANGHAI: An 80-year-old Chinese woman delayed a domestic flight from Shanghai this week for nearly six hours after throwing coins into an engine of the plane supposedly for good luck. Shanghai police later said they would take no further action against the woman — said to be a Buddhist — due to her age, although…

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June 29, 2017


Gulf air embargo only for Qatar companies: UAE

Abu Dhabi: The air embargo imposed on Qatar only applies to airlines from Qatar or registered there, the United Arab Emirates Civil Aviation Authority said Tuesday. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain issued identical statements on the air embargo, which came into effect when Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Manama broke off relations with Qatar on June 5,…

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June 13, 2017


Korean Air flight lands safely after smoke in cockpit scare

TOKYO: A Korean Air flight carrying more than 150 passengers landed safely at a Japanese airport Friday shortly after pilots reported seeing smoke in the cockpit, officials said. The crew on the Boeing 737, which had left the Korean port city of Busan earlier in the day, noticed smoke coming out of cockpit panels just…

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June 9, 2017


Czech ‘GyroDrive’ beats flying cars for hybrid licence

BOCHOR: As global automakers compete to bring the first flying car to market, Czech pilot Pavel Brezina is trying a different tack: instead of creating a car that flies, he has made a “GyroDrive” — a mini helicopter you can drive. The engineer and owner of Nirvana Systems, a company producing motors for small flying…

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June 7, 2017


Chinese military planes intercept US aircraft: reports

WASHINGTON: Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted an American military plane over the East China Sea, media in the United States have reported, citing US officials. NBC News said the US aircraft, a WC-135 Constant Phoenix, was conducting a routine mission in international airspace Wednesday when it was intercepted over the East China Sea by two…

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May 19, 2017


Qantas chief Alan Joyce hit with pie in his face

SYDNEY: Qantas chief Alan Joyce Wednesday vowed to keep speaking out on social issues after a man who smashed a pie in his face said he was making a statement about marriage equality. Joyce, a staunch supporter of gay marriage, was targeted on Tuesday while addressing a business function in Perth, with a man wearing…

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May 10, 2017


Leopard shuts down Nepal airport

KATHMANDU: Nepal had to close its only international airport for around half an hour on Monday after a leopard was spotted close to the runway. A spokesman for the airport in Kathmandu said wildlife and security officers were searching for the animal, believed to be hiding in the drains, after it was spotted by a…

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April 3, 2017


Nine dead in Japan helicopter crash

TOKYO: All nine people aboard a helicopter that crashed during a mountain rescue drill in Japan over the weekend were killed, police said Monday. Six bodies were found in the morning inside the wreckage in the central prefecture of Nagano, a Nagano police spokesman told AFP. Three others, including the pilot, were confirmed dead on…

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March 6, 2017


Turkish cargo jet crash kills 37 in Kyrgyzstan

A Turkish cargo jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport on Monday, killing at least 37 people, most of them residents of a village struck by the Boeing 747 as it tried to land in dense fog, Kyrgyz officials said. According to the airport administration, the plane was supposed to make a stopover at Manas, near…

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January 16, 2017


Here are the world’s best and worst performing airlines

The aviation insights company FlightStats has released a list of the international airlines with the best on-time performance records and the losers. The company tracks delay and cancellation patterns for airlines across the globe, as reported by Bloomberg. Here is the list of flights along with the likelihood of getting delayed in each carrier: The…

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January 9, 2017


Afghan woman pilot’s asylum bid sparks fervent debate

Kabul: The shock announcement of Afghanistan’s first woman fixed-wing pilot to seek asylum in the US has touched off a spirited national debate on the country’s most vexing issues: insecurity, women’s rights and mass exodus of young people. Niloofar Rahmani, a 25-year-old pilot lionised widely as the “Afghan Top Gun” after the 1986 Tom Cruise…

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December 27, 2016