Aug 1, 2015

Lessons of plane crash in Chofu

The July 26 airplane crash in Chofu, western Tokyo, demonstrates the need for tighter rules governing small airports and the pilots and companies that use them.

SkyWest cabin pressure emergency spurs FAA probe

Apr 23, 2015

SkyWest cabin pressure emergency spurs FAA probe

U.S. investigators are looking into why a SkyWest Inc. airplane with 75 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York, on Wednesday. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the flight crew reported a pressurization problem and declared ...

Apr 7, 2015

Landing gear problem prompts JAL 787 to return to Moscow

A Japan Airlines passenger aircraft, a Boeing 787 service bound for Tokyo, returned to a Moscow airport and made an emergency landing Monday just after taking off because of a landing gear problem, RIA Novosti news agency said. Japan Airlines said no one was ...

Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

Jan 26, 2015

Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

Afghanistan’s armed forces are so short of combat-ready aircraft that, late last year, they began fitting machine guns and rockets to Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopters, dubbed “flying tractors,” to bolster their air power. With new planes capable of engaging Taliban insurgents delayed by over ...

One of the last YS-11 passenger planes up for sale

Nov 28, 2014

One of the last YS-11 passenger planes up for sale

The transport ministry is inviting bids for one of the last YS-11s, the only Japanese-developed civilian passenger airplane. After this particular plane left commercial service, it was used by the ministry to check radio waves that guide arriving airplanes to runways at airports across ...

Japan's first homegrown airliner finally unveiled

Oct 18, 2014

Japan's first homegrown airliner finally unveiled

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. on Saturday finally unveiled Japan’s first homegrown passenger jet following three delays. The subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. rolled out the new twin-engine Mitsubishi Regional Jet at a plant in the town of Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture, where the midsize aircraft ...