January 15th, 2014
05:11 AM ET

Plane crash victim spotted before run over

Teenager Ye Meng Yuan didn't die from a plane crash at San Francisco International Airport last July. She actually survived the impact - only to die shortly later after a fire truck ran over her.

Now, newly released video obtained by CBS suggests emergency workers saw Ye's injured body on the ground before she was fatally struck - challenging earlier claims that she was accidentally run over because she may have been covered in firefighting foam.

In the footage, one firefighter tried to stop an emergency vehicle racing toward the scene.

"Whoa, whoa, whoa! Stop, stop, stop! There's a body ... there's a body right there. Right in front of you," the firefighter told the driver.


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October 15th, 2013
01:08 AM ET

Dry ice explosion reported at LA airport

For the second time in two days, dry ice placed in a container exploded at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday night.

The explosion took place just before 8:30 p.m. at the Tom Bradley International terminal, said Los Angeles Police Detective Gus Villanueva.

"The investigation is in its infancy," he said, adding that there's "no nexus to terrorism at this point."

On Sunday, dry ice in a plastic bottle exploded in an employee restroom at the airport, causing a brief shutdown of Terminal 2, the FBI said. No injuries were reported, and Terminal 2 resumed operations after a brief evacuation.

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October 14th, 2013
12:29 AM ET

LAX terminal briefly shut down

A Los Angeles International Airport terminal was shut down briefly Sunday evening after an unspecified incident.

FBI agents were investigating the incident in Terminal 2, said airport spokesman Nancy Castle.

Authorities did not say what happened, but airport operations director Barry Rondinella said it "looks like it was a mistake and not an actual explosion."

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October 1st, 2013
12:14 PM ET

Santa Monica plane crash killed 4, coroner says

Four people were on board a business jet that crashed into a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said Tuesday.

No one survived Sunday's crash and subsequent fire.

The twin-engine Cessna Citation ran off the right side of the runway after landing at 6:20 p.m. PT, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

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August 14th, 2013
03:35 PM ET

2 killed in UPS plane crash

The pilot and co-pilot of a UPS cargo plane died Wednesday when their jet crashed, broke into pieces and burned near Birmingham's airport, officials said.

While UPS said the status of its crew remained unconfirmed, Birmingham Airport Authority Chairwoman Gaynell Hendricks and the city's mayor confirmed the deaths.

"It's a grim scene," Hendricks told CNN affiliate WBRC.


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August 7th, 2013
04:51 AM ET

Fire shuts down Nairobi airport

A massive fire shut down Nairobi's Kenyatta International Airport on Wednesday, causing extensive damage and a potentially huge toll on Kenya's tourism and commerce.

The blaze had engulfed the airport's entire international terminal, Ken Mijungu of CNN affiliate NTV reported.

No casualties were reported from the fire, which sent a large plume of thick black smoke into the sky.

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August 6th, 2013
02:19 AM ET

Sabre reservation outage delays flights

An outage at the airline reservation system Sabre caused headaches for airlines around the world early Tuesday morning.

"Sabre is experiencing a system issue," the company said in a tweet. "Our technology team is working as quickly as possible to resolve the situation."'

Virgin Australia manually checked in customers. And Johannesburg's international airport said British Airways flights experienced delays earlier.

The Sabre system is used by more than 300 airlines and more than 100 airports worldwide.

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June 24th, 2013
12:25 AM ET

Another 787 Dreamliner diverted

A United Airlines 787 Dreamliner was diverted early Sunday due to a mechanical problem, Boeing said.

The plane landed without incident and with no passenger injuries, the plane maker said.

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May 3rd, 2013
02:49 PM ET

Houston airport shooter killed self, police say

The gunman who fired shots into the ceiling of a Houston airport on Thursday left behind a suicide note saying he had a "monster within" and he wanted police to stop him before he hurt others, police said Friday.

The man, identified as Carnell Marcus Moore, 29, of Beaumont, Texas, shot himself fatally in the temple as he was confronted by a Homeland Security officer at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport on Thursday afternoon.

Moore had gone to the airport with the intention of suicide and left a note inside a suitcase he carried into the terminal, police officials said at news conference Friday morning.

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House OKs measure to end controller furloughs
April 26th, 2013
12:58 PM ET

House OKs measure to end controller furloughs

[Updated at 12:58 p.m. ET] In rare bipartisan accord, normally quarrelsome U.S. lawmakers passed a measure designed to end budget-related air traffic controller furloughs blamed for widespread flight delays.

The House of Representatives approved the legislation, capping a major congressional initiative as delays snarled traffic at airports. The House vote comes a day after unanimous approval by the U.S. Senate.

The measure - which is expected to be signed into law by President Obama - gives the Transportation Department budget planners new flexibility for dealing with forced spending cuts.

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Japan OKs 787s to fly again
Japan's two largest 787 operators reportedly have begun installing modified lithium ion batteries on their 787 jets.
April 25th, 2013
10:31 PM ET

Japan OKs 787s to fly again

Japan has authorized passenger airlines to resume Boeing 787 flights in the country starting Friday, the ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism said.

The move follows the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's posting of the Airworthiness Directive for Boeing's 787-8 online Thursday. The directive goes into effect upon publication Friday in the Federal Register.

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April 18th, 2013
04:58 PM ET

Flight delays hit Chicago airports

More than 600 flights were canceled Thursday at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports due to heavy rain in the region, the Chicago Department of Aviation said.

Both airports reported delays of between 30 to 90 minutes after the metropolitan area experienced a deluge of nearly 7 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.

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April 17th, 2013
05:22 PM ET

Bad weather prompts flight cancellations

Hundreds of flights have been canceled Wednesday nationwide - including in Chicago and Denver - due to bad weather, airport officials said.

Airlines have reported 400 cancellations - out of 1,700 flights daily - at Denver International Airport due to a storm that is forecast to dump seven inches of snow in the area, the airport said at 2:50 p.m. (4:50 p.m. ET). The announcement came before the heavy snow had arrived.

Delays at the Denver airport are averaging just over two hours and 15 minutes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

At O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, meanwhile, more than 300 flights have been canceled due to bad weather.

The Chicago Department of Aviation reported the cancellations at 3:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. ET), as well as the fact that delays for flights that were still on - both in and out of the busy airport - averaged one hour or more.

Airlines reported delays of 30 minutes or more at Midway, another Chicago airport, the city department said.

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Boeing: 787 test flight 'uneventful'
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been plagued by problems with lithium-ion batteries.
April 5th, 2013
05:15 PM ET

Boeing: 787 test flight 'uneventful'

A flight labeled the "final" certification test of an improved battery system for the grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliner was "straightforward" and "uneventful," the airplane maker said Friday.

The test was an important one for Boeing, which has billions of dollars riding on the success of the new airliner. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and similar regulators worldwide grounded the Dreamliner in January after two battery-related fires damaged 787s in Boston and Japan. No one was hurt in the fires.

In March the FAA approved a Boeing certification plan to fix the 787's problematic lithium-ion battery system and prove the new design is safe. Friday's nearly two-hour flight was the final certification test of that plan.


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April 5th, 2013
03:47 PM ET

FAA delays closures of 149 control towers

The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it will delay the closures of 149 federal-contract air traffic control towers until June 15.

Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these regional airport towers to help it meet $637 million in forced spending cuts.

The tower closures had been scheduled to begin April 7, phased in over four weeks. The towers are low- or moderate-volume facilities staffed by contractors

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Judge OKs big airline merger
US Airways and United Airlines are working on a merger.
March 27th, 2013
05:32 PM ET

Judge OKs big airline merger

A federal bankruptcy judge gave approval on Wednesday for US Airways and American Airlines to proceed with their planned merger, according to a source familiar with the situation.

US Airways and American Airlines announced plans last month to join forces in an $11 billion deal to create the world's largest airline.

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Lawyer: Client will plead not guilty to slapping child during flight
Joe Rickey Hundley is accused of slapping a crying child sitting near him during a flight in February.
March 20th, 2013
03:26 PM ET

Lawyer: Client will plead not guilty to slapping child during flight

The Idaho man accused of slapping a crying 19-month-old boy on a commercial airline flight will plead not guilty, attorney Marcia Shein said.

Joe Rickey Hundley, who is charged with assaulting a minor, is scheduled to appear in a federal courthouse in Atlanta Wednesday.

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March 18th, 2013
05:09 AM ET

Plane crashes into neighborhood, kills 2

A corporate jet, sheared in half - it's nose poking through the front window of a shattered home.

Such was the scene in a South Bend, Indiana, neighborhood Sunday when a Hawker Beechcraft 390 slammed into a row of single-story homes, damaging three.

Two of the four people aboard the plane died on impact.

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FAA OKs plan to fix Dreamliner battery woes
March 12th, 2013
05:42 PM ET

FAA OKs plan to fix Dreamliner battery woes

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday approved a proposed remedy for problems that triggered battery fires and led to the grounding of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, but the company must still demonstrate its approach will ensure safety before those planes can fly again.

The agency said it had signed off on a certification plan by the world's biggest aircraft manufacturer to redesign the wide body's lithium-ion battery system.

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March 8th, 2013
09:33 PM ET

Delta CEO criticizes new knife rule

Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson said Friday he objects to the federal Transportation Security Administration's move this week to allow small pocketknives on airplanes.

"These items have been banned for more than 11 years and will add little value to the customer security process flow in relation to the additional risk for our cabin staff and customers," Anderson said in a letter to the head of the TSA.

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