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U.S. Banning Lithium Batteries as Cargo on Passenger Airplanes

The U.S. government said on Wednesday it is issuing new rules barring airlines from carrying potentially hazardous lithium-ion cells and batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, and setting new requirements for transporting them on cargo planes. The U.S. Transportation Department’s …

Cramped Airline Seats Could Endanger Passengers During Evacuation

The shrinking space on airplanes is surely uncomfortable, but it might also be dangerous for passengers’ health and safety. Planes are filled with more passengers than ever before. Fliers are older and heavier. Flight attendants warn about an increase in …

Aircraft Accident Fatalities Fell to 224 in 2013, Fewest in a Decade

Aircraft accident fatalities fell to a 10-year low in 2013, with 224 deaths involving large commercial planes compared with 703 annually on average from 2003 to 2012. Last year there were 17 aircraft accidents worldwide involving such planes, compared with …

FAA Furloughs Airline Safety Inspectors

Nearly 3,000 aviation safety inspectors are being furloughed by the Federal Aviation Administration as part of the government shutdown, the union representing the inspectors said Monday. The inspectors check to make sure airlines are maintaining their planes safely, conduct inspections …

Safety Advances Boost Plane Crash Survival Odds

Passengers in plane crashes today, such as the one in San Francisco involving Asiana Airlines Flight 214, are more likely to survive than in past disasters. Saturday’s crash was the latest where a big commercial airliner was destroyed but most …

San Francisco Plane Crash Investigators: ‘Too Early to Rule Out’ Any Cause

Crash investigators are probing the final seconds before an Asiana Airlines Inc. Boeing Co. 777 crashed while landing in San Francisco, trying to establish whether a pilot with only 43 hours of experience flying that aircraft type was at the …

Low Fuel, Safety Design, Fast Exits Aided Asiana Crash Survivors

From mostly empty fuel tanks to a tail-first strike slowing the plane, the crash of Asiana Airlines Inc.’s Flight 214 became a story of survivability instead of disaster. The odds of living through the accident increased because of passengers belted …

Southwest Airlines Cancels Flights, Continues Fuselage Inspections

Southwest Airlines Co. canceled 70 flights Monday as it continued to inspect Boeing 737 planes following the emergency landing on Friday of a jet with a hole in its fuselage. Spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger said 70 flights systemwide were canceled for …