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Commercial Air Travel Passenger Death Rate Continues to Decline: MIT Study

It has never been safer to fly on commercial airlines, according to a new study by an MIT professor that tracks the continued decrease in passenger fatalities around the globe. The study finds that between 2008 and 2017, airline passenger …

With U.S. Leadership Grounded, Global Regulators Worry About 737 Precedent

The head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned on Tuesday that any discrepancy among global regulators over re-approving Boeing Co.’s 737 MAX for commercial flight could set a worrying precedent for future aircraft programs. The 737 MAX, Boeing’s …

Recalled Apple MacBook Laptops Banned from Flights Due to Batteries

U.S. airline safety regulators banned select MacBook Pro laptops on flights after Apple Inc. recently said that some units had batteries that posed a fire risk. In a statement, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it was “aware of the …

Cellphones Still a Flight Danger on Some Boeing Jets

U.S. government officials in 2014 revealed an alarming safety issue: Passenger mobile phones and other types of radio signals could pose a crash threat to some models of Boeing 737 and 777 airplanes. More than 1,300 jets registered in the …

U.S. Plans Global Summit on Boeing 737 Max Safety

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration next month will brief international aviation regulators on the agency’s work evaluating when the Boeing Co. 737 Max can return to service, which some countries have signaled they intend to decide on their own. The …

Relationship Between Boeing, FAA Safety Regulators Under Scrutiny

Soon after Lion Air Flight 610 plummeted into the Java Sea last October, killing all 189 people aboard, Boeing Co. began to point gingerly toward mistakes the airline may have made. A preliminary report by Indonesian authorities recounted the trouble …

Boeing Defends 737 Safety as First U.S. Lawsuit Filed Over Lion Air Crash

Boeing Co. has been sued in what may be the first U.S. claim tied to the crash of Lion Air Flight 610, which dove into the Java Sea after taking off from Jakarta Oct. 29. Irianto, the father of Dr. …

U.S. Safety Agency Targets Pilot Fatigue with Technology, Stricter Work Rules

U.S. accident investigators probing a San Francisco incident last year in which a jetliner was mere feet from landing on top of at least one other plane are poised to recommend new automated safety warnings and better pilot-fatigue protections. An …

Probe Says FAA Allowed Unsafe Charter Planes to Fly

Government aviation inspectors allowed unsafe aircraft to operate in U.S. commercial flight operations, a whistleblower investigation has concluded. The Federal Aviation Administration’s own review confirmed the allegations, according to the Office of Special Counsel, the agency charged with investigating complaints …

U.S., Europe Order Emergency Checks on 700 Engines Like One in Southwest Accident

U.S. and European airline regulators on Friday ordered emergency inspections within 20 days of nearly 700 aircraft engines similar to the one involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines engine blowout last week, citing risks of a similar mishap. The directives …