FAA was warned of risk for high-fatality balloon crashes

Jul 31, 2016

FAA was warned of risk for high-fatality balloon crashes

Warning about potential high-fatality accidents, safety investigators recommended two years ago that the Federal Aviation Administration impose greater oversight on commercial hot air balloon operators, government documents show. The FAA rejected those recommendations. A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people crashed Saturday ...

Jul 25, 2016

Shark likely attacked surfer off Kochi Prefecture

A shark is believed to have attacked a 29-year-old man Sunday evening when he was surfing in shallow waters off Irino Beach, a popular surfing spot in Kuroshio, Kochi Prefecture. The local Japan Coast Guard office quoted the man as saying a creature that ...

Jul 19, 2016

Russian ammunition train derails on Sakhalin

Villagers were evacuated on Russia’s Sakhalin island in the early hours of Tuesday when a train loaded with military ammunition came off the rails, local media reported. The Sovietskiy Sakhalin newspaper said police and emergency workers rushed to the site and cleared residents from ...

Jul 17, 2016

Flight recorder on EgyptAir MS804 indicates fire before crash

Audio from the flight recorder of crashed EgyptAir Flight MS804 mentions a fire on board the plane in its final moments, the investigation committee said on Saturday, confirming what sources on the committee had previously told Reuters. The Airbus A320 plunged into the eastern ...

Taiwan finds improper use of 'war mode' in missile misfire

Jul 5, 2016

Taiwan finds improper use of 'war mode' in missile misfire

A Taiwan Defense Ministry investigation found that several missteps and procedural violations led to the navy’s fatal missile launch Friday, determining the incident wasn’t intended to provoke China. Mistakes aboard the Jin-Jiang class patrol craft included the use of “war mode” on a weapons ...