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Real-Time Tracking to Be Required for Aircraft, After MH370 Disappearance

The U.N.’s aviation agency on Monday announced new requirements for the real-time tracking of civilian aircraft in distress, following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 two years ago. The International Civil Aviation Organization’s governing council approved proposals for planes …

Generali Acquires MyDrive Solutions, a UK Data Analysis Firm

Trieste-based Generali Group announced that it has acquired MyDrive Solutions, a UK company that uses data analytics tools to profile driving behavior. MyDrive Solutions, which was founded in 2010, specializes in identifying innovative and tailor-made products for customers as well …

Co-Pilot Likely Crashed Germanwings A320 Deliberately: French Prosecutor

The co-pilot of the Germanwings airliner that crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people aboard appears to have brought the A320 Airbus down deliberately, the Marseille prosecutor said on Thursday. German Andreas Lubitz, 28, left in sole control …

Reports Show Insurers Lag Behind in Adopting Technology

At a time when the financial sector is racing to embrace digital technology to boost sales and drive profits, the traditionally staid insurance industry is in danger of falling behind. Some insurers are using developments such as telematics, or social …

Pilots Disabled Critical Computers Just Before AirAsia Crash 

The pilots of AirAsia Bhd. Flight 8501 cut power to a critical computer system that normally prevents planes from going out of control shortly before it plunged into the Java Sea, two people with knowledge of the investigation said. The …

How AirAsia Investigators Will Use Black Box to Crack Crash Mystery

Listening to a recording of ValuJet Flight 592’s last moments, investigator J.F. Joseph kept hearing sounds the pilots hadn’t talked about. “You could hear this noise clicking on and off like a pinball machine,” he said by phone from San …

France Sends Expert Search Team to Air Asia Jet Crash Scene

France’s BEA crash investigation agency said a specialist black box search team and equipment arrived on Friday at the search area for the Indonesia AirAsia flight which crashed on Sunday en route from Indonesia to Singapore. The agency said a …

Adverse Weather Hinders Efforts to Recover AirAsia Flight Data Recorders

Indonesian authorities began deploying divers to find debris from the crashed AirAsia Bhd. jetliner as a day of adverse weather hindered efforts to find the plane’s black boxes. Searchers recovered seven bodies so far, including that of a female flight attendant, …

Malaysian Plane Tragedy Increases Pressure for Plane Tracking after MH370

Four weeks into the hunt for MH370, pressure is building for better ways of tracking aircraft as regulators wrestle with the Malaysian jet’s disappearance armed with only minimal information on the fate of its 227 passengers. As search efforts intensified …

U.S. Transportation Department Proposes Black Boxes in All Cars

Devices that record crash-related data would be required in all new cars and light trucks under a U.S. Department of Transportation proposal made on Friday to broaden their growing use in the United States. The proposed rule, which may stir …