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Mystery off-duty pilot aboard Lion Air flight speaks to authorities

Mystery off-duty pilot aboard Lion Air flight speaks to authorities

Indonesia's safety regulator has interviewed the off-duty pilot who was in the cockpit and helped the crew disable a malfunctioning flight-control system on a Lion Air plane a day before the aircraft crashed.

  • by Fathiya Dahrul, Harry Suhartono and Kyunghee Park

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Confusion, then prayer, in cockpit of doomed Lion Air jet
Boeing crisis

Confusion, then prayer, in cockpit of doomed Lion Air jet

As the seconds ticked by, the pilot handed the controls to his co-pilot and flipped through the pages of a technical manual, trying to figure out what was happening.

  • by Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono
Pilot who hitched a ride saved Boeing 737 Max a day before it crashed
Boeing crisis

Pilot who hitched a ride saved Boeing 737 Max a day before it crashed

An off-duty pilot in the cockpit saved the Lion Air 737 Max jet on October 28. The next day, with a different crew, it crashed, killing all 189 aboard.

  • by Alan Levin and Harry Suhartono
Virgin's new boss may fly in a different direction to Borghetti
Opinion
Opinion

Virgin's new boss may fly in a different direction to Borghetti

As the countdown to the arrival of Virgin's new CEO, Paul Scurrah, enters its last week, all eyes will be on how his strategy will differ from that of incumbent John Borghetti.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Pilots, experts call out push to make CASA weigh costs of safety
Qantas

Pilots, experts call out push to make CASA weigh costs of safety

Pilots and aviation experts fear that moves afoot to force Australia's aviation safety regulator to start considering the financial wellbeing of industry operators when it makes rules could compromise the country's air safety regime.

  • by Patrick Hatch
Why Trump is right about pilots
Opinion
Opinion

Why Trump is right about pilots

President Donald Trump was widely mocked last week for his response to the crash of Ethiopian Airlines, but he made a good point.

  • by David Fickling
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Empty coffins as funerals begin for Ethiopian Airlines crash victims
Aviation

Empty coffins as funerals begin for Ethiopian Airlines crash victims

A mass funeral has been held in Addis Ababa for some of the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash. In Kenya, however, closure has been harder to find.

  • by Elias Meseret
Boeing software fix to 737 Max jets will cost billions of dollars
Aviation

Boeing software fix to 737 Max jets will cost billions of dollars

The software fix for Boeing's 737 Max may end up costing the aircraft manufacturer billions of dollars as it redesigns a computerised flight-control system.

  • by Alan Levin, Richard Clough and Mary Schlangenstein
Reminder of good times: Boeing boosts CEO's pay 27 per cent for 2018
Aviation

Reminder of good times: Boeing boosts CEO's pay 27 per cent for 2018

Boeing's CEO received $33 million last year for turbocharging growth -- before the second deadly crash of its 737 Max jetliner plunged the company into crisis.

  • by Richard Clough and Anders Melin
Piece found in Boeing wreckage shows jet was set to dive, source says
Aviation

Piece found in Boeing wreckage shows jet was set to dive, source says

A screw-like device found in the wreckage of the Boeing 737 Max that crashed on Sunday in Ethiopia indicates the plane was configured to dive, the source says.

  • by Alan Levin
Should planes be able to fly themselves?
Analysis
Analysis

Should planes be able to fly themselves?

These days, planes largely fly themselves, but the recent tragedies in Indonesia and Ethiopia have raised questions about the downside of all that automation.

  • by Jack Nicas and Zach Wichter